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Gmail Desktop Notifications in Google Chrome

Monday, March 12th, 2012 by | Filed Under: E-Mail Help

Do you use Gmail as your main e-mail provider and Google Chrome as a web browser? Sure you, do – a lot of people do, in fact. Yet there’s one thing that’s always annoyed me (up until I found this tip, that is) – getting notifications on my desktop whenever I receive an e-mail.

Well, good news, Chromies – it’s easy to enable desktop notifications in Gmail, and here’s how.

First, open Google Chrome, log into your Gmail account and click the gear icon on the upper right.

Under the Desktop Notification section, put a dot in the New mail notifications on radio button, and click Save Changes at the bottom.

Voila – you should now receive a handy little desktop pop-up whenever you receive an e-mail in your Gmail account!

If you’d like to turn off these notifications, just follow the steps again and select the Mail notifications off option.


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11 Responses to “Gmail Desktop Notifications in Google Chrome”

  1. Don D says:

    Explorer 8 does not support desktop notifications. You must have Google Chrome as your default homepage. Simply having a g-mail account is not sufficient

  2. Dell Miller says:

    Unfortunately lots of browsers (I use the latest Firefox) do not support this wonderful addition,I wish they did.I know I could use Chrome,which does support it,but I prefer using my existing browser.
    Regards to all at Worldstart
    Dell Miller
    London U.K.

  3. Leonard Hoyt says:

    There is no listing “New mail notifications” under the gear in my G-mail.

  4. Ron says:

    Does this work in browsers other than Chrome? I get a message that says my browser isn’t supported, and to “upgrade” my browser to Chrome.

  5. Dirgster says:

    For this tip to work, you have to use Google Chrome. Internet Explorer 9 does not offer the option you mentioned.

  6. Dave Tracey says:

    This tip sounds good but is not dupported by Firefox. It asked me to upgrade to google chrome – which I did not do.

  7. Gaby says:

    Doesn’t work with Firefox either.

  8. Kevin says:

    Several readers were disappointed to learn that this feature isn’t available for Firefox. There is a Firefox extension that offers Gmail desktop notification, Gmail Checker for Firefox. Just search the WorldStart site for that phrase, if you’d like to read our review.

    • neetu narula says:

      I can not use email notification option for my desktop in firefox..
      I am very disappointed ..
      please send some help

  9. Judd says:

    It’s easy to say “First, log into your Gmail account and click the gear icon on the upper right.”
    Exactually, HOW do I ???

  10. aranor says:

    Try the extension tab notifier for firefox:

    It provides desktop notifications really similar to Chrome’s ones.
    Besides, if you want, it monitors the title of the pages to update you about websites that don’t support desktop notifications at all (e.g. other web-based emails).

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