If you’ve lived in the 21st century (and I’m thinking you have), you’ve probably experienced the stress of waiting for a very important email to arrive. Maybe you were waiting for an email from your boss, a future employer, a potential new customer, or a romantic crush.
Maybe you’ve even missed an important email because you didn’t see it in time or it was buried among spam or other less important messages.
Good news! No need to check your inbox constantly, you can get a text message alert when an email from an important contact is received in your inbox. You’ll save a lot of time and aggravation and be able to focus on other matters. You’ll also be able to know an important email was received immediately so you can act on it right away.
Advantages of Using Text Alerts for Important Emails
Getting text alerts for your most important emails has many advantages. You’ll be notified when that important email arrives in your inbox. No constant checking and refreshing your email to see whether that all-important email is now in your inbox.
If you’re in a location with limited cell phone coverage, you may be able to receive text messages even when you don’t have a strong signal and can’t connect to the Internet from your phone.
During emergency situations when cell towers can get overloaded with calls, text messages often can get through when calls can’t.
There are times when you simply can’t keep checking your inbox, such as when you’re busy doing something else or when checking your inbox would be rude to the people you’re with. Getting a text message can alert you that the important email is waiting for you when you have a chance to check your inbox.
Setting Up Text Message Alerts for Important Emails
In just a few simple steps you can set up text alerts for emails from your most important contacts using IFTTT, If This Then That. Using an IFTTT Recipe you can easily get text alerts when an important contact sends an email to your Gmail account.
While IFTTT currently works to notify you of messages received in Gmail, it doesn’t matter which email provider the sender uses. They can use any email provider and you will get text alerts using IFTTT when their email messages appear in your Gmail inbox.
What you need:
- An IFTTT account (free)
- Your cell phone number
- Your Gmail address
- The email address of your important contact
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1. Activate the SMS Channel at IFTTT
Go to the SMS Channel at IFTTT and activate it, if you haven’t done this previously, so you can get text messages from IFTTT.
(SMS is also known as text messages: SMS definition at Wikipedia.)
Enter your cell phone number on the SMS Channel so IFTTT can send text messages to you and so you can see the phone number for IFTTT and add it to your contacts.
You don’t have to name your contact “IFTTT”. You can name it anything you want, such as Magic Genie, Santa Claus, Tech Buddy or whatever.
2. Use Gmail-to-SMS Recipe
You can create your own Recipe, but why not make life easier and use a Recipe that’s already been created?
You can use this Recipe, for example, or search for a different one:
Click the blue button above to open a pop-up window so you can set up this Recipe. In the window you can add the email address of the important person whose emails you want to receive text alerts about.
You’ll also see the text message you’ll receive when you receive an email from that important person. You don’t need to change this information.
Then click the Add button in the window to save your settings.
Now you’ll get a text message every time an email from that important person arrives in your inbox.
Note that IFTTT has a monthly limit for sending text messages to some countries. If your country has a limit you may run out of text message notifications from IFTTT if you get a lot of emails from your important contact.
Also check out these IFTTT Recipes:
Have you ever checked your inbox repeatedly for an important email? Did you ever miss an important email because you didn’t see it in time? Do you have important contacts you would like to set up in an IFTTT Recipe so you can get text messages? Share your thoughts in the Comments section below!