How to have Alexa notify you when someone sends you an email

How to have Alexa notify you when someone sends you an email

Are you waiting for an important email, but don’t want to look at your phone every time you get a notification? Alexa can provide real-time updates on just about anything, including new emails from Gmail, Outlook, and Hotmail.

Who can benefit from Alexa’s email alert feature?

Alexa can provide email notifications for every email received, which means that Alexa’s email alert feature is reserved for people who receive no more than six or seven emails per day, as well as those who have need assistance reading emails from a computer. If you receive dozens of emails a day, notifications can arrive with dizzying frequency.

However, you can solve the problem by asking about emails from a specific sender. Through this feature you will receive a one-time notification of an important email from a single sender rather than repeated notifications from multiple senders.

Alexa’s email alert feature is available on all Alexa-enabled devices. As of this writing in August 2021, the feature is only compatible with Google’s Gmail, Outlook, and Microsoft’s Hotmail.

How to have Alexa notify you when you receive an email

To have Alexa notify you of incoming emails, download the Amazon Alexa app from the Apple App Store for iPhone or from Google Play Store for Android .

From there, open the app and tap “More” in the bottom menu bar.

Alexa app home page

Tap “Settings”.

settings screen

Tap “Notifications”, followed by “Calendar and email”.

calendar and email screen

Click on “Add Account”. Select from Google, Microsoft or Apple, allowing Alexa to access services and link your calendar and / or email account. For the purposes of this article, we will be using Gmail.

Alexa Allow screen

After selecting Google, Microsoft or Apple, you will be asked to connect an account and grant Alexa permissions to read, compose, send, edit, share and delete your emails and / or calendars.

choose an account screen

Once granted, you will see an “Account added” success confirmation.

account added notification

Tap “Continue with Account Settings” to select the calendars you want to use.

On the next screen, Alexa will offer to help you track package deliveries by sifting through your email for order confirmation and delivery status.

parcel tracking page

How to ask Alexa for an email update

To get an overview of your inbox, simply ask Alexa for “Alexa, read my email”. This will require Alexa to tell you the sender names and subject lines for all emails received in the past 24 hours. First, Alexa will recite the sender’s name and subject lines starting from your primary inbox, followed by sub-folders such as the “Promotions” and “Social” folders.

If there are no emails in your home folder, Alexa will ask you if you want to receive email notifications whenever there is a new email. Say “Yes” to get Alexa to accept.

After reciting the sender name and subject line for each email, Alexa will ask you if you want to read, delete, or go to the next email in your inbox.

How to ask about a specific person’s email

To ask Alexa if you’ve received an email from someone, simply ask “Alexa, I received an email from [nome]? ” Alexa will respond and also ask you if you want to turn on a one-time notification every time that contact sends an email.

An elegant notification feature for infrequent email users

Alexa’s email alert feature works very well with email recipients from Gmail, Outlook, and Hotmail, allowing them to receive audible real-time notifications whenever an email arrives in their inbox. This is just one of the many ways you can get your Echo to work for you.

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