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Creating New Gmail Labels on Mobile: A Step-by-Step Guide

Jason Gong
App automation expert
Apps used
Google Mail
March 22, 2024

Creating new labels in the Gmail app is not directly possible on Android devices but can be done on iPhones/iPads. Follow these steps for a workaround on Android and direct steps for iOS:

  • Android users must use a web browser to access the desktop version of Gmail to create labels.
  • iPhone/iPad users can create labels directly within the Gmail app.
  • For Android, navigate to Gmail's desktop version, go to 'Settings', then 'Labels', and create a new label.
  • For iPhone/iPad, use the Gmail app, tap the menu, then '+ Create new' under 'Labels'.

Automate your Gmail tasks and integrate with productivity tools seamlessly with Bardeen.

Why can't I create a new label in Gmail app

If you're struggling to create a new label directly in the Gmail app on your Android device, it's because this functionality is not available in the mobile app. However, you can still create labels by using a web browser to access the desktop version of Gmail. On the other hand, if you're using an iPhone or iPad, you can create labels directly within the Gmail app. Here's how you can create labels in both scenarios:

Creating Labels on Android

  1. Open a web browser on your Android device and go to

       2. Sign in with your Gmail account.

       3. Decline the prompt to use the Gmail app by selecting 'Use the web version' or 'I am not interested'.

       4. Tap the three-line menu ☰ at the top-left corner.

       5. Scroll down and tap 'Desktop' to switch to the desktop version of Gmail.

       6. Tap the gear icon or 'Settings' at the top-right corner. You may need to select 'See all settings' if you're using a tablet.

       7. Tap the 'Labels' tab to view existing labels and the option to create a new one.

       8. Enter a name for your new label and tap 'Create'. If you don't see a field to type in, tap 'Create new label' first.

       9. To assign the new label to a message in the Gmail mobile app, open the app, tap the message, tap the three vertical dots, select 'Change labels', choose your label, and tap 'OK'.

Creating Labels on iPhone/iPad

  1. Open the Gmail app on your iPhone or iPad.
  2. Tap the three-line menu ☰ at the top-left corner.

       2. Scroll down and tap '+ Create new' under the 'Labels' section.

      3. Type a name for your label and tap 'Save'.

      4. To assign the new label to a message, go back to your inbox, tap the message, tap the three horizontal dots, select 'Label', choose the label(s) you want to assign, and tap the checkmark to save.

By following these steps, you can effectively manage your emails by creating and assigning labels in Gmail, whether you're using an Android device or an iPhone/iPad.

Automate Your Gmail: Boost Email Productivity with Bardeen

While the Gmail app may limit some functionalities such as creating new labels directly on mobile devices, automating your email tasks using Bardeen can optimize your productivity and ensure that your email management is as efficient and streamlined as possible.

For instance, integrating Gmail with other tools can automate processes such as task creation and lead management directly from your inbox. Here are a few examples of what you can automate using Bardeen:

  1. Create ClickUp task when label is added to an email: This playbook triggers the creation of a task in ClickUp whenever a specific label is added to an email in Gmail, ensuring that you never miss actioning an important email.
  2. Save labeled emails to ClickUp, including attachments stored on Google Drive: Automate the saving of emails labeled for specific projects or topics as tasks in ClickUp, including their attachments by uploading them to Google Drive.
  3. Save labeled emails to Google Sheets, including attachments stored on Google Drive: This playbook allows you to save emails with a specific label to Google Sheets, streamlining document organization and ensuring important attachments are systematically stored and easily accessible.

Explore these playbooks to automate your email management and integrate your Gmail with productive tools seamlessly.

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