How can I stop email from being flagged as important?

gijs November 13, 2011

Recently, incoming mail to my Gmail account has been filtered as “important” instead of being sent to the inbox. I can’t figure out how to fix this.

  1. peter
    September 24, 2014 at 8:20 pm


  2. Jay
    November 14, 2011 at 6:33 am

    if you are not using priority inbox, then you dont need to care about important flags, you may turn it off.
    but if you use and check important mails first,

    try this :
    There is a trick that you can use to ensure the "Important"
    label is not applied to any messages: Create a filter that searches on
    "From:@" and set the action as "Never mark Important."I found this from here :

    or whenever it automatically marks it as important. remove the important flag.
    this will help, and in the future suck mails will not be marked as important.

    you can also use filters and choose which emails you dont want to be marked as important.

  3. Anonymous
    November 14, 2011 at 6:14 am

    How importance ranking works
    To predict which of your incoming messages are important, Gmail automatically takes into account a number of signals, including:Who you email: If you email Bob a lot, it’s likely that messages from Bob are important.
    Which messages you open: Messages you open are likely to be more important than those you skip over.

    What keywords spark your interest: If you always read messages about soccer, a new message that contains those same soccer words is more likely to be important.

    Which messages you reply to: If you always reply to messages from your mom, messages she sends are likely to be important.

    Your recent use of stars, archive and delete: Messages you star are probably more important than messages you archive without opening.
    Train your importance ranking with the “important” and “not important” buttonsIf a certain type of message isn’t getting classified correctly, use the buttons to correct and help train Gmail to classify messages more accurately.Select the misclassified message, and click the “mark as important” or “mark as not important” button.When you mark a message, it will move to the appropriate section. This will help Gmail learn what you care about most.If you correct a large number of messages that Gmail classified incorrectly, the amount of mail that gets categorized as important or unimportant (depending on the mistakes you’re correcting) will decrease within minutes.

    If you consistently mark a particular sender or mailing list as important or not important, Gmail will adjust to mark that sender as always or never important within a day or so.Importance markers
    Gmail displays different colored arrows to indicate different types of messages. A yellow arrow means that a message is important and unread. A gray marker means that the message is important and read or archived. A message Gmail has classified as unimportant has no marker. You can search for messages that are important by using the search operator ‘is:important’.If you want to know why a message was classified as important, you can hover your mouse over the importance marker for that message in order to see the main reason why the message was marked important.How to hide the markersIf you prefer, you can hide these markers by following these steps:Click the gear icon  at the top of your Gmail page, and choose Mail settings.Select the Inbox tab.In the “Importance markers” section, select the No markers option.