Check Multiple Gmail Accounts With Gmail Notifier

Martin Brinkmann
Sep 22, 2009
Updated • Mar 20, 2012
Email, Gmail, Google, Windows software

It is not that easy to check multiple Gmail accounts regularly. Gmail itself only allows one login per user. There are a handful of ways to circumvent that. Probably the most popular ones are using a desktop email client like Microsoft Outlook or Thunderbird to check multiple Gmail accounts, or add-ons or userscripts that allow multiple Gmail logins at the same time.

gmail The free software program Gmail Notifier is technically a desktop program that can check multiple Gmail accounts for new messages. It uses IMAP over SSL for the connection and can monitor up to five Gmail accounts whenever it is running.

Gmail Notifier furthermore offers the option to read the header and body of new messages unlike many other Gmail notifiers that only notify the user of new emails. The program will display a message count for every Gmail account that has been added and configured in the software program.

Emails can be marked as read or deleted as well and attachments are indicated to the user. Notifications are in place to inform the user when new emails have arrived in one of the accounts that are monitored by Gmail Notifier. It is possible to switch to the Gmail account immediately by holding the Ctrl key and clicking on the account. This will open the Gmail interface of the selected account in the default web browser.

Gmail Notifier should be compatible with most versions of Microsoft Windows. It was tested on a Windows XP SP3 test system.

Update: Gmail Notifier has been updated by the developer to work with Windows Vista and Windows 7 as well. The program has been localized into languages such as German, Spanish, French and Italian. The program checks every 2 minutes for new mails in all connected Gmail accounts, with the option to check manually at any time with a right-click on the application's system tray icon.


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  1. simdigg said on December 14, 2011 at 7:50 am

    In Chrome, i can use extensions like multiNotifier for this exact same purpose. There are others too.

  2. Miriam said on November 19, 2011 at 6:20 pm

    How many accounts can I have in Gmail Notifier?

    1. Martin Brinkmann said on November 19, 2011 at 6:43 pm

      I’m not sure, definitely more than one though.

      1. Miriam said on November 19, 2011 at 7:06 pm

        Well I have 9 accounts and I was hoping I could put all of them on here but after I put 5 on I couldn’t put on any more. I’m disappointed because I was wanting to get rid of one of my notifiers and it holds all of them, but does some weird stuff, like when an email comes in it wont signal the right account it puts it in another……. What I mean is…… I have an email that says person “A” sent it. I go to that account and it’s not there, so I have to check all the rest of my accounts to see where it’s from. Needless to say it’s very frustrating.

      2. Martin Brinkmann said on November 19, 2011 at 7:23 pm

        Wow, nine is a lot. Maybe try contacting the developer to see if it is possible to increase the number of accounts.

  3. pankaj said on July 17, 2011 at 7:27 pm

    who is best for us arenge marreg ya love marrege

  4. palla ramarao said on August 30, 2010 at 1:11 pm

    wow, it’s nice post. But recently google has allowed directly to log in to check multiple accounts once. You can check this post on this page.

  5. Rarst said on September 23, 2009 at 6:47 pm

    I received mail suggesting I check it out for possible review at my blog.

    So far I don’t like how this one works. From its FAQ it reads settings from web (for compatibility), is “web-based” and will install updates silently.

    Frankly I am very unlikely to use my Google account with third party tools and such mechanics hardly relieve my professional computer paranoia. :)

    1. abi said on September 23, 2009 at 10:58 pm

      I hope you sleep well at night you paranoiac creature, cause Google is spying on every bit of your digital life. I like this notifier.

      1. Rarst said on September 24, 2009 at 12:06 am

        Thank you, I intend to sleep just well.

        I have no illusion about degree of online privacy and Google’s role in it. But in no way that does (or should) make me more likely to hand login details to personal and financial information to third party application that I know for a whole half day.

  6. Matidio said on September 23, 2009 at 12:38 pm

    Gamil Notifier is based su IMAP and doesn’t support proxy. However Spiffy does.

  7. paulus said on September 22, 2009 at 11:59 pm

    Hoi Martin a (quick) question to you do you think this app. is better/handier than CookiePie 1.0.4 (a.k.a. ChocoTorta)?

    1. Martin said on September 23, 2009 at 12:33 am

      Paulus. The main difference is that CookiPie is a web browser extension while Gmail Notifier is a desktop application. I do not like to be logged into my Google account whenever I surf the web. This is taken care of by Gmail Notifier. It also does not force you to have the web browser tabs open all the time to check for new emails. Gmail Notifier is nice but I personally prefer a desktop email client like Thunderbird that can also handle multiple Gmail accounts without problems.

  8. abhishek said on September 22, 2009 at 10:21 pm

    Well there is another application like this which I have reviewed, but it supports 2 gmail accounts

    I don’t to sound like spam but here is the link
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  9. mdr said on September 22, 2009 at 6:01 pm

    awesome app !

  10. Peter Owen said on September 22, 2009 at 5:14 pm

    Great post! The timing was perfect because just this morning I was looking for a way to see both of my gmail accounts at the same time… the only thing left is creating a way to have both accounts open in different tabs of the same browser.

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