GMail Desktop Notifications in Chrome

Google just released GMail desktop notifications for Chrome browsers. The latest feature will notify GMail users if they have a new email or a chat message. The new feature will alert users even though they’re not looking right at GMail. The latest wrinkle to GMail requires Chrome, and users are logged in to Gmail or to Google in general. This latest feature will not work with any other browser. Google said the notification feature is set to “on” by default, although mine was turned off. To turn it on, just follow these instructions provided by Google:

Chat notifications are enabled by default, but you can disable them in your Gmail settings. To enable or disable email or Chat notifications, follow these steps:

  1. Click the gear icon in the upper-right corner of Gmail, and then select Mail settings.
  2. On the General tab, select the option you’d like in the Desktop Notifications section. You’ll be able to turn Chat notifications on or off, and can also choose to turn email notifications off, receive notifications for all incoming email, or only those Gmail marks ‘important’.
  3. Click Save.