Gmail Notifications by Text/SMS

Do you want to receive a text (SMS) notification on your phone when you receive certain emails from Gmail? There's a way to do this, and even limit it to certain types of emails (from certain senders, with particular subject lines, etc.).

Keep in mind, though, that if your carrier charges you per text message, then each of these notifications you're getting to your phone will cost you.

  1. Click the gear icon to the upper right in Gmail. Choose Mail Settings.
  2. Click the Forwarding and POP/IMAP subtab.
  3. Click Add a forwarding address.
  4. Enter yournumber@yourcarrier.com where yournumber is your 10-digit phone number, including area code, and yourcarrier is what it says in that table below.
  5. Check your phone for a confirmation number (an 8-digit number)
  6. Enter that number in the field and click the Verify button.
  7. Click the Filters subtab.
  8. Scroll to the bottom and click the Create a New Filter link.
  9. Enter what you want notified by text in the appropriate field (if you want to be notified any time somebody@somesite.com emails you, for example, then enter somebody@somesite.com in the From: field).
  10. Click the next step button.
  11. Check the box next to Forward it to: and make sure the drop-down says:
    yournumber@yourcarrier.com
  12. Click Create Filter at the bottom.

Replace 8005551212 with your 10-digit phone number, including area code

AT&T
8005551212@txt.att.net
Boost Mobile
8005551212@myboostmobile.com
MetroPCS
8005551212@mymetropcs.com
Nextel
8005551212@messaging.nextel.com
Simple Mobile
8005551212@smtext.com
Sprint
8005551212@messaging.sprintpcs.com
T-Mobile
8005551212@tmomail.net
US Cellular
8005551212@email.uscc.net
Verizon
8005551212@vtext.com
Virgin Mobile
8005551212@vmobl.com

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Simone Smith 5 years ago from San Francisco

This is so great! I *knew* the sms notifications were possible, but whenever I tried to figure out how to get them, I'd get stuck or distracted and couldn't find a convenient guide to getting all set up. Thanks for making the process so easy!


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livelonger 5 years ago from San Francisco Author

Thanks, and my pleasure! I think there might have been a more direct filter in the past, but this workaround does work. :)


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Cardisa 5 years ago from Jamaica

This is so useful especially for people on the go who needs to check their mail frequently.

Thanks! I hope it works for my carrier here in Jamaica.


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livelonger 5 years ago from San Francisco Author

I think it might, Cardisa. From checking around, for instance, I found that phonenumber@digitextjm.com should work for Digicel.


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alocsin 5 years ago from Orange County, CA

I did not know this was available. Voting this Up and Useful.

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