This is a great solution for someone with a business where you want to be notified audibly and nearly instantly when you receive email from one of your customers. This keeps you from having to check your email constantly or to be interrupted by every email from everyone. Just set up the filter according to subject line or some other constant in the “to” or “from” fields.
First in Gmail you need to set up your telephone number as a forwarding “email” destination. The following explains how:
Within Gmail go to “Settings” and select “Forwarding and POP/IMAP.”
Under “Forwarding,” click “Add a Forwarding Address.”
Enter your 10 digit cell phone number with the designation for your provider.
Thanks, http://www.thinkingserious.com/2010/04/03/how-to-forward-an-email-as-a-text-message/ for this list. I have not checked them all, but I know the T-mobile works.
Let’s say your cell number is 555-123-4567 and you have T-Mobile so you enter:
Click “Next” and you will see the message “A confirmation code has been sent to verify permission.”
In a minute you will receive a text message from Gmail on your cell phone.
It sends you an 8- or so digit “confirmation code” and also gives you the option to click through a link to complete the verification. If you do not want to get a data charge, you can make a note of the confirmation code. I will tell you where to put it.
Go back to your Gmail account to “Settings” and “Forwarding and POP/IMAP” under “Forwarding” and you will see the message “Verify [email protected]” and a box where you can enter the confirmation code and click “verify.” You also have the option to “Re-send email,” actually the text message, or to remove the address.
You should see the message “You have verified the forwarding address.”
Under “Forwarding” keep the radio button “Disable Forwarding” selected if you do not want all your email forwarded to your cell phone.
Follow the standard procedure for creating filters and you will see when you have the option of designating a forwarding “email” which in this case is a text message to your phone. (It will appear as a drop-down selection.)
Setting up filters is fairly intuitive. You can start under “Settings” by going to “Filters” or by initiating a search of your mail first or by opening an email of someone whose messages you want to filter.
I have noticed that my text messages from my Gmail appear as “picture messages.” I do not believe this will accrue additional charges in my cell phone plan, but I will update when I know for sure.
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