Gmail may soon let you snooze smartphone notifications while using the web version


Source: Nick Sutrich/Central Android

Earlier this week, Google started rolling out a new integrated view for Gmail on the web for personal accounts. It looks like the search giant may soon release another new feature to make Gmail notifications even smarter.

As the folks at 9to5Google reported, some Gmail users have started seeing a new option that lets them snooze notifications on their Android phones while actively using the desktop client. To enable the feature, however, users will need to allow their browser to detect whether they are active or away. For now, however, it looks like Google is testing the feature with only a small number of users.

Chrome Pause Mobile NotificationsSource: 9to5Google

If you are one of the lucky few users who received the feature, you can activate it by clicking “Continue” when prompted. Then you will see another prompt asking you to grant permission to “know when you are actively using this device”. Although there is currently no option to disable the feature after enabling it, you can revoke permission from Chrome settings. To revoke the authorization, go to Settings > Security & Privacy > Site Settings > Additional Permissions.

Since the feature doesn’t appear to be rolling out widely just yet, there’s no mention of it on Google’s Gmail support page. While it’s unclear exactly when a wider rollout will begin, it shouldn’t take too long for it to be available to everyone.


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