I have audible notifications for emails on my phone turned off since I receive so many emails. I do have audio notications on for text messagres, since I receive them infrequently and they always tend to have information I need to know sooner than later.
It is possible to send an email to a text message :
I tried to simply put my firstname.lastname@example.org into the noticiation service that alerted me to a school closing when it asked for my email address, but they were too smart for that.
Note: Prince William County provides free text messaging. This was for a county other than PWC.
So I had them email to my Gmail account. Then I created a filter in Gmail to forward the message to my phone as a text message.
Note : You'll normally have to wait for the first email before you can do this because you need to know what email account sends you the alert.
In Gmail, click Settings in the upper right hand corner.
When the Settings Page appears, click Filters. You may have to scroll down to find it if you already have Filters made.
In the From space, enter the email address that sends you the alert.
You can click then Test Search button to make sure it sees the email you have already received from that company,
Then click the Next Button.
Next, we need to tell it to forward the email to your phone as a text message by choosing the "Forward it to" check box, and entering in the correct email address. The email address is created by combining your phone number and the email address for your carrier from the list above.
Next time an email comes in alerting you to a school closing, for example, this filter should forward it as a text message to your phone.
If you do not have Gmail, check your email client for the ability automatically forward selected emails.
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