What is Gmail Notifier extension and how does it work?
Gmail Notifier aims to bring a simple yet powerful UI to manage your unread emails without the need to open Gmail website everything you receive a new email. Read this blog post to find more about the extension and how it works.
What's new in this version?
Please check the Logs section.
How to sign-in into multiple accounts at once?
First, sign-in to your primary Gmail account. Then click on your name or email address at the top of the page. Select "Add account" from the drop-down menu. On the page that opens up, enter the email address and password for another account that you wish to access, and click the "Sign in" button.
Well, there is an option in the options page to open Gmail account when there is only a single account logged-in. For multiple accounts since the extension does not know what account is the actual destination the popup is used. However, if you need a powerful notifier-only extension, give my "Badge Counter for Gmail" add-on a try! This extension displays the total number of user-defined search queries in the badge area and opens the Gmail account when the icon is clicked. See the FAQs page for more info.
How to access to the Gmail Notifier's settings?
To change addon's settings, open chrome://extensions/ in Google Chrome and Opera or open about:addons in Firefox. Or right click on the toolbar button and press open "Options page".
Why is multiple account notification not working anymore?
First make sure you are logged-in into all your accounts and they are all accessible through account 1 (/mail/u/0/), account 2 (/mail/u/1/) and so forth. Now open Gmail Notifier’s Option page and make sure in the “Feeds” section all accounts have label
inbox in their boxes.
How to adjust Gmail Notifer to get label-specific notifications?
To get notification for a specific label other than 'inbox', open the settings page, and add the 'label-name' to get notification of in the 'feeds' section
Is it possible to disable specific accounts from receiving notifications?
Yes, in the settings page, remove label
inbox for that particular account.
Is it possible to get notification for a specific category (Primary, Promotions, Social, Updates, and Forums)?
Yes, you can watch these specific categories by adding one or more of these labels in the "feeds" section.
^sq_ig_i_personal (Inbox Primary),
^sq_ig_i_social (Inbox Social),
^sq_ig_i_promo (Inbox Promotions),
^sq_ig_i_notification (Inbox Updates),
^sq_ig_i_group (Inbox Forums),
^smartlabel_group. Optionally remove label
inbox to only get notifications of the categories.
Note: the labels starting with
^smartlabel_ are not limited to your inbox, hence you will get notification for unread emails in the category even if they are not in your inbox
Toolbar button suddenly disappeared from my Firefox browser and the extension doesn't work anymore. How can I fix this?
If you cannot see the toolbar button anymore, most likely the extension has not been initiated properly due to a conflict with another extension or damage in your current Firefox profile. The easiest way to fix this is to install the extension on a clean profile as instructed here. Note that the new profile neither has your installed extension, nor your stored bookmarks, passwords, or any other personal settings. However, it is easy to migrate them into the new profile. Just follow the sync instruction here.
How to get notifications from Google Calendar?
It is possible to get notifications from your Google Calendar right from this extension. To do so, you need to configure Google Calendar to send you email reminders. Then you need to configure your Gmail to filter those messages in a defined label (also select skip inbox option to prevent inbox cluttering). Now set Gmail notifier to track that specific label (read FAQ ).
Gmail notifier only monitors first 5 accounts by default. How to extend this?
If you have more than five logged-in accounts, you need to manually add comma separated feed links for the notifier to recognize them. Open options page, in the Feeds section, under "Custom feeds" textbox, add feeds links in this format
[account-id] is your Gmail id when Gmail webpage is open;
https://mail.google.com/mail/u/5/#inbox for instance.
In Mac OS whenever I receive a new email, I get two sound notifications. One is from Gmail Notifier and the other is from Mac Notification Center. How can I disable Mac Notification Center's sound?
From Firefox 28.0, Firefox notifications are handled by Mac Notification Center which causes an extra notification sound. If you don't want to get any notification sound at all you need to uncheck "Play alert sound for new emails" from Gmail Notifier settings as well as sound notification for Firefox from the Notification Center (check image below). Related GitHub topic.
I have too many emails in my account and I am not willing to delete them. By default the notifier badge number is the total number of all unread emails which in my case is a big number! Is there anyway to request notification for only the recent emails (say emails of the last two days)?
Yes, the instruction is available here
Is it possible to open inbox.google.com instead of Gmail when a link on the toolbar panel is clicked?
Gmail Notifier does not support inbox.google.com yet, however, there is a way to force inbox to be opened as described in https://github.com/inbasic/ignotifier/issues/304#issuecomment-124967133.
