Mail coming in from gmail automatically marked as read

For a couple of weeks or maybe more, new email messages coming in from my gmail accounts were automatically being marked read before I ever opened them. It was maddening.

I’ve spent a couple of days looking into this and there seem to be several things which might contribute to this happening: (the suggestions all are under the Settings, upper right of the Inbox which looks like this Screen shot 2014-07-16 at 11.47.09 AM

  1. Check your filters. This will be in Settings –> Filters. If any of them are purposely setting a ‘Mark as Read’ this might be the problem.
  2. For me, this was under Settings –> Accounts and Imports –> Other Google Account settings. On the next page, click Security at the top of the page. Then, on the lower right, in the Account permissions section, next to Apps and websites, click View all. On the next page, look at the Apps and websites which have access to your account. I’ve been looking for the ‘ideal’ gmail client for my iOS devices so there were were quite a few Apps which were no longer on my devices. I clicked each one, then over on the right side, clicked Revoke access. In all honesty, I don’t think it was the now gone Apps. There was also an item for Amazon, and I have no idea why I would have granted Amazon access to any email other than the one I use to order stuff. After revoking the Amazon privileges, the problem seems to have disappeared.

Why this suddenly began, I don’t know. But it appears to be gone now. If this helps you, consider the hours it took me to solve this; consider making a contribution via PayPal.


6 thoughts on “Mail coming in from gmail automatically marked as read

  1. Thanks for the heads up. In my case it was the windows 10 “email” app which i had been fiddling with as an alternative to outlook on w10. I ended up deciding to keep using outlook but in the meantime “Email” had access to gmail and so was causing everything to be marked as read. Revoke access, problem fixed

  2. Four years after the OP, this is still helping! I had forgotten that I created a filter to mark all incoming messages as Read (I must have had a reason at the time!) This was not a problem since I was using Inbox instead of Gmail. But since Inbox is going away, I went back to Gmail and found all messages were being marked as Read. I didn’t even think to check filters until I read your post. Thanks!!

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