I am in a volunteer fire brigade and live in fringe pager and phone range. I have set up so that pages are now also sent to me by email - this works well.

But I don't like (or want) to check email constantly and am looking for a way to have some sort of alert when email from a specific sender arrives.

I tried GMail Notifier but that alerts for everything.

I considered filtering to another GMail account and that would work if I had Notifier on that account only, but it seems a bit clunky - this will be what I settle for unless someone has another suggestion.

  • Check out "if this then that", a web application that seems to fit your needs ifttt.com/wtf
    – peanut_butter
    Jun 29 '13 at 0:56

You could set up a filter that marks all mail, except for that specific sender, as Not important, and set up GMail notifications for only Important messages.

The filter string would be something like from:-firedepartment.gov(notice the - sign), and the action Never mark it as important. Screenshot of the Create filter dialog, part 1 Screenshot of the Create filter dialog, part 2

To be sure your fire alarms are marked as important, you should also create a reverse filter, so that all mail from firedepartment.gov is marked as important. Simply repeat the steps above, entering the email address without the - sign, and selecting Always mark it as important.

In GMail's settings, on the General tab, scroll down to Desktop Notifications and select Important mail notifications on:

Screenshot of the Desktop Notifications setting

This, of course, rules out the possibility of using the Important messages feature for anything else than your fire alarms.

  • Thanks, that is the most workable solution I have found.
    – Steve
    Feb 26 '14 at 8:30

You can do with the help of IFTTT.

  1. Activate your Gmail channel in IFTTT.
  2. Next set up a trigger on "any new mail" with the FromAddress as the email address of any particular sender.
  3. For the action, choose your mobile and you'll get an SMS when a new email from that sender arrives in your mailbox.
  • You didn't read the question "live in fringe pager and phone range". I already get the pages by SMS...when I go out.
    – Steve
    Jun 30 '13 at 22:05
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    Where would you like to receive these alerts? Jul 1 '13 at 5:48
  • On my windows PC. A pop up or a sound. As I suggested, maybe having a specific account for this email only and then gmail notifier. It is the only solution I can think of which is why I asked here.
    – Steve
    Jul 2 '13 at 6:13

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