Configuring Gmail to E-Mail Another Address When an E-Mail Arrives?

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Dear readers: I'd like to get a message at my main UCLA email address whenever an email arrives at my gmail account. I don't want to have the email forwarded; I just want a message saying something like "you have a new gmail from sender address" arriving in my UCLA inbox. I used to be able to do that with IFTTT, but that applet seems to have disappeared a week or so ago. Any suggestions? Please let me know!

UPDATE: It turns out that Zapier, which I had used before for other things, can do the job; many thanks to commenter blueguitarbob for the pointer.

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  1. Gmail recently cut out 3rd party apps to reduce the ability for developers to compromise your privacy (along with shutting down g+). It also cripples useful apps that scrape your inbox to function.

    One proposed solution would be to create a new email account with a provider other than Gmail, forward your Gmail to that account, then run the same notification service to notify your UCLA email.

    Other solutions get more complex, such as running chrome in phantomjs, and using selenium to detect new emails, or a userscript in tampermonkey/greasemonkey.

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  2. Gmail recently cut out 3rd party apps to reduce the ability for developers to compromise your privacy (along with shutting down g+). It also cripples useful apps that scrape your inbox to function.

    One proposed solution would be to create a new email account with a provider other than Gmail, forward your Gmail to that account, then run the same notification service to notify your UCLA email.

    Other solutions get more complex, such as running chrome in phantomjs, and using selenium to detect new emails, or a userscript in tampermonkey/greasemonkey.

  3. You can probably do this with Google Apps Script. You probably don’t want to get that involved, but if you do, here’s quickstart documentation (link has spaces added because your commenting system thinks it’s a word, and that words shouldn’t be so long): https://developers.google.com /gmail/api/ quickstart/apps-script

    1. Oh no, I think he probably does want to get that involved.

    2. If you want to link people to a long URL, you can use a proper link with HTML anchor tags.

  4. Have a grad student due it for 1 credit a semester.

  5. You have obviously angered Computrice, the goddess of software. I’d say sacrifice a virgin, but she has plenty of devotees of that description. My suggestion is that you sacrifice a goat (virgin or otherwise) at a crossroads by the light of the full moon. Then call tech support and see if either method is better than the other.

    1. Citation: ?liphas L?vi “Things to Try While Tech Support Has You On Hold,” 33 Journal of Necromantic Studies 666.

  6. Every current email client sucks donkey balls compared to the free version of Eudora from 20+ years ago.

    I blame AOL and the move away from plain text.

    1. ?and Mozilla’s Thunderbird is most likely to serve your needs. It can retrieve mail from gmail, sort it into different in-boxes, and let you reply from any account. It’s the client I use on my desktop computer.

      I frequently get email to my personal and campaign addresses that should be replied to from my legislative account. When replying, I simply pick the “reply as” from a drop-down menu.

    2. I agree. I ran the paid version of Eudora for a LOOOONG time…now I use Thunderbird, its not the same.

  7. You can accomplish this with Microsoft Flow. Verified tonight – just create connector to Gmail account, action being to send an email to another account. The trigger works fine and all the fields from the inbound email are exposed for you to compose as you wish in the newly created email.
    For instance, you can send an email using the sender address or sender name in the subject line as you specified.
    Of course, you’ll need to set up a Flow account, and I couldn’t tell you whether the gmail connector is included in the free plan. Also, free is limited to 750 actions per month. The next up costs $5/mo, giving you 4500 flows per mo.
    If you need any help, feel free to contact me, but if you’ve been slinging IFTTT, Flow should be pretty straight forward.

  8. Wouldn’t it be easier to install the gmail app on your phone? It will show an alert when you get an email.

    1. Yes, but I’m sometimes not by my phone — I’m almost always by some device that has my normal e-mail inbox open.

      1. That’s weird.

        1. Yeah, how can you get any work done without ready access to cat videos, Facebook and instagram notifications, and spam robocalls?

  9. You can aggregate multiple email accounts in most modern email clients. Instead of having an external application watch your gmail account and send a notification to your UCLA account, you could simplify things by configuring one email client to manage both email accounts.

    If you use gmail’s email client, you have the advantage of having both a web app and a smartphone app. The smartphone app is nice because it will give you immediate notifications of incoming email no matter where you are. The smartphone app is also a bit more sophisticated than the web app, providing separate views of the mail from each account, or of all accounts merged together.

    In gmail, you can set this up either in the web app or in the smartphone app. The smartphone app is a little easier than the web app, in my opinion, because it will also help you aggregate related things such as calendars, contact names, and to-do lists. On the web client, you would click on the “gear” icon to select Settings > Accounts to set this up. You would want to fill in both the “Send Mail As:” and “Check Mail From Other Accounts” sections so you can both send and receive all email.

    You do need to get in the habit of being aware of which email account you are corresponding under. When you are replying to an email, this won’t be necessary because the reply will automatically match the account it was sent to.

  10. You can do this with Zapier. There’s a monthly fee, but go to zapier.com and check out the Gmail integrations. It’s pretty easy to set up.

    1. Excellent — I had used Zapier before for other things, but I didn’t know it could do this; I’ve just set it up, and all is well. Much appreciate your help!

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  14. I’ve done something similar in the past with a pretty simple Google App Script. If you need it, let me know and I could probably walk you through it in a few minutes.

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