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I have a number of sub-folders set up on my work email with rules moving certain emails into these folders automatically. On the Galaxy S3 I can see these folders, and can 'auto-sync' the folder, but how do I set it up so that I get a notification when a new email arrives into it?

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which email client are you currently using? The stock Email or Gmail or something else? –  Lie Ryan Aug 3 '12 at 16:01
    
    
@THelper: Thank you, now fixed. –  ce4 Oct 28 '12 at 20:06

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There are many email apps for Android, each one should have an option within the app itself where you can check or uncheck to be notified of a new email arrival.

This list covers the most popular ones:

Email

Allows you to have a notification on the status bar, when activated within the application:

  1. Access the application;
  2. Tap your device "home" button;
  3. Tap "Account Settings";
  4. Scroll your way to "Notification settings";
  5. Tick the checkbox for "Email notifications".

Gmail

Allows you to have a notification on the status bar for each one of the configured accounts. Can be activated within the application:

  1. Access the application;
  2. Tap your device "home" button;
  3. Tap "more";
  4. Tap "Settings";
  5. Tap over the desired account;
  6. Scroll your way to "Notification settings";
  7. Tick the checkbox for "Email notifications".

K-9 Mail

Allows you to have a notification on the status bar for each one of the configured accounts. Can be activated within the application:

  1. Access the application;
  2. Tap your device "home" button;
  3. Tap "more";
  4. Tap "Accounts";
  5. Long Tap over the desired account;
  6. From the popup, tap "Account settings";
  7. Scroll your way to "Notifications" and tap it;
  8. Tick the checkbox for "New mail notifications".

MailDroid

Allows you to have a notification on the status bar, when activated within the application:

  1. Access the application;
  2. Tap your device "home" button;
  3. Tap "Preferences";
  4. Scroll your way to "Notifications" and tap it;
  5. Select the icon for the status bar from the dropdown;
  6. Tick the checkbox for "Show separate notification", aditionally you can tick the checkbox for "show once";

Yahoo! Mail

Allows you to have a notification on the status bar for each one of the configured accounts. Can be activated within the application:

  1. Access the application;
  2. Tap your device "home" button;
  3. Tap "Options";
  4. Tap the desirable account;
  5. Tap "Notification Settings";
  6. Tick the checkbox for "Show in Status Bar".

Hotmail

Allows you to have a notification on the status bar, when activated within the application:

  1. Access the application;
  2. Tap your device "home" button;
  3. Tap "Account Settings";
  4. Scroll your way to "General Settings" and tap it;
  5. Scroll your way to "Notifications and Alerts" and tap it;
  6. Tap "Email Notifications";
  7. Tick the checkbox for "Message Notification".

Notes:

  • Some Email apps, in order to notify you of the arrival of new mail, need to have the "auto-sync" and the "Background Data" active on your phone settings:

    This options are found on your device settings, under "Accounts & sync".

  • "Tick the checkbox" stands for having the checkbox with a green tick on it. The gray tick is the disable status.

  • If your email app isn't present on the above list, feel free to @Zuul me and I'll be glad to add it to the list.

  • Only email app with Notification capabilities will be present.

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Are these notifications for all folders, inbox only, or folders of your choosing? –  Spongeboy May 29 '13 at 1:11

There is no option to set notifications on sub folders using the stock email app. You can set each folder to sync but only the inbox will throw a notification. There are some email apps that will do it though. Touchdown does for sure but it is a $20 app. K9 is another popular email app but I have not tested for this functionality.

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Do you have any reference for your claim? And which email app are you talking about? –  roxan Oct 28 '12 at 14:33

Since Google didn't seem to work on this feature, I've implemented it myself. You can download my app and my code changes in this XDA thread.

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If you are using Gmail App:


Will notify only selected sub-folder

  1. Open "Settings"
  2. Select Account
  3. Select "Manage Labels"
  4. Select Label (Sub-Folder) to get notifications for
  5. Verify Sync is applied (All or last 4 days)
  6. Check "Label notifications"
  7. You can also check "Vibrate" and/or "Notify for every message" as well.

(My Gmail App version is 4.5.2-714156)

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