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A few minutes ago I was listening to music on my iPhone and the music faded out and then the notification sound played but no notifcation showed. (it has done this about 10-15 times now) Does anyone know what could possibly be wrong with my iPhone? I have an iPhone 3GS running on iOS 5.0.1.

Sometimes it's an email sound but other times it's the actual notification sound. I have it set up to show the little notification at the top for new emails so it should show a notifcation even when the email sound plays. Most of the time it shows a notification but sometimes it doesn't.

Maybe this is just a bug?

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Check if you have the new Gmail app installed. Every time it gets a new email, it triggers the "iphone Text Message sound". The sound can be disabled via Settings app > Notifications > Gmail > uncheck Sound.

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Yes, I have the Gmail app installed. So that's the problem. Thanks for your answer! – Nathan Nov 23 '11 at 23:51
Is there a way to turn this sound off? It is very annoying. I use the main Mail app but I like having the Gmail app too. – Nathan Nov 23 '11 at 23:54
Go to Settings app > Gmail and disable the sound for notifications. If this solves it, please mark my answer as Correct answer. Thanks. – Syclone0044 Nov 24 '11 at 6:05
There's no disable sound notifications. Look at this screen shot I took: There's only 2 options. Any ideas? – Nathan Nov 24 '11 at 8:03
Sorry, I meant to say go to Settings app > Notifications > Gmail, then disable Sound. – Syclone0044 Nov 24 '11 at 18:37

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