Creating Emergency Labels in Gmail

Configuring a Red 'Emergency' Label for Emails from

  1. NOTE: The labels feature is not used in the Gmail mobile app. Every message from the address has its subject line prepended with [EMERGENCY], so that's the best we can do for the mobile app at this time.

  2. Create a New Label

    • Go to Gmail, click on the Gear icon (⚙️) in the upper right corner, then select See all settings.
    • Navigate to the Labels tab.
    • Click on Create new label.
    • Enter the name Emergency for the label and click Create.
      Steps to create a new label
  3. Color the Label

    • Back in your Gmail inbox, locate the Emergency label on the left sidebar.
    • Hover over the label, click the three dots (⋮) next to it.
    • Select Label color, choose red, and confirm by clicking Save.
      Selecting a label color
  4. Create a Filter

    • Access settings again by clicking on the Gear icon (⚙️), then See all settings.
    • Head over to the Filters and Blocked Addresses tab.
    • Click on Create a new filter.
    • In the "Has the words" field, type list:(<>).
    • Click on Create filter.
      Steps to create a filter for messages delivered to
  5. Apply the Label

    • On the next screen, tick the checkbox for Apply the label.
    • Select the Emergency label from the dropdown menu.
    • Optionally, to label past emails, check the box next to Also apply filter to matching conversations.
    • Click on Create filter to finalize.
      Steps to finish creating applying the new filter

Now, emails from the specified mailing list address will automatically receive the red Emergency label.

Emergency label applied