Here’s how to mark emails as important on Gmail

A step-by-step guide to mark emails as important on Gmail
An undated image of Googles Gmail logo. — Unsplash
An undated image of Google's Gmail logo. — Unsplash

Google's Gmail, an email service platform, has several distinct features, including a tool that allows users to add custom labels to indicate if an email is urgent/important or not.

An email may be tagged to the user's specifications with a single press after it has been received. It should be noted that the labels are only visible to the user and not to the other party.

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However, there is a tiny workaround when establishing such labels for the first time. Here is a thorough instruction on how to achieve this:

Mark email as important

Marking an email as important on an Android or iOS smartphone is a simple process, particularly when compared to the web.

  1. Tap the email.
  2. Click the three-dot menu (kebab menu).
  3. Select “Mark as important.”

All emails marked as important will be found in a single location.

Star an email

An email can also be marked with a star to distinguish between routine email and important ones. This is possible using both the web and the Gmail app.

Creating important or urgent labels on Gmail

  1. Go to and select the compose email option.
  2. Click on the three-dot menu icon on the bottom right corner of the mail compose window and select the label option.
  3. Click the three-dot menu symbol in the bottom right corner of the mail compose window to pick the label option.
  4. Gmail by default includes categories like Work, Social, and Update.
  5. To create a new custom label, select "Create new" and input the label's name, for example, urgent or important.
  6. Once the labels are generated, just right-click an email and select essential or urgent. When you open Gmail again, the email will be marked with a special label.
  7. This label may also be deleted when the task is completed by right-clicking and deselecting the label option.