How to set ringtones for Gmail labels on your Android phone

Have you ever wished you could set different ringtones for e-mails the way you can for phone numbers? You can, with the latest version of Gmail, now an Android Market app. We'll show you how.

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Have you ever wished you could set different ringtones for different types of e-mail the way you can for phone numbers? You can, with the latest version of Gmail (2.3.5), now available in the Android Market. With it, you can set distinct ringtones for each Gmail label you use. Here's how:

Before starting, make sure you have at least one Gmail label created and a filter that uses that label.

Step 1: Open your Gmail app and press the Menu Key, More, then Settings.

Gmail app settings
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Step 2: If you have more than one Google Account set up on your Android phone, select the account you want to manage. Once you're in account settings, scroll all the way to the bottom and press "Sync inboxes and labels."

Sync inboxes and labels
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Step 3: Select the label you want to create the ringtone for and make sure that it is set to sync (last four days or all).

Set label sync
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Step 4: Return to account settings and now touch "Labels to notify."

Labels to notify
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Step 5: Select the label you want to set a ringtone for and check the box next to "Email notifications," which will highlight the ringtone and vibrate options. After you've selected the ringtone you want, press OK, and then exit account settings.

Set notification options
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Voilà! Now you know how to set a ringtone for your Gmail labels so that you can tell what kind of e-mail you've received or from whom without even having to look at your phone.

About the author

Ed Rhee, a freelance writer based in the San Francisco Bay Area, is an IT veteran turned stay-at-home-dad of two girls. He focuses on Android devices and applications while maintaining a review blog at techdadreview.com.

 

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