How to Add Unread Count to Gmail Favicon

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If you are a Gmail user, chances are that you are always logged in to your Gmail account in the browser. Some of you may even pin the Gmail tab to a corner so that you can quickly access it. If that is the case for you, why not add an Unread count to the Gmail favicon so that you will know when there is new mail coming in? Luckily, this can easily be enabled in Gmail Settings.

The Unread Count feature used to be an experimental feature in the Gmail Labs settings. After Google retired Gmail Labs, the Unread Count feature was promoted to be part of Gmail’s main settings.

Enable Unread Count in Gmail Favicon

1. Log in to your Gmail account.

2. Click the Gear icon on the top-right side of the screen.

Gmail Settings Icon

3. A Quick Settings box will show up. Click on the “see all settings” button.

4. Once you are in the Settings page, go to the “Advanced” tab.

5. At the end of the list, you will see the option “Unread message icon.” Select the “Enable” option.

Gmail Settings Unread Gmail Icon

6. Lastly, click the “Save Changes” button.

Gmail will now reload, and you should now see the unread count on the Gmail favicon.

The following image shows the favicon without an unread count.

Gmail Icon Without Unread Count

This image shows the favicon with unread count.

Gmail Icon With Unread Count

In the Advanced section of Gmail’s settings, you can also enable other options like Auto Advance (move to the next message after you deleted/archived the current one), Template (save your frequently typed message as a template), Custom Keyboard Shortcuts (remap and customize your keyboard shortcuts) and Right Side Chat (move the chat box to the right side).

If you are looking for more features, you can turn Gmail into a desktop app if you prefer it over a browser or enable read receipts for your mail.

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Damien Damien

Damien Oh started writing tech articles since 2007 and has over 10 years of experience in the tech industry. He is proficient in Windows, Linux, Mac, Android and iOS, and worked as a part time WordPress Developer. He is currently the owner and Editor-in-Chief of Make Tech Easier.

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