MetaTrader and TradingView have made it easy to create alerts based on price levels, indicators or trading strategies.
But there is one problem with these alert systems…
They can only send an alert to one app or email address at a time.
This doesn't help if you want to get your alerts on multiple devices or if you want to send the same alert to multiple traders.
Luckily there is an easy way to do this. In this post, I'll show you exactly how to send an alert to multiple devices that run:
You can send an alert to as many traders as you want and you can control who gets the alerts.
…and the best part is that this can be done for free.
Who This Method is For
This method could be for you if you need to send your trading alerts to multiple devices, multiple traders or a device that is not covered by Metatrader or TradingView.
Downsides of This Method
Since this method has several moving parts, there's always the possibility of failure at one of the steps.
In my experience, this method has been very robust. But services do occasionally go down.
In addition, since you are relaying trading signals, there could be a delay in the signal. I've found that the signal speed is often very good.
But it may not be suitable for daytrading or scalping strategies.
How to Setup this Alert Distribution Method
You will need to sign up for 4 services, all of them can be used for free:
- Metatrader or TradingView
You will probably want to sign up for a new Gmail account so you don't have tons of emails in your personal account.
On top of that, it's not a good idea to give too many services access to your personal email account.
Step 1: Install Your Alerts
Start by installing the software that will send your alerts. This could be an Expert Advisor (EA), or alert indicator…whatever works best for you.
You can see all of our trading alert products here.
Step 2: Setup Alerts in Metatrader or TradingView
Now you will need to setup Metatrader or TradingView to send email alerts to your Gmail account. It's much easier to setup TradingView alerts, so I would recommend using TradingView.
The only downside is with TradingView is that there aren't as many alert indicators and EAs available.
Metatrader has many more free and paid alert indicators available, so if you cannot get a TradingView alert solution, then you will have to go with Metatrader.
- You can get the instructions for setting up TradingView alerts here.
- The Metatrader alert setup instructions are here.
Step 3: Setup Labels in Gmail
Next, login to your Gmail account and create new labels. This will help you separate each of your trading alerts.
If you only have one alert, then you can skip this step.
Create a new label for each of the alerts that you use.
Then create a filter to label each of the alert emails. The filter that you create will depend on the information that your alert sends you.
Most of the time, the easiest way to label each email is by filtering by keywords in the email subject line.
I recommend using Gmail because it is the fastest and most reliable.
Email providers like Yahoo are notorious for delays and sometimes losing emails altogether.
Step 4: Use an IFTTT Applet to Bridge Gmail and Slack
Then connect your Gmail account and Slack channel to IFTTT.
Use this applet to send an email from Gmail to the Slack channel of your choice.
I recommend setting up a new Slack channel for each type of alert. Doing this makes it easier to reference alerts later.
Step 5: Login to Slack via Browser or Mobile App
Finally, login to Slack on the device of your choice.
You can login on a browser and activate browser alerts on a laptop or desktop computer.
Download the Slack app on Android or iOS if you want to get the same alerts on your mobile devices.
You can now add people to your Slack channel if you want them to get your alerts.
Before you decide to use this method in a live trading environment, be sure to test it for at least a couple of weeks.
It takes a bit of time to set it up and test it, but once you get it running, I have found it to be very reliable.