‘MarkAsRead for Gmail’ app brings a Read button to Gmail notifications

by: Andrew GrushMarch 20, 2014
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Right now, if you receive a Gmail notification, you have one of two options: you can either archive it or reply. Wish there were more choices than that? Thanks to a new app appropriately named “MarkAsRead for Gmail” you finally get the option to simply mark the message as read, without having to do anything else.

MarkAsRead works by intercepting Gmail notifications, it then dismisses them and sends a clone to our notification tray that adds a handy “Read” button in between the Archive and Reply options. Although this is a simple app, it’s still a welcome change that we wish Google would bring us directly.

You can grab the app for yourself from Google Play for $1.31. While this is a little hefty of a price to pay for an app that has just one function, remember that you’re not just buying the one feature, but your investing in the developer and the work they’ve put into it. And for what it’s worth, the developer already has more “MarkAsRead” ideas in store for us in the future, such as possibily bringing similar functionality to SMS messages.

What do you think, is getting a “Read” button worth $1.31 in your opinion? Anyone try this yet, if so, does it work for you as it should?

  • Mahesh

    I’ve been waiting for this feature for a long time, it arrived finally!

  • eClipse

    Incompatible with all of my devices – Xoom running 4.1.2, GSII running CM10.


  • wil’

    What’s the app used in the screenshot for quick access buttons? (WiFi…)

  • Phil Rigby

    I’d prefer a delete button, TBH.

    • AndroidBrian

      Go To gmail settings. You can change Archive into delete.

  • wil’

    @phil_rigby:disqus you can get the delete button instead of the archive button right from Gmail app settings.

  • Rohan Puri

    Hi guys! I’m the dev. Happy to answer any questions about how this works! Turns out, although it looks simple, there’s a lot going on behind the scenes here to make sure it looks and feels like you never even installed another app (I wanted it to disappear). Multiple accounts and Hangouts/SMS is on the to-do — going to try it out to see if I can make it work!

  • AndroidBrian

    Andrew Grush , your first statement is incorrect. In general setting there’s a option to show archive only, delete only or display both options.

  • AndroidBrian

    Hangouts needs this app extension IMO.

  • A little steep in price, but I’ll pay for it anyways because it’s something I’ve wanted for years.

  • wil’

    Hi @rohan_puri:disqus nice job on developing this, I installed it on my N4 (official KK 4.4.2 rooted and uncloked, no franco kernel or anything), I configured MarkAsRead so it can catch notifications within Android system, selected my Gmail account and activated it from the app itself and still it’s not showing the “Read” button. Rebooted phone, reactivated MarkAsRead, same thing. My Gmail app is configured to display the “Delete” button over the “Archive” button. Any thoughts?

    • wil’

      Reactivated it, rebooted the phone and now it works :)