MarkAsRead for Gmail is a quintessential Android app. It does just one thing, and before you go hunting for an app description to figure it out, try giving its name another read. That's right, MarkAsRead for Gmail... lets you mark Gmail messages as read straight from the notification. In between the usual archive and reply buttons that Google provides out of the box, this app sneaks in that ever-so-useful (mark as) read option.

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MarkAsRead for Gmail does its job by hijacking the Gmail notification, dismissing it, and creating a lookalike with the button to mark an email as read added. That's pretty much it. The app goes for $1.31, and you can get it via the widget at the end of this post.

Now for some qualifications. MarkAsRead for Gmail comes with a few permissions, including the ability to read your network state. It requires notification access and is, as the warning-we-all-ignore says, capable of reading their contents. It doesn't gain email credentials, but it is able to see each message that comes in. That requires a deal of trust on your part, but the developer, Rohan Puri, works at the MIT Media Lab and comes off as someone who isn't likely to steal emails.

That's it for now, but there's potential for future updates to add support for more than one Gmail account. We'll notify you if something happens, but that will be a message you have to actually be sure to read.

Bertel King, Jr.
Born and raised in the rural South, Bertel knows what it's like to live without 4G LTE - or 3G, for that matter. The only things he likes sweeter than his tea are his gadgets, and while few objects burn more than a metal phone on a summer day, he prefers them that way anyway.

  • Phil Oakley

    Why is this not default in the Gmail? I constantly find myself tapping an email notification only to back out of it as soon as it's loaded, just so I've 'read' it.

    • Jordan Khoviteri-Zadeh

      My guess is, Google don't want people just to fill up their inboxes. That's why you can archive/delete them. Archiving has always been 'core' to the Gmail experience.

      • Chris Sanner

        yes, but a lot of what I do with email is "mark as read, then archive".
        oh hey. maybe THAT WOULD BE A GREAT BUTTON :/

        • codemonkey85

          I'll gladly pay for this app when this feature is added.

          • http://www.rohanspuri.com Rohan Puri

            it's done! checkout the latest update.

          • codemonkey85

            Way ahead of you, and now the developer has my money. :-)

        • Harsha

          Please someone create a button like this.

          • http://www.rohanspuri.com Rohan Puri

            it's in the new update! :)

          • Harsha

            Thank you!

        • Rohan Puri

          I'm already on it! :) (I'm the dev)

          • abqnm

            Please and thank you! That was my first thought too.

            I am also going to send the package name to Reactle (LightFlow Developer) so they can add it to LightFlow since it is not the Gmail app issuing the notification anymore. I use LightFlow because I can guarantee a fixed volume for my notifications and have them automatically go silent at night. I am always accidentally changing the ring/notification volume and being woken up by an advertisement coming in at 3 am isn't fun.

            Then I am all over this. Thanks!

          • cabbott9

            It's great to see you, the dev, in here taking suggestions and answering questions. I just bought the app based on that and your promise to add the mark as read & archive option.

        • Rohan Puri

          I'm already on it! :) (I'm the dev)

        • duse

          I also want a "Mark Read & Archive" button, because this is what I do with most mail I receive that I don't need to act on. Glad you're already working on it. :)

          • http://www.rohanspuri.com Rohan Puri

            It's done! Checkout the latest update

          • duse

            Thanks, awesome turnaround!

        • http://www.rohanspuri.com Rohan Puri

          Hey Chris, latest update is just for you. Added this feature in today's update.

      • a_n_d_r_e_w

        I never ever archived an email. Everything is in my inbox, and I like it this way. Mark as read is essential, but google's own android apps are the worst...

        • MyLeftNut

          I hate to say it but I actually like Mailbox on iOS better than Gmail for android. People complain about Apple forcing you to do things their way but Google is no better. As long as they don't think you need the ability the do something then they don't give you the option: like something as simple as deleting single emails in a conversation thread.

          Same reason I stopped using Hangouts, I sent a friend a few pics and a few days later the picture just showed a continuous loading sign. However when I downloaded other text apps the pics showed up just fine. So annoying, but even more so when I couldn't delete the single message from Hangouts. Android gives you option of using different apps but if want to use Google apps then get use to only needing the things Google thinks you need.

