Gmail To Cell Without The App?

Today, another Matt asks:

Hey Matt, I love Gmail, and love the Gmail notifier as well… is there any way to get a text alert on your phone? That would be AWESOME if Gmail could do that. Would save me time from checking my email from a random computer or my phone.

Believe it or not, you can forward a copy of your Gmail to most typical SMS enabled mobile phones. How? First, you will need to contact your mobile carrier and find out what your SMS to email address is. Be aware most mobile reps will have little to no idea what the heck you are talking about, so you will want to ask for “your_phone_number@yourcarrier’”. For AT&T Wireless users, this would be [email protected] – Sprint, You get the general idea.

In Gmail, just set it up to forward a “copy” of your new messages to that “email” address – it’s that simple.

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  • Paul

    If you don’t have unlimited text with your phone service, you should not do this, I sent an E-mail by accident to my son. He got it as 28 text messages, he’s not happy! And I don’t know what happens if the mail has pictures in it.

  • Matt Hartley

    Paul: Ouch, good point – solid point. :)

  • Scamslayer

    Of course if you have a BlackBerry you can check Gmail without the app by setting up the e-mail forwarder. However that has the same problem with the texting, as I got a text every hour I didn’t check the e-mail.

    Otherwise, I can’t do this because I only have 300 text messages a month because I don’t have a BlackBerry anymore. In anyevent this is a good way to do this.

  • Peter

    Yeah, I think the original question was asking if there’s a notifier – I have AT&T Wireless and they have notifier support for a bunch of web mail clients, but not gmail. Anyone else know of one?