Setting up new mail notification on an iPhone using ONLY the Gmail web app

My iPhone Dock

I made the jump from the iPhone’s included mail application and may swap out the Phone app for a Google Voice web app later, too. The above image is my iPhone dock. Sean McKeever on Facebook asked how I get notifications for new mail being received. Here’s how I do that…

First off, with the iPhone Mail app I never used new mail notification. There’s just too much email every day and having notifications on would turn the phone in to a jumping bean. The little counter of unread messages is nice, of course.

That changes with Gmail and filters. One can receive customized notifications via SMS of new messages based on sender, subject, account, or any other attributes.

  1. Create a filter for a desired message type.
  2. Have the filter results be “Forward it to:” and set your_number@txt.att.net (it’ll cost you a text message if you’re not on an unlimited plan).

This nicely sets up important alerts if you need them. I use these for messages I need to know about immediately… Typically messages sent directly to me and sent from somebody important.

5 thoughts on “Setting up new mail notification on an iPhone using ONLY the Gmail web app

  1. I have used this method with my plain old flip phone for many years. It is great for monitoring email from the really important people. I do not get the whole message, but I generally get enough to justify firing up the notebook.

  2. Good point – getting part of the message also opens up the ability to
    preview the pushed message. Plenty of times you don't even have to go to
    your inbox.

  3. I have used this method with my plain old flip phone for many years. It is great for monitoring email from the really important people. I do not get the whole message, but I generally get enough to justify firing up the notebook.

  4. Good point – getting part of the message also opens up the ability to
    preview the pushed message. Plenty of times you don't even have to go to
    your inbox.

  5. well, You will still use the iPhone's built-in Mail app, or access your provider's … The app is simply a push notification service!

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