        • MyLeftNut

          Besides, there is no true archived folder, just an All mail folder. Which makes archiving essentially pointless because you can't choose to see only your archived mail like you can in other apps. If you're going to show me everything in my inbox anyway, then what's the point.

          • daniel sutton

            because then your inbox becomes a to-do list. It keeps at a glance all that I need to do. email from grandma, email from advisor, blah blah blah stay in inbox until I have done what's needed. once accomplished, they are archived. My inbox is only what needs to be done. I can search for or view all mail if i need to browse. Keeps what I need at a glance and everything one button click away

    • merman1983

      A thousand times yes. This should be a default option - 75% of emails coming in I have no need to read - at least not right away - being able to triage more from a notification would be great.

      • varun

        Well, it also plain doesn't work on a Nexus. Not helpful of course that you have 15 minutes to request a refund, so you have to send yourself messages in the hope that they're delivered in time. At any rate, if anyone's got it working on a Nexus, please let me know how.

        • merman1983

          Thanks for the heads up fellow Nexian.

          • http://www.rohanspuri.com Rohan Puri

            I built it on a Nexus 4 and Nexus 5! It should work perfectly for them. Happy to help you debug if you have any problems, and of course issue a refund if nothing works to fix it :)

  • Mad1723

    Now just give us a delete option and I'll be happy about Gmail notifications!

    • Scott

      There already is a delete option.

      • http://www.ronakg.com/ Ronak Gandhi

        Where? I can't seem to find any setting to get delete option in notification.

        • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

          Change your settings to delete, and they'll be reflected in the notification too.

      • Mad1723

        I feel like an idiot, guessing it's in the options menu and I just didn't see it... Carry on and ignore me haha

    • Anthony Vallejo

      set your archive and delete actions to show delete only and the notifications will have a delete option.

      • wickets

        I wish goog would let you have delete AND archive as an option

        • johnforamerica

          I know! They ACT like they do, giving you the menu options for archive, delete, or both. But if you choose both, it gives precedence to archive & only shows that option in the notifications.

  • Nick Saulino

    $1.31? Cool, but no thanks.

    • Rohan Puri

      Hi, I'm the developer of the app! It took me quite some time to get this to work as I'm using an interesting displacement trick which no one has used before to get it to be seamless and entirely behind-the-scenes What would be a more reasonable price?

      • dyrnych

        I'm happy to pay $1.31 to support your continued development of this app. Thanks!

      • wickets

        Would pay 5times the amount for 'delete' option.....hopefully you'll add one in an update sometime in the future,

        • ThatGuyzx

          I see it's been mentioned below, but Settings/General/Archive & Delete Actions/ Show Delete Only. Sucks that you can't have both, but it's there if you prefere Delete over Archive.

          • wampdog29

            Excuse me if I am missing something, but I have "Show archive and Delete" as an option as well....

          • wickets

            +wamdog.....that option isnt available for notifications. For notifications you get to choose one or the other....both would be like getting a rolls royce for christmas hahaha

        • David Spivey

          Then pay me to change the option in the Gmail app for you, lol!

      • daburghit

        I think this Nick guy is being insane. I'd gladly pay $2.62 for this. You do you.

      • simp1istic

        Ignore him. The price is fine, people are whiners.

      • http://www.NickSaulino.com Nick Saulino

        First, I'd like to say good job. I think this app is great and that this functionality has a lot of potential with other apps as well. I also understand that it probably took some tricky thinking and a good amount of time to make it function. I meant no disrespect with my comment, what you charge is up to you, I personally love the idea, but wouldn't get enough use out of it to justify paying for it. That being said, I think a price of $0.99, like the rest of your apps, would get more people interested, and in turn make you more money.

        • daniel sutton

          would you buy it for 31 cents less?

      • shadowx360

        I personally think it's fine the way it is, but like suggested below, $0.99 appears to be easier to swallow for most people. Most people just aren't interested in paying for software.

