5 Gmail Notifiers to keep tab of your Gmail messages

It’s funny how more than one application can have the same exact name and still exist in perfect harmony without their respective owners suing each other, especially since the original Gmail Notifier was from Google themselves. Whatever be the reasons, it sure leave us with a handful of different options. Let’s take a look at some of these.

1. Google’s Gmail Notifier: The original Gmail Notifier is still one of the best notifiers for Gmail. The only disadvantage is it allows you to check messages from only one account. A small icon on the tray alerts you of new messages and shows you their subjects, senders and small snippets. Gmail Notifier is available for Windows and Mac and a Linux alternative is found at SourceForge.


2. Firefox addon Gmail Notifier: The Firefox addon supports multiple Gmail accounts as well as account hosted under Google Apps. Unfortunately, it’s utility ends there. Unlike the Google notifier, it doesn’t show message subjects or senders, just the number of unread messages. You can use it only if you want to be alerted of new message arrivals and nothing else.


3. Gmail Notifier: This is a much better Gmail Notifier. It supports checking of up to 5 Gmail accounts including those hosted under Google Apps. It uses IMAP to download message subject, header and sender address and you can mark messages read or delete them directly from the notifier. New messages are notified by either a blinking tray icon or sound alert or both.

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gmail-notifier-yahoo4. Yahoo widget Gmail Notifier: There is a Yahoo widget Gmail Notifier too. This widget presents a summary of newly arrived email in a fading float-popup with an accompanying sound. The summary shows the sender, the subject, the label and a direct link to the particular mail on Gmail which is very useful. Like other notifiers it displays the total number of unread emails in your inbox. Disadvantage: it can check only one email account. 

5. Google Desktop Gmail Gadget: This is a recently introduced gadget for the Google Desktop platform. This gadget is much more than a simple notifier. It lets you read, search and even send messages right from the gadget. Users can also star Gmail messages, can use Gmail keyboard shortcuts, and Gmail’s contact auto-complete feature in this desktop gadget. You can also run multiple instances of different Gmail accounts as standalone gadgets.


Verdict: So which one is right for you? That depends on your need. If you need only alerts you can choose any one of the first 3, but the third is definitely better. If you have only one account, the Google notifier will work equally well. The Firefox addon is pretty poor in features.

The Yahoo widget is a good one, but it requires you to keep running the widget engine which is an extra load on your computer. The Google desktop is the same but at least it brings the complete inbox to your desktop and makes it possible to receive and send mails without having to open the browser.

More Gmail Notifiers

Gmail Notifier Plus for Windows 7

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c2i GMailNotifierhttp://www.instantfundas.com/2009/10/c2i-gmailnotifier-for-windows-7.html for Windows 7


This Article Has 14 Comments
  1. Anonymous Reply

    I use GDow. One account only, but i guess it's pretty good.

  2. Kaushik Patowary Reply

    I tried GDow once but didn't like it. I use PopPeeper to manage all my email accounts.

  3. Anonymous Reply

    you sould also add sohail's gmail notifier for Google Apps which also supports google apps and multiple accounts.


  4. Anonymous Reply

    great article !
    number 3 for me please … 🙂

  5. Kaushik Patowary Reply

    you sould also add sohail's gmail notifier for Google Apps which also supports google apps and multiple accounts.


    I have intentionally left out that tool because it's paid. Do you really want to use a commercial tool to check a free email account?

  6. Anonymous Reply

    You didn't mention the Firefox extensions Gmail Manager or WebMail Notifier, both of which are more popular than Gmail Notifier

  7. Anonymous Reply

    Try Scott's Gmail Alert, 100% Free with more options then anyone else.


  8. Unknown Reply

    Still looking for the right one…
    I would like a notifier that I can program to popup only when certain people write. I'm in Google Apps.

  9. Anonymous Reply

    Well, it's wonderful to see 5 tips at one place. I too have a app, i recently came to know. Visit this post to know more about it. http://www.techlikes.com/2010/08/gmail-notifier-email-notification-meebo.html

  10. Ashley Reply

    Pastor Allen – I was looking for the same thing.

    Just found this – Gmail Growl http://gmailgrowl.blogspot.com/2010/09/gmail-growl-v22.html#comments

    First you have to download Growl for Windows – http://www.growlforwindows.com (there is also a Mac version, the original Growl).

    Then download Gmail Growl – http://gmail-growl.appspot.com/gmailgrowl.msi

    To make it only alert you when specific people write, you have to set up Gmail's "Priority Inbox" http://mail.google.com/mail/help/priority-inbox.html

    From there, in Growl, under Preferences>Accounts, under "label" choose "Important". This will allow only Priority Inbox messages to show up as alerts.

  11. Anonymous Reply

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  14. bulleted Reply

    In Chrome, i found multiNotifier to be very useful. It shows the unread messages count for multiple accounts with preview and Auto login.


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