How to set up a Google Alert

If you want to stay up-to-date with a topic, a great way is to set up a Google Alert so that you get sent an email with the latest webpages and news items and other new content about that topic. 
 
You'll need:
 
  • A computer connected to the internet
  • A Google account (including a Gmail account).
Follow these step-by-step instructions to set up a Google Alert
 
Step 1: Open your browser and go to https://www.google.com/alerts.
 
Google Alert homepage
 
 
Step 2: Click the blue Sign In button on the top right. Choose the account you wish to log in with, enter your password and click Sign In
 
If you do not have a Google account, follow the steps on our guide How to create a Gmail account
 
Step 3: In the box that says 'Create an alert about...' start to type the first topics and searche you wish to stay up to date with. 
 
Google Alert search box\
 
Tip: Try to be as specific as possible, the more broad a topic, the more alerts you will receive that may not be of interest. For example, a Google Alert for 'new restaurant Norwich' will be more useful than 'new restaurants'. 
 
 
Creating a Google Alert
 
Step 4: To decide how often you would like to receive alerts on this topic, click Show options
 
Showing Google Alert options
 
 
Step 5: When you are happy with the frequency, language and other options, click CREATE ALERT
 
Step 6: Repeat the process if you would like to set up more alerts. 
 
Step 7: If you would like to stop or edit any of your alerts at any time, return to https://www.google.com/alerts where you will see your alerts listed and can edit (by clicking the little pen icon) or remove them (by clicking the rubbish bin icon) next to the alert. 
 
List of Google Alerts