How to Change the New Mail Sound for Gmail

Hear a Different Sound When New Gmail Messages Arrive

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Naturally, when on, new messages don't trigger a sound notification. However, there are a couple ways you can go about getting a Gmail notification sound, but the method you choose depends on how you access your mail.

If you use Gmail through a downloadable email client like Microsoft Outlook, Thunderbird or eM Client, you have to make the sound change from within those programs. However, if you want Gmail to make new email sounds when you use it through your web browser, follow the instructions below.

Change the New Mail Sound for Gmail

Since Gmail doesn't natively support pushing sound notifications through your web browser, you have to install a third-party program like Notifier for Gmail (a Chrome extension) or Gmail Notifier (a Windows program).

Note: If you're using Gmail Notifier, you might have to allow less secure apps to access your Gmail account before the program can successfully log on to your account. You should also make sure you have IMAP enabled from within Gmail's Forwarding and POP/IMAP settings.

If you're using the Notifier for Gmail Chrome extension:

  1. Right-click the extension next to Chrome's navigation bar, and choose Options.
  2. Scroll down to the Notifications section and make sure Play alert sound for new emails is selected.
  3. Change the sounds from the drop down menus.
  4. You can exit the window when you're done since the changes are saved automatically.

For Gmail Notifier:

  1. Right-click the program in the notification area by the clock, and choose Preferences....
  1. Make sure the Sound alert option is checked.
  2. Click Select sound file... to pick a notification sound for new Gmail messages.

Note: Gmail Notifier only supports using WAV files for the sound. If you have an MP3 or some other type of audio file that you want to use for the Gmail notification sound, run it through a free audio file converter to save it to the WAV format.

How to Change Gmail Notification Sounds in Other Email Clients

For Outlook users, you can enable notification sounds for new email messages in the FILE > Options > Mail menu, with the Play a sound option from the Message arrival section. To change the sound, open Control Panel and search for sound. Open the Sound Control Panel applet and modify the New Mail Notification option from the Sounds tab.

Mozilla Thunderbird users can go through a similar process to change the new mail alert noise.

For other email clients, look somewhere in a Settings or Options menu. Remember to use an audio file converter if your notification sound isn't in the correct audio format for the program.

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