How to set up SMS/Text Reminders for Yourself with Gmail

A simple solution to remember appointments or anything else

1. In Gmail

Go to Setting > See all setting > Filters and Blocked Addresses > Create a new filter

You can use any words you like. I’ll most likely use “appt” the most. But “rem” for remember could be useful and “sms” designating that I’m texting myself. But only one of those needs to be in the actual email to yourself.

2. Find your phone number’s email address

Do a quick Google search if your service isn’t listed below.

  • AT&T: (SMS), (MMS)
  • T-Mobile: (SMS & MMS)
  • Verizon: (SMS), (MMS)
  • Sprint: (SMS), (MMS)
  • Xfinity Mobile: (SMS), (MMS)
  • Virgin Mobile: (SMS), (MMS)
  • Tracfone: (MMS)
  • Simple Mobile: (SMS)
  • Mint Mobile: (SMS)
  • Red Pocket: (SMS)
  • Metro PCS: (SMS & MMS)
  • Boost Mobile: (SMS), (MMS)
  • Cricket: (SMS), (MMS)
  • Republic Wireless: (SMS)
  • Google Fi (Project Fi): (SMS & MMS)
  • U.S. Cellular: (SMS), (MMS)
  • Ting:
  • Consumer Cellular:
  • C-Spire:
  • Page Plus:

3. In Gmail (again)

With your computer or phone, schedule yourself an email for the time you’d like to be reminded. Include “appt” (or whatever your magic word is) somewhere in the subject or body so that it gets triggered to text you.

4. That’s it! Your new, reminder system is ready.

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