When you want to get an update on a news story, find out who won the game you couldn’t see live, or see what movies are coming out this weekend, chances are you’ll do a search on Google.
But what if you didn’t even need to spend time searching because Google had already sent the latest information straight to your inbox?
Google Alerts proactively searches the web for the specific terms you requested and delivers the content to you as often as you want.
Here’s how to set up, customize and delete a Google alert.
How to configure Google alerts
To set up a Google alert, sign in to your Google account, .
1. Type the search term you want to track into the “Create an alert about…” bar and search for it.
2. Click the blue box that says “Create Alert.”
That’s it! You have just created a Google alert.
But your work is not quite done. By default, Google will send you updates once a day. If you want your alerts to be sent more or less often, here’s how to do it.
How to customize Google alerts
Go to Alerts page and find the Google alert you want to customize.
1. Click the pencil icon to the right of the alert to open its settings.
2. Customize the alert. You can set how often you receive alerts, what language they should be in, what sources you want your alerts to come from, and much more.
3. Click the blue “Update Alert” box.
And if you want all your alerts sent at a specific time, tap the gear icon to the right of “My Alerts” and choose a delivery time. You can limit your alert updates to once a day or even once a week.
You can also ask Google to send you all your alert updates in one email, rather than separately.
How to delete Google alerts
Deleting an alert is just as easy.
1. Go to your Google Alerts page.
2. Locate the trash can icon to the right of the alert you want to delete and click it.
There you go, the alert has disappeared.
Steven John contributed to an earlier version of this article.