Is it possible to get push notifications only for the emails in the Gmail Priority Inbox and not for the unimportant mail?

I would like to set up my iPhone 3GS iOS 4.2.1 so that I get notified (with sound, vibration, etc) only when I receive a mail that Google thinks is important to me.

4 Answers 4


After days of searching I have found the solution. https://www.ultimatenotifier.com/

  1. You have to buy Ultimate Notifier from the AppStore. $2.99 at the moment.
  2. Create a free account on their site or through the app.
  3. Login to the web interface on your computer and under Add Notification select Add Gmail / Google Mail - NEW Priority Inbox
  4. Complete the fields username and password with your Gmail username and password. (I know this is a BIG leap of faith.)
  5. Save.
  6. Log in to the app on your iPhone to receive push notifications
  • Didn't work for me.. Commented Jul 29, 2012 at 15:02
  • @PavelRadzivilovsky Why?
    – Andris
    Commented Jul 30, 2012 at 6:40
  • Looks like the Ultimate Notifier service has been terminated.
    – TKH
    Commented Jul 27, 2016 at 10:47

You can do this with MailMinder on an iPhone. Just set up a Source of Gmail with the folder set to the Priority Inbox, then set up a Minder with a Subject of ... This will match any message that has a subject with 3 characters. I know the developer is planning to have a button to match anything in the next release.

Mail Minder has a free mode if you don't mind ads.


Try this:

Install Boxcar on your iPhone. Create a Boxcar forwarding email address. After you created it, add the Boxcar forwarding email address in your GMail Settings under "Forwarding and POP/IMAP".

In your GMail Settings create an new filter. Under the search criteria "Has the words" enter "in:important". Test your new filter by clicking "Test Search". If you get your shown your messages from the Priority inbox, then the filter works.

Now under the "Create a Filter" tab check "Forward it to" to the Boxcar forwarding email address. Now you should get push notification from Priority inbox.

NOTICE: I can't assure you that this will work since I didn't try it.

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    I have tried what you have suggested. The problem is that filters containing "is:", "in:" or "label:" will never match incoming emails. You get a warning message if you use them in the "Create a Filter" screen and press "Next Step". I have tried it anyway but the filter actions did not get triggered. Conversely if I use a filter like "-is:important" the actions get triggered for both important and unimportant mail. So forwarding based on importance seems to be impossible.
    – Andris
    Commented Feb 12, 2011 at 15:31
  • @Andris your problem is more about gmail than apple, and cahuk answer is pretty good. If you read carefully the "next step" warning it says "the criteria is not recommended because they will never match incoming email", which makes a lot of sense. filtering or searching for "-is:important" brings important mail because it's conversations with both unimportant and important messages, but got marked as "important", just like when you star a single message shows the whole conversation as starred. anyways, summing up, it's all google's engineering flaws and nothing we can do to solve it.
    – cregox
    Commented Feb 13, 2011 at 6:29

Strictly speaking your question is specifically about gmail because first you have to resolve how to separate messages labeled as important and that labeling is a gmail only feature.

On the iPhone side your best bet to have push notifications for selected messages is to create two accounts. The challenge here is how to forward emails to your second inbox (in wich the boxcar suggested by cahuk is a nice idea).

All that being said there's nothing we can do until google fixes those unexpected filter behaviors.


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