How to Add “Mark as Read” to Gmail Notifications on Android

The best way to stay on top of emails is to address them as they arrive. On Android, Gmail notifications give you two options: “Archive” and “Reply”. We will also show you how to add a “Mark as read” option.

“Archive” and “Reply” are useful, but marking an email as read is also very convenient. Often times, you can’t reply to an email right away, but want to save it to your inbox so you can reply later. The ability to do this from the notification is also a huge time saver.

The default options in a Gmail notification.

Gmail lets you choose whether you want the second option to be “Archive” or “Delete,” but that’s where the customization ends. To add “Read” we use 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 emails. This is a compromise on privacy that you will need to decide if you are comfortable with.

To get started, download AutoNotification from the Google Play Store on your Android phone or tablet.

When you open the app for the first time, you must grant it permission to access photos, media, and files on your device; press “Allow”.

You will see an introduction explaining what the app can do. Use the gesture or the back button to close this message.

The introductory message in AutoNotification.

Then tap on “Gmail Buttons”.

Tap “Add Account” to associate your Google account with the automatic notification.

A warning is displayed to inform you that the notification interception service is not running. This is how the app detects Gmail notifications, so press “OK” to activate it.

You will be redirected to the Android “Access to notifications” settings; press “Automatic notification”.

Activate the option “Allow access to notifications”.

If you don’t know what the app will be able to access, tap “Allow” in the confirmation pop-up message.

Tap the back arrows at the top left until you are back in the “Gmail Buttons” menu in the AutoNotification app. Press “Add account” again.

Another warning will appear explaining that this feature will not work with emails containing labels. Press “OK” to continue.

Here’s where the cost comes in. You can hit “Start Trial” for a seven-day free trial to see if you like the app, or you can pay a one-time fee of 99 cents to unlock it forever.

After starting the trial or unlocking the feature, you will be prompted to accept the privacy policy. Tap “Read Policy,” then “I Agree” whenever you’re ready.

Finally, the “Choose an account” window will appear. Select the Google account to which you want to add the “Read” option.

Select your Google account.

Press “Allow” to allow automatic notification to “View your emails and settings” and “View and edit but not delete your email”. This is how the application replicates your Gmail notifications.

Tap “Allow” on the pop-up message to confirm.

You will then receive Google Security Alerts indicating that AutoNotification has access to your Google Account. It’s normal.

The “Read” option will now be present in your Gmail notifications! You can stop here if you are satisfied.

“Read” isn’t the only button you can add. To see more options, go back to the “Gmail Buttons” section in the AutoNotification app, then tap “Buttons.”

Check the box next to any option you want to add to your Gmail notifications.

Check the boxes next to any of the options you want to add.

With these new options, your inbox will never be out of control again!

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