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If you are a fan of the online automation service site, If This Then That (IFTTT), you might be interested to know about the recent posting of two new Gmail actions which add to the growing collection of actions on the site.

The two new actions consist of an “Any new mail” trigger which fires every time any new email arrives, and another Gmail automation, “New starred email,” triggered anytime you star a specified type of email. These triggers work with other IFTTT recipes such as Dropbox, Google calendar, Evernote, Instagram, and Messages.

IFTTT works with a large assortment of Internet services, or Channels, that enable you to set up rules which automatically trigger particular actions. So for example, the “Any new email” action can be used to notify you via SMS every time you receive a new Gmail message.

To set up the action you will need to provide IFTTT your Gmail account address and your SMS phone number, both of which are stored in your IFTTT account so they they can be used with other actions, or what are called “recipes”.

You can further narrow down this “Any new mail” recipe by specifying that you only want to be notified if the new email comes from a particular address, and/or with the specified subject or date.


The “New starred email” action works in a similar fashion, whereby all your starred emails, or specified types of emails, get copied to say your Evernote account, or listed to a Google spreadsheet.

Source: IFTTT

  1. Keith Swartz
    February 14, 2013 at 7:44 am

    Mr. B., Thank you for this Helpful writing. It is, if I may quote the Great Tony the Tiger, "Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrreat!"

  2. Lee
    January 13, 2013 at 3:34 pm

    I used Gmail filters and email forwarding to achieve the Email-to-SMS feature a while ago. You just need to set up email forwarding so that it forwards any email received to your number (which can be used as an email by adding a specific carrier address after it).

    For example, if you're on AT&T, you can send an email to or and you'll get the message on your phone (the first one will send it as an SMS message and the second will send it as an MMS, which is good if the message contains formatting).
    You can find the emails for other carriers online.

    This is really useful if you don't have a smartphone, because you can forward all your email to your phone when you wont be near an internet connection.

    • Bakari Chavanu
      January 20, 2013 at 7:22 am

      Lee, thanks a sharing this. I'm sure other readers will find it useful.

  3. Marian Cimbru
    January 12, 2013 at 5:58 am

    Thanks, but the SMS service is not available worldwide. It depends on mobile carriers. Also the Weather service.

    • Bakari Chavanu
      January 20, 2013 at 7:21 am

      Marian, thanks for letting us know this.

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