Get New Email Alerts on Mobile via SMS (Free)

Mark O'Neill 05-02-2009

get email alerts on mobileThis is one of those apps that is either a blessing or a curse, depending on how many emails you receive per day. If you’re the kind of person whose inbox gets showered with emails every 60 seconds then this might not be the best app for you to install – not unless you fancy having your mobile phone beeping every minute and driving you totally insane.


But if your email intake is moderate or if you tend to be away from the computer a lot when important emails arrive then this might be just the very thing for you. GSN SMS Notifier is basically a small free application that allows you to get email alerts on mobile via SMS. It sits on your computer and monitors your inbox for incoming emails. When one arrives, it sends a SMS to your mobile phone, notifying you of the sender, the subject and the first one to two lines of the email.

What’s very useful about it is that it is not confined to just checking desktop POP3 inboxes. It also checks online Gmail accounts too. So when I was testing this, I had it monitor my Gmail account. It also sends SMS messages to any phone anywhere in the world. It sends the messages through either ICQ (free of charge) or through Skype (with Skype credit). You have to have one of these apps installed on your computer and if it’s Skype, you need to have enough credit on your Skype account (it costs the same as sending a normal SMS message in your country).

So, let’s set it up.

Once you’ve installed it, let’s dive into the configuration section.

The first thing you need to specify is the length of time GSN should check your account and the mobile phone number it should send SMS notifications to. When noting down the mobile phone number, remember the international dialling code


email sms notifier

You also need to specify who should send your SMS’s – ICQ or Skype. But remember, the chosen app needs to be installed on your computer.

Next up, specify what email account it should check. You can choose between an online Gmail account or a desktop POP3 account. Then enter your account details. You can also specify labels it should check instead of the actual inbox.

email sms alert


I left the rules one alone so the last one for me was the SMS template. I also left this one alone but you might want to fiddle with this one if you want to customise what the SMS message says.

email notifications on iphone

Then close the box. It will then ask you if you want to save the changes. Say yes and everything will save. The app will minimise to the taskbar and that’s you ready to go.

So when an email hits my inbox (a fake email that I sent to a dummy test account), the SMS arrives at my mobile phone :


Get New Email Alerts on Mobile via SMS (Free) mobilephonesms

If you have internet access enabled on your phone (such as the iPhone, Blackberry or Windows Mobile), you can, if you want, go to your inbox straight away to see the full text of the email. Otherwise, the SMS would just serve as a confirmation that an email has definately arrived from a certain person and you would have to read it later when you returned to your computer.

It’s good for me because I have a Gmail account but for those who don’t have Gmail accounts, it kind of sucks a bit. It would be nice if the developer would extend this service to other email services such as Yahoo and Hotmail. Also, I’m trying to think if there are any other reliable SMS providers other than ICQ and Skype to try and cut down on SMS costs that I could suggest to the developer – any ideas?

What do you think of this service? Would you use it? Can you think of possible useful uses for it? What are the pros and cons of using it in your opinion? Any other good email sms notifier apps? Let us know what you think in the comments!


There were also a couple of relevant posts on MakeUseof earlier:

How To Setup Gmail SMS Alerts For Urgent Emails How To Setup Gmail SMS Alerts For Urgent Emails for Free Read More
How To Send Email To Any Cell Phone How to Send Email to Any Cell Phone (for Free) Did you know that you can send email to phones for free? Try this with any SMS-capable feature phone and reap the benefits. Read More

Related topics: Email Tips, Notification, Skype, SMS.

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  1. 24TechSupport
    December 29, 2016 at 12:01 pm

    Thanks for sharing your article. It was very descriptive.

  2. alasanbcamara
    January 30, 2010 at 4:08 pm

    i wants to receive my emails through an sms alert on my phone

  3. Dattatreya
    January 18, 2010 at 8:28 am

    Thanks for assistance.

  4. Rishav
    January 7, 2010 at 10:38 am

    wat about the ICQ settings???
    these are the default settings.

    ICQ# (UIN) : 1111111
    Password : ********
    ICQ Server :
    ICQ Port : 5190

    do i need to change this, coz i m getting an error msg "Message: ICQ Login Failed: IncorrectScreennamePassword"...
    please help...its urgent and important...


  5. saç ekimi
    December 17, 2009 at 2:46 am

    very nices aticle...

  6. shazia
    December 5, 2009 at 3:13 pm

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  7. Sreenivasulu
    November 30, 2009 at 2:15 pm

    cnu u have a text msg

  8. stress
    November 29, 2009 at 6:51 pm

    thank you very much for writing this usefull article.

    November 13, 2009 at 11:59 pm

    How we can avail these email alert facility on our mobile.

    reply awaited

  10. Wordpress Plugins
    October 8, 2009 at 8:45 am

    Well, the IQC way do not worked properly to me, when GSN login in the ICQ, it sig me out and IQC show a message "somebody has logged in another computer"

  11. saç ekimi
    September 8, 2009 at 8:17 am

    What do you think of this service? Would you use it? Can you think of possible useful uses for it?

  12. lazer epilasyon
    April 22, 2009 at 3:59 am

    very nices article.

  13. WAYNE
    March 30, 2009 at 7:23 am

    How do I do it? I'm not a techno whizz. PLEASE HELP!!!

  14. s0v14
    February 6, 2009 at 9:07 am

    Something about that image you used strikes me as hilarious, and it's not just the gigantic old phone. I think it's the guys grin.