Setting up email alerts in MT4
- Click the “Tools” drop-down from the main menu and then click “Options”
- Select the “Email” tab and enter the following settings: Check “Enable”
SMTP Server: smtp.gmail.com SMTP login: <your email address>
SMTP Password: <your email password> From: MT4 Alerts, (entering your email address to send from)
To: Recipient Name, (entering the email address to receive email)
Example of email settings dialog in MT4
3- Click OK button and now MT4 is able to send you email when either Alerts are configured to send email or when an Expert Advisor attempts to send email.
Now that we have the email settings set up we will quickly go over how to use the basic Alerts functionality. In the MT4 Terminal window there is a tab labelled “Alerts”, which if clicked will bring a list of all set Alerts. We can enter new Alerts by right clicking in this window and selecting the “Create” option. The Alert Editor dialog box will appear that will allow us to set email and other alert types to trigger when the market price of certain symbols breaches a defined price. The options are quite self-explanatory. If this facility is used on a VPS or unattended machine running MT4 that is always on then it can serve as quite a useful tool for a trader that is on the go but always has access to their email.
As you can see receiving trade notifications can be invaluable and make sure you don’t miss trading opportunities. If you are serious about trading we recommend you set up email alerts.