How do I make email notifications show up on the home screen?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by PD081, Jul 2, 2009.

  1. PD081 macrumors member

    Jun 9, 2009
    Hi everyone,

    I'm new to iPhone, so sorry if this is a dumb question...

    I have my Gmail setup via IMAP on my iPhone and it works fine except that it doesn't show the little number next to the Mail icon when I have new email. Is there a setting that I need to change so that it checks for new email and shows a notification without me having to go into the Mail app?
  2. dissdnt macrumors 65816


    Aug 3, 2007
    You probably have a bunch of folders setup? In general I believe it only shows the badge for the main inbox.
  3. PD081 thread starter macrumors member

    Jun 9, 2009
    So far I haven't seen seen any badges for new email in my inbox. Is there anything else I need to enable besides Push to make the badges show up?
  4. WannaApple? macrumors 6502a

    Jun 9, 2008
    Do you have Fetch/Push on? When it pushes the mail to you, it should give you the number badge. If you are manually checking your email, you wont get the badge because you are already in mail.

    Edit: Just read that you have Push on....but make sure you go into Advanced and that your email accounts are set to Fetch and then it will ask you how often you want it to fetch.
  5. bilboa macrumors regular

    Jan 16, 2008
    Push is not supported for GMail on the iPhone. You need to enable Fetch for your gmail account if you want notifications of new emails. To do so,

    1. On your iPhone, go to
      Settings/Mail, Contacts, Calendars/Fetch New Data
    2. On that screen, under the Fetch section, select an option other than Manually. I have mine set to "Every 15 Minutes". You may want to select a longer time period to get better battery life.
    3. Then tap on Advanced, and make sure your Gmail account is set to Fetch.

    Note that with Fetch, you won't be instantly notified of new mails. It may take up to 15 minutes, or however long you set in step 2.
  6. PD081 thread starter macrumors member

    Jun 9, 2009

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