Waiting on 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 virtually anything, including new emails from Gmail, Outlook, and Hotmail.
Update: Amazon removed the email integration features from Alexa in November 2021. Unfortunately, this is no longer possible.
Who Can Benefit from Alexa’s Email Alert Feature?
Alexa can provide email notifications for each email received, which means Alexa’s Email Alert feature is best reserved for people who get no more than six or seven emails a day, as well as those who need assistance reading emails off of a computer. If you receive dozens of emails a day, the notifications can come in with blistering frequency.
However, you can sort through the mess by asking about emails from a specific sender. Through that feature you’ll get 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 Alert You When You Recieve an Email
To have Alexa alert you to incoming emails, download the Amazon Alexa app from Apple’s App Store for iPhone or from the Google Play Store for Android.
From there, open the app and tap on “More” on the bottom menu bar.
Tap on “Settings.”
Tap on “Notifications,” followed by “Calendar & Email.”
Click on “Add Account.” Select from Google, Microsoft, or Apple, allowing Alexa to access the services and link your calendar and/or email accounts. For the purposes of this article, we will use Gmail.
Upon selecting Google, Microsoft, or Apple, you will be prompted to connect an account and grant permissions for Alexa to read, compose, send, edit, share and delete your emails and/or calendars.
Once granted, you will see a successful “Account Added” confirmation.
Tap on “Continue to Account Settings” to select which calendars you would like to use.
On the next screen, Alexa will offer to help you track package deliveries by scouring your email for order confirmation and delivery status.
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How to Ask Alexa for an Email Update
To get an overview of your inbox, simply ask Alexa to “Alexa, read my email.” This will prompt Alexa to tell you the names of senders and subject lines for all emails received in the last 24 hours. First, Alexa will recite the name of the sender and subject lines starting from your primary inbox, followed by secondary folders such as the “Promotions” and “Social” folders.
If there are no emails in your primary folder, Alexa will ask if you wish to receive email notifications every time there is a new email. Say “Yes” to have Alexa accept.
After reciting the name of the sender and subject line for each email, Alexa will then ask you if you want to read, delete, or proceed to the next email in your inbox.
How to Ask About a Specific Person’s Email
To ask Alexa if you received an email from someone, simply ask, “Alexa, did I get an email from [name]?” Alexa will respond and also ask if you would like to opt into a one-time notification whenever that contact sends an email.
A Nifty Notification Feature for Infrequent Email Users
Alexa’s Email Alert feature works very well with those who receive Gmail, Outlook, and Hotmail emails, allowing them to receive audible, real-time notifications whenever an email lands in their inbox. This is just one of many ways you can put your Echo to work for you.
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