Mail Notification, Can't Get it to Work, Can You?

Discussion in 'iOS 8' started by JoelBC, Sep 19, 2014.

  1. JoelBC macrumors 6502a

    Jun 16, 2012
    I cannot get the mail "notify to work" for either my Exchange Account to my iCloud Account, it is suppose to let me know whenever someone responds to an e-mail that I mark.tag "notify me"...

    If anyone is able to get it working please share your settings / setup with me.

  2. GreyOS macrumors 68040


    Apr 12, 2012
    What do you mean it doesn't work?

    To clarify, setting "notify" doesn't affect the frequency with which you receive emails. If you have push enabled, all emails are still pushed; if you have fetch enabled, all emails are still fetched at the same frequency; if you have manual enabled, emails are still fetched manually.

    All it means is you can customise the notification style for emails you set to "notify" as a distinct category of mail.

    By default mail doesn't show on lock screen or show a banner or alert. By default 'notify me' does. You can change how they appear though, in Settings > Notifications > Mail.
  3. JoelBC thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Jun 16, 2012
    This is consistent with my understanding...

    I understand i) that mail does not BY DEFAULT show an alert or a banner when not on a lock screen or when on a lock screen and ii) mail can be so configured as you note / suggest.

    I do not however understand what you mean when you write " can customise the notification style for emails you set to "notify" as a distinct category of mail..." --- how / what is customized, what will I notice / see that is different that the notifications I now get?

    Thanks so much,

  4. GreyOS macrumors 68040


    Apr 12, 2012
    Set an email/thread to "Notify me". Go to Settings > Notifications > Mail. You should see this list:
    Thread Notifications

    The top two let you set up the notification style for Exchange and iCloud emails, and then you can override those settings for emails from VIPs and for emails set to notify you.

    The term "notify me" is pretty poor, because theoretically you could set it up to show less notification than the defaults for Exchange and iCloud! (I'm someone who has banners and lockscreen set up for all emails, I don't personally have much use for this new option. At best I could make it play a different sound)

    So to answer you question, the difference is whatever you decide it to be. By default the difference is that you get a banner and it shows on the lock screen, which doesn't happen for normal emails.

    Sorry if I've missed the meaning of your questions again!
  5. JoelBC thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Jun 16, 2012
    Thank you, thank you....

    Your response is crystal clear and very helpful noting the following:

    1. Agree the term "notify me" is extremely poor.

    2. I have the Mail alerts set to show up as banners on both the "regular screen" and the "lock screen" meaning the "Notify Me" is not terribly useful in my situation.

    3. Not a fan of notifications in the Notification Centre but I do realize that is my preference and others might feel very differently.

    Once again, thanks,

  6. jr866gooner macrumors 65816


    Aug 24, 2013
    Well I'm struggling to understand the fact that if you want the notify me option set on a gmail email it would have no effect correct?

    The fact that gmail push is disabled would mean you wouldn't be notified.. Different story i expect if using this feature on iCloud mail tho surely??
  7. C DM macrumors Sandy Bridge

    Oct 17, 2011
    You would get notified of it as soon as your device gets it (be it via push, fetch, or what have you).

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