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Gmail Notifications by Text/SMS

Updated on July 18, 2011

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 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 emails you, for example, then enter 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:
  12. Click Create Filter at the bottom.

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

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    • alocsin profile image

      alocsin 6 years ago from Orange County, CA

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

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      Jason Menayan 6 years ago from San Francisco

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

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      Carolee Samuda 6 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.

    • livelonger profile image

      Jason Menayan 6 years ago from San Francisco

      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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      Simone Haruko Smith 6 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!