Getting Started Guide

Basics

After visiting the Google Alerts home page, here's what to do:

1. Enter your query

Enter your query just as if you were doing a normal Google search. Get tips on writing good queries

2. Enter your email address

Enter the email address you want your alerts delivered to. Google will protect your email address in accordance with our privacy policy.

3. Confirm the alert you have created

If you aren't signed in to a Google Account when you create an alert, Google will send you a verification email to prevent spam. Go to your email inbox, open the verification email and click the verify link to confirm your alert. If you can't find the verification email, check your spam folder.

verification email

If you are signed in to a Google Account when you create an alert, you don't need to confirm it.

Done!

That's it! Your alert is active, and you'll receive an email whenever Google Alerts finds new results for your search. Each email you receive contains a link to delete the alert, so you can cancel any time you want.

You may have noticed that Google Alerts has several other settings to help you customize your updates. Learn more about the "Type," "How often" and "Email length" fields in the "Advanced Options" section.