How can I add or remove the toolbar button in Firefox?
To add/remove the toolbar icon right-click on a free space in your Firefox toolbar and select "Customize...". Now you can drag and drop the button to a new position. Read more about this here.
How can I have more than one toolbar buttons so that each notifier can be configured for separate account (such as different alert sound or different toolbar counter)?
To do so you need to hack into the code! The instruction is provided here.
Why the new version of Gmail Notifier extension requires "Read your browsing History" permission?
The notifier used to use
localStorage API to store user's preferences. The new version switched to the standard Storage API. Accessing this API requires the new permission. You can read more on this here.
In Firefox, the notifier is not playing user selected sound files. Is there any workaround for this?
First make sure you are on the latest version of the extension. If still user selected sound is not playing, make sure
media.autoplay.enabled is enabled in the Firefox preferences page. Open about:config in a browser tab and search for the pref. The value needs to be
True in order for the notifier to have permission to play sound files.
Gmail collects my email from other mail-boxes. Gmail checks all these POP3 accounts once per an hour. When Gmail Notifier detects an unread email from these POP3 accounts sometimes there is no sound alert (but the badge number is fine). Is there any workaround for this?
By default, Gmail Notifier only fires desktop and alert notifications for unread emails received within the past 10 minutes. You can change this behavior from the options page. Head to the "Miscellaneous" section and change the time interval there.
I have too many unread emails in my inbox folder. Is it possible to restrict notiffications to only appear if incoming emails that match user defined criteria?
Yes, Go to Gmail website and define a filter that matches all your needs. Now ask Gmail to add a label for this particular filter. Open Gmail Notifier options page and replace the
inbox label with the newly created label for that particular account.
Is it possible to change the desktop notification position (Firefox on Windows and Linux only)?
You can change the position of desktop notifications in Firefox. Note that this will alter the position of all the desktop notifications (not only those fired by Gmail Notifier extension). To do so, open “about:config” in a new browser tab. Then create a new
integer preference named
ui.alertNotificationOrigin. For the value choose between:
0- Bottom right
2- Bottom left
4- Top right
6- Top left
How can I get notifications only from "Primary Tab" of my Gmail instead of inbox?
Open Gmail UI and search for
label:^smartlabel_personal label:inbox. Now create a new label for this search. Add this newly created label into your Feeds section of the Gmail Notifier add-on.
Recently I changed my Firefox browser settings to disallow 3rd party cookies (Settings -> Privacy & security -> Accept third-party cookies to "never"). Since this change, the Gmail Notifier add-on hasn't worked properly. Is there any workaround for this problem?
The notifier needs to see Gmail related cookies so when the Gmail feed URLs are fetched, Gmail considers the add-on as a logged-in user. Adding an “allow” exception for the following 3 URLs in the exception list fixes the issue:
See https://github.com/inbasic/ignotifier/issues/443 for more info.
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The Gmail™ Notifier extension started out as an open-source project that would provide ongoing notification about incoming e-mails from all of your Google accounts. While it is possible to receive notifications and e-mail alerts with Gmail open, this extension in various browsers makes it very simple to receive on-screen notifications for new e-mails as they come in. The nice part about the Gmail™ Notifier is that you can perform a number of active functions from multiple accounts. As you have your browser open there is a separate tab for all of the new messages coming in as well as a pop-up window when you receive a message. As you begin to receive messages you can instantly click on the new message notification to log into any one of your Gmail accounts to receive the message.
Gmail™ Notifier provides multiple account support as well as the option to apply different labels to incoming messages. Rather than having to sort through all of your messages at the end of the day this notifier allows you to quickly deal with incoming messages as they come in. This means that if a message comes in you can quickly mark it as spam, mark it as read or submit it to the archive or trash directly from your browser toolbar without having to open up the full Gmail client.
An additional benefit to the Gmail™ Notifier is that it uses RSS technology. This means that you don't have to load every new message as it comes in which can limit your Internet bandwidth potentially allowing you to save money. As far as time optimization goes with Gmail there really isn't too many other applications available on the market that will give you the same ease of use especially with Firefox. The open source code also allows you to include other options in the Gmail™ Notifier if you have some programming experience.
If you regularly use Gmail in your browser and you want an efficient way to manage incoming messages this is an extension you need to try today. Gmail™ Notifier is available for Firefox, Chrome, Opera, and Safari (not official) browsers.