Gmail Now Has Desktop Notifications Baked In For Chrome

Well this is awesome: Gmail just added desktop notifications baked directly into Chrome. Here's how it works.

Basically it turns Chrome into a desktop notifier for Gmail, so you don't have to run any separate notifier if you're big on getting the heads up when new email (or chats) arrive.

To turn them on, click on the Settings link in the top right corner of Gmail and scroll down to the "Desktop Notifications" section. If you just want to get notified about chat messages, or if you use Priority Inbox and only want to get notifications for important messages, you can customise your settings from there too.

Clearly this is also a good thing for Chrome OS, which isn't capable of running regular background apps, but can background web apps—and display their notifications. Spicy.

The new notifications ship with the ability to toggle chat notifications and choose between notifications for any new mail, or just for Important mail (that is, email that hits your Priority Inbox).

Desktop notifications for emails and chat messages [Official Gmail Blog]


Comments

    cant find this feature in my Gmail 'Settings'... guess they're not yet rolled out to everyone ?

      Try reloading Gmail - worked for me

      When I logged in today, it had an option to turn it on at the top of the page (with links to find out more too). I didn't have to hunt through any settings.

      Refresh worked for me too.

      Unfortunately not in Apps yet though. Why do Apps users seem to get treated like 2nd class citizens with features when we're paying for the accounts? :(

      Thanks Bilby and Belle
      It finally appears in my account settings :)
      Guess, restating chrome worked. would be great if calendar, contacts birthday's etc can be enhanced to the same sort of notifications. Google is THE BEST.

    @Lemon - I use Google Apps and the setting just appeared for me a few minutes ago.

    I can't get it to work :( it shows up as an option on my gmail and I've changed it to show me notifications but I think I must be missing something else cause it won't work.

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