      • Matthew Fry

        Hi Rohan. That price is just fine, especially if you plan to maintain your notification to match Google's frequent tweaks. (You do plan to do that right?)

        It kind of sucks that you'll have to though. I know almost nothing about it, but do you think it's possible to create an Xposed module that would inject the button right into the notification?

      • bprichard

        $3. Great job, Rohan! This is a great app that fills a much needed void.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      Oh my god, a developer charges a mere buck for something without ads. Call the president!

      • Jeff718

        I find it hard to believe that someone with that avatar, if it's him, finds it hard to part with 131 cents but also finds this app cool. What is cool worth these days...

        • NinoBr0wn

          What do you mean someone with that avatar? Because he's wearing a suit?

          • Jeff718

            Precisely, the suit. Yes. He looks like he can afford $1.31. Anyone who can pay for a smartphone with internet shouldn't be complaining about $1.31. Especially if he thinks it's cool. If you're having problems with $1.31, you shouldn't be paying for a smartphone plan.

          • mustbepbs

            You realize that you can get a nice looking suit at Goodwill for pittance, right? Wearing a suit doesn't mean anything. I know a lot of people who wear a suit to religious meetings and don't have two pennies to rub together.

          • Jeff718

            Why does religion care what you wear... If you don't have 2 pennies to rub together, buying a suit for religion shouldn't be happening.

          • mustbepbs

            It's called respect, and getting a suit isn't hard.

          • Jeff718

            One can't respect their religion without wearing a suit?

          • mustbepbs

            Respect for God and his house. Do you go to someone's house for a special occasion dressed in your PJs, unshaven and unshowered? Same thing.

          • Jeff718

            TIL religious meetings are special occasions... That's not how religion works.

    • shadowx360

      If you guys think $1.31 is a little steep, trying using Google Opinion Rewards. I use it and get about $1 a week for Play Store credit and lets me buy apps like this without having to pay for it. Takes like 30 seconds a week anyways.

      • Matthew Fry

        I've been disappointed by the polls. The first one was like 20 questions and 2 bucks and now I get "Do you own a NEST?" "No." Here's 25 cents.

        • Chris Sanner

          I've been getting 12 cent questions recently - usually at a rate of one every other week.
          very weird.
          I've built up a decent amount over time but it's still weird.

          • johnforamerica

            I also get very different options on my nexus 7 as I do on my S4, despite the fact they're both tied to the same google account...

        • johnforamerica

          That's why I always pick the answer that *seems* like it will lead to follow up questions (i.e. a bigger credit!). "Do you own ___?" or "Do you do ____?"... WHY YES I DO!! ;-)

      • Régis Knechtel

        "This is currently only available to users located in the US". Sometimes, i just hate Google.

  • nandre

    Oh my gosh, you have no idea how legitimately happy I was that this was finally created--it's such a simple feature. Of course, then I saw the price... Really? 1.31 for a button?

    • David Thoren

      I would consider $1 fine.... my guess is that it's 1 Euro, and the conversion makes it $1.31.

    • S Mahmood Alawi

      A Good Program makes a complex process seem simple!!

    • Rohan Puri

      Hi Nandre! I'm the developer. As mentioned above, what I'm doing here is no trivial matter. I'm injecting an action into the default Gmail notification using a displacement technique that no one has used before. This allows it to work completely behind the scenes and never get in the way -- while still allowing access to the Gmail app (it's actually very hard to launch specific parts of an app you don't have receivers and code for). Happy to cut it back if the 31 c is a big issue...

      • nandre

        Sorry, I was over simplifying the process. I know it rakes a lot of work and is above what I could do. I just get a little catty when asked to part with my money.

        Glad to see devs reading what people post. Definitely great work. I like to supprt the devs when possible.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      It's far less trivial than adding a button to the original notification. I wish things worked as easily.

    • Scott

      Make it 25 cents and it'll sell like crazy.

      • alexcue

        Developers can't lower price below $0.99. All past promos have been Google's doing.

    • NinoBr0wn

      The button is how it's function is accessible. I'm sure you realize there's things you don't see that make its function possible.

