The best way to keep up to date with emails is to address them as soon as they arrive. On Android, Gmail notifications give you two options: ‘Archive’ and ‘Reply’. We also show you how to add a “Mark as read”
“Archive” and “Reply” are useful, but it is also very useful to mark an email as read. There are many times when you can’t reply to an email right away but want to save it in your inbox so you can reply to it later. The ability to do this from the notification also saves a lot of time.
Gmail allows you to choose whether you want the second option to be “Archive” or “Delete”, but that’s where the tweak ends. To add ‘Read’, we’ll use a paid app called AutoNotification.
The app intercepts Gmail notifications, replicates them and adds a “Read” option. However, this is only possible if you allow the app to read your emails. This is a tradeoff between privacy and you have to decide if you are comfortable with it.
To get started, download AutoNotification from the Google Play Store on your Android phone or tablet.
When you first open the app, you must give it permission to access the photos, media and files on your device; tap ‘Allow’.
You will see an introduction explaining what the app can do. Use the Back gesture or the button to close this message.
Then tap on ‘Gmail Buttons’.
Tap “Add Account” to link your Google account to AutoNotification.
A warning will appear to let you know that the alert interception service is not running. This is how the app detects Gmail notifications, so tap “OK” to enable it.
You will be redirected to Android’s “Notification Access” settings; tap ‘AutoNotification’.
Enable the option “Allow access to notifications”.
When you are comfortable with what the app can open, tap “Allow” in the confirmation popup message.
Tap the back arrow at the top left until you’re back to the “Gmail Buttons” menu in the AutoNotification app. Tap “Add account” again.
Another warning will appear, explaining that this feature will not work with emails containing labels. Tap “OK” to continue.
This is where costs come into play. You can tap “Start Trial” for a seven-day free trial to see if you like the app, or pay a one-time fee of 99 cents to unlock it forever.
Finally, the “Choose an account” window appears. Select the Google account to which you want to add the “Read” option.
Tap “Allow” to allow AutoNotification to “View your email messages and settings” and “View and change, but not to delete your email.” This is how the app replicates your Gmail notifications.
Tap “Allow” in the pop-up message to confirm.
You will then receive some Google security alerts about AutoNotification accessing your Google account. This is normal.
The “Read” option is now present in your Gmail notifications! You can stop here if you are satisfied.
“Read” isn’t the only button you can add. For more options, return to the ‘Gmail Buttons’ section in the AutoNotification app and tap ‘Buttons’.
Select the check box next to each option you want to add to your Gmail notifications.
With these new options, your Inbox will never get out of hand again!