How to set up and customise Google Alerts to stay updated on the topics that matter most to you

Getty ImagesGoogle Alerts can help you stay updated on the topics you care about.
  • You can set up and customise a Google Alert in a few minutes, and you can easily shut them down at any time once you no longer wish to track a given term.
  • Google Alerts can help you stay abreast of breaking news, keep you in the know on fashion and cultural trends, and even help you keep track of what’s being said about you online.
  • You can customise the frequency with which you get Google Alerts, the region which Google should track for the search term, and many other metrics.

When you want to get an update on that news story you were following, who won the game you couldn’t catch live, or what movies are coming out this weekend, chances are that you head to Google and do a quick search. But what if you didn’t even have to spend time searching, because Google had already sent the latest information right to your inbox?

Google Alerts proactively searches the web for specific terms you’ve asked for, delivering you relevant content to you via email (or RSS feed) as often as you’d like.

A Google Alert can make you one of the first to hear breaking news, it can help you find your favourite influencer’s latest selfie, or it could even help you monitor the buzz around your own name.

Here’s how to set up, customise, and delete a Google Alert.

Set up a Google alert

To set up a Google Alert, log into your Google account, then go to the Google Alerts page.

1. Type the search term you want to follow into the bar reading “Create an alert about…”

Screen Shot 2019 03 25 at 1.39.20 PM (1)Steven John/Business InsiderType keywords into the bar here to create an alert.

2. Click the blue box that reads “Create an alert.”

That’s it! You just created a Google alert. But your work isn’t quite done. If you want Google to provide you relevant content that arrives on a specific schedule, there are a few more steps to take.

Customise a Google Alert

Go to your Alerts page and find the Google Alert you want to customise.

1. Click on the pencil icon to the right of the alert to open its settings.

JvjvjSteven John/Business InsiderClick the pencil to the right of an alert to customise it.

2. Customise the alert as you wish, setting parameters on the language of the content you wish to receive alerts in, the regions from you’d like to get content, the types of content source that interests you, and so on.

Screen Shot 2019 03 25 at 1.43.22 PMSteven John/Business InsiderCustomise the frequency and originating region of your Google alerts, along with any other available features.

3. Hit the blue “Update alert” box.

And if you want to have all your alerts delivered at a specific time, hit the gear icon to the right of the words “My alerts” and choose a time for delivery. You can limit your alert updates to once daily or even once weekly, though that rather defeats the point of getting the info quickly. You can also ask that Google deliver all your updates in a single email, rather than separately.

Delete a Google Alert

Deleting an alert is just as simple.

1. Go to your Google Alerts page.

2. Locate the trash can icon to the right of the alert you wish to delete and click it.

TrashSteven John/Business InsiderClick the trash can next to an alert to delete it.

That’s that – the alert is gone.

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