  • Nicole Spivey

    My can't Google do this?

  • DespondentPhoneSellerUK

    Didn't work for me. The app crashed whenever I changed notification options, wouldn't notify me about Gmail at all. Uninstalled and got a refund.

    • Rohan Puri

      hmm that's strange! Did you report the crash when it force closed? I'd love to see the debug log and fix it

  • DanSan

    been looking for something like this for awhile. I also wish google hangouts had this as well. Ive been using hangouts over AOSP messaging and miss being able to use tweaks in the ROM to add, mark as read or delete from the drop down

  • Steven Libretti

    now if this could be made to work with hangouts for an aosp style messaging interface...that would be worth my money

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  • cmv

    I noticed it's compatible with my HTC One running 4.4 but not my Galaxy Note 10.1 running 4.1. Any particular reason? Does it rely on newer APIs?

    • Rohan Puri

      Yes it relies on API Level 19 which introduced "Notification Listeners"

    • Rohan Puri

      Yes it relies on API Level 19 which introduced "Notification Listeners"

  • Chris G

    $1.31 for me is steep only because im not use to paying that sort of fee for something like this as gmail could update next wednesday and add it in (i'm cheap, and shouldn't be considering the price of devices + accessories). At the same time, i should come out of the stone age a bit. and if the AP guys believe its trustworthy on top of it all, then sure I'm in!

    • mustbepbs

      Do you know how long it took Google to simply give us an option to delete our Trash in the Gmail app? Like, 4 years. Google is a slow moving behemoth.

  • daburghit

    I will pay all the money for this. All of it.

  • simp1istic

    I think I'll buy the app just to counteract all the bitching about a freaking dollar. It's a dollar and 31 cents. You people are insane.

  • Gadgets Academy

    This is going to be awesome feature!!!!!

  • modplan

    everyone complaining about the $1.31 price probably eats out fast food daily, spending much more than if they cooked all of their meals, and hits starbucks every morning for a $4 latte. $1.31 is almost as cheap as it gets, give me a break

  • Gabriel Hellsing

    Friggin' finally D:

  • Ara Wagoner

    I'm in once you get multi-account working! Where has this been for the last two years?!

  • Rajan Verma

    For those who are complaining about the $1.31 price, please keep in mind that the developer only gets 70% of the price of the app and Google takes 30%. So please stop complaining about the price of the app. Hope you guys understand.

    • ddpacino

      They won't, and never will.

  • https://plus.google.com/108596272537415356460/posts Jason Farrell


    I HATE having to actually open my mail on my phone before I can archive it, as well as marking as read in my browser at other times, otherwise it shows up as unread in my Gmail Checker Plus extension for Chrome (which DOES mark as read when archived).

  • hp420

    Wow...I thought this would be an xposed module. It seems like something that would need root permissions to me.

  • splus

    I want to buy the app but Play Store says "your device is not compatible with this version"???
    LG G2 on Android 4.2.2 here...

  • Carlos David

    Time to a Xposed Module to do that with GMail and Yahoo Mail apps.

  • The Seventh Son

    This needs to be an Xposed module! Perhaps as an option to a full fledged app?

  • exxe

    It kills led and sound notofications, it is not notification anymore, is it?

  • MrNinjaPanda

    does this work with Light Flow notifications?

  • black

    $1.31! Merlin's beard!

  • Marc Reisner

    I would be happy to buy it if it was an Xposed module. I even tried making one myself, but I couldn't figure it out. Seems like Gmail uses the native app's notification service (I tried sending an intent with some phony parcels to see if the functionality for marking as read which is already baked in would work, but I couldn't get the button to appear). I could probably spend longer to figure it out myself, but I would be happy to pay you to do it. I just don't like the idea of the notification being dismissed and then a new one being put in its place. I would prefer it if the notification was just modified directly through the Xposed framework.

  • John Smith

    now i can mark as read gmails from my pebble. cool =)

  • Spaniard85

    Not compatible with Sprint LG G2?

  • Lor

    Android's own email client has this feature. I wonder what keeps Google from doing it.

  • MedocMan

    I wish this would be available for regular Mail.