The best way to keep track of emails is to address them as they come in. On Android, Gmail notifications give you two options: Archive and Reply. We’ll also show you how to add the “Mark as Read” option.
Archive and Reply are useful, but marking an email as read is also really useful. There are often times when you can’t reply to an email right away, but you want to save it to your inbox so you can reply to it later. The ability to do this via notification is also a huge time saver.
In Gmail, you can choose whether you want the second option to be “Archive” or “Delete”, but that’s where the customization ends. To add “reading” we are using a paid app called Automatic notification.
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 email. This is a privacy tradeoff that you have to decide if you are ok with it.
First, download AutoNotification from the Google Play Store on your Android phone or tablet.
The first time you open the app, you’ll need to give it permission to access the photos, media, and files on your device. Tap on “Allow”.
You will see an introduction that explains what the app can do. Use the back gesture or key to close These news.
Next, tap on Gmail Buttons.
Tap Add Account to link your Google Account to AutoNotification.
A warning will appear informing you that the notification interception service is not running. This is how the app recognizes Gmail notifications. So tap OK to activate it.
You will be directed to Android’s “Notification Access” settings. Tap “Automatic Notification”.
Turn on the “Allow Notification Access” option.
If you are comfortable with accessing the app, tap “Allow” on the confirmation pop-up message.
Tap the back arrows in the top left until you’re back in the Gmail Buttons menu in the AutoNotification app. Tap “Add Account” again.
Another warning is displayed explaining that this feature will not work for emails with labels. Tap OK to continue.
This is where costs come into play. You can tap Start Trial to get a free seven-day trial to see if you like the app, or pay a one-time fee of 99 cents to keep it unlocked forever.
Finally, the “Select Account” window appears. Select the Google Account that you want to add Reading to.
Tap “Allow” to give AutoNotification the “View your email messages and settings” and “View and change your email, but not delete” permission. Here’s how the app replicates your Gmail notifications.
On the pop-up message, tap Allow to confirm.
You will then receive some Google security alerts via AutoNotification with access to your Google Account – these are normal.
The “Read” option will now appear in your Gmail notifications! You can stop here when you are satisfied.
Read isn’t the only button you can add. For more options, go back to the Gmail Buttons section in the AutoNotification app, then tap Buttons.
Check the box next to an option that you want to add to your Gmail notifications.
With these new options, your inbox will never get out of hand again!