How to Get Gmail Notifications on Mac

Joel Mason

Mac, Tutorials

Gmail is a popular email service that many Mac users rely on for their communication needs. If you are a Mac user and want to stay updated with your Gmail messages, it is important to set up notifications on your computer. In this tutorial, we will guide you through the process of getting Gmail notifications on your Mac, ensuring that you never miss an important email again.

Step 1: Install Google Chrome

The first step in getting Gmail notifications on your Mac is to install Google Chrome browser if you haven’t already. Google Chrome offers seamless integration with Gmail and provides the necessary features for enabling notifications.

Step 2: Sign in to Gmail

Once you have Google Chrome installed, open the browser and sign in to your Gmail account using your credentials. Make sure you are signed in with the account for which you want to receive notifications.

Step 3: Access Chrome Settings

In Google Chrome, click on the three-dot menu icon located at the top-right corner of the browser window. From the dropdown menu, select “Settings”.

Step 4: Enable Notifications

In the Settings page, scroll down and click on “Advanced” to expand more options. Then, under the “Privacy and security” section, click on “Site settings”.

Note: You can also directly access site settings by typing chrome://settings/content/notifications in the address bar.

In Site settings, scroll down and locate “Notifications”. Click on it to access notification settings.

Option A: Allow All Sites to Show Notifications (Not Recommended)

If you want to receive notifications from all websites (not just Gmail), toggle the switch next to “Sites can ask to send notifications” to the ON position.

This option is not recommended as it may result in receiving unwanted notifications from various websites. It’s best to enable notifications only for specific websites like Gmail.

Option B: Allow Notifications for Gmail Only

If you prefer a more focused approach and want to receive notifications only for Gmail, scroll down in the “Notifications” section and locate “Allow” under the “Block” section.

Click on “Add” next to “Allow” and enter as the site address. This will allow Gmail to send notifications to your Mac.

Step 5: Check Notification Settings

After allowing notifications for Gmail, it’s important to check your notification settings within Gmail itself. Open a new tab in Google Chrome and navigate to

Note: Make sure you are signed in with the same Gmail account as before.

In Gmail, click on the gear icon located at the top-right corner of the page.

Option A: General Notification Settings

In the Settings page, click on the “General” tab. Scroll down until you find the “Desktop Notifications” section.

Select one of the following options:

  • New mail notifications on: This option will display a notification every time you receive a new email in your inbox.
  • New important mail notifications on: This option will only show notifications for emails marked as important by Gmail’s algorithms.
  • No new mail notifications: This option will disable all notifications for new emails.

Option B: Chat Notification Settings

If you also want to receive notifications for chat messages in Gmail, click on the “Chat and Meet” tab in the Settings page. In the “Chat notifications” section, select your preferred option:

  • Off: This option will disable chat notifications.
  • All chat notifications: This option will show notifications for all chat messages.
  • Only mentions and direct messages: This option will only display notifications for messages where you are mentioned or receive a direct message.

Step 6: Test Notifications

To ensure that Gmail notifications are working correctly on your Mac, ask someone to send you a test email or send one to yourself from another account. If everything is set up properly, you should receive a notification on your Mac when the email arrives in your Gmail inbox.

Congratulations! You have successfully set up Gmail notifications on your Mac.

Now you can stay updated with your emails without constantly checking your inbox. Remember to keep your notification settings customized to suit your preferences.

Note: If you ever want to turn off Gmail notifications, you can follow the same steps and disable them by toggling the switches or removing Gmail from the allowed list of sites in Chrome settings.

We hope this tutorial has been helpful in guiding you through the process of getting Gmail notifications on your Mac using Google Chrome. Enjoy the convenience of staying connected with your emails effortlessly!

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