How to set up an email server for MT4

For most traders, the convenience of getting alerts directly from their MT4 trading terminal straight to their inbox form a part of the overall trading system set up. In fact we also have quite a few forex indicators and expert advisors that now have the capability to send email alerts whenever a price level is reached, or when a trade is opened or closed.

At the very heart of such a system, traders need to have an email server configured in their MT4 trading terminal. In this article, I will show you how to set up an email server for free and to get email alerts to your inbox, blackberry or iPhone.

How does MT4 Email Alerts work

The MT4 email alerts, is a handy built in feature with the MetaTrader terminal. By configuring this, you will be able to receive emails. This is done via what is known as SMTP, an email protocol that makes use of the server in order to send emails. Most free email providers, especially Google can be used to set up the email alerts, but there are some problems associated with setting up a gmail SMTP alert.

Free Email Service with SMTP

There are some well known, reputable free webmail providers such as GMX and Inbox.com that allow users to make use of SMTP. Besides this, the above providers offer a decent email storage space of around 2GB – 5GB. You can click on the links above to create a free email account.

Once you have your email address ready, you can then head over to your MetaTrader client to configure the email address. Refer to the screenshots below for a visual representation.

Step 1

In your MT4 trading platform, click on ‘Tools>Options’ from the menu bar and click on the ‘Email’ tab from the window that pops out. Here, you can enter your email SMTP details. In order to do this, first click on ‘Enable’ and then enter the SMTP details.

MT4 Email Configuration

Configuring email options from MT4 trading Terminal

If you are using Inbox.com, then your SMTP details would be as follows:

SMTP Server: my.inbox.com

SMTP Login: your-email@inbox.com

SMTP Password: your email address password

From: Name, your-email@inbox.com (ex: MT4, your-email@inbox.com)

To: Name, your-email-address (ex: John Smith, johnsmith@gmail.com)

If you are using GMX.net, then your SMTP details would be as follows:

SMTP Server: mail.gmx.com

SMTP Login: your-email@gmx.de

SMTP Password: your email address password

From: Name, your-email@gmx.de (ex: MT4, your-email@gmx.de)

To: Name, your-email-address (ex: John Smith, johnsmith@gmail.com)

MT4 Email - Configuration

MT4 Email – Configuration

Once you fill in the above details, you can click ‘Ok’ and save the settings. You can test your settings, by clicking on ‘Test’. To check if your email settings are correct, (besides getting an email) you can check on the ‘Journals’ tab on your MT4. If all works, you should see a message Mail: ‘Test message’ has been sent. Give a few minutes to receive the email in your inbox.

MT4 Email Settings - Confirmation

MT4 Email Settings – Confirmation

You now have your very own automated email alert system set up in MT4. The above steps are quite simple and easy and should not take you more than a few minutes to set it all up. Note that you will receive emails only when your MT4 terminal is running. You can click here to purchase a Forex VPS package that I personally use to host your MT4 24 hours a day. If you feel the above is complicated, you can either comment below with any questions or read this article on alternative ways to receive forex alerts.

2 comments on “How to set up an email server for MT4

  1. Hi, I’ve registered with inbox.com. followed your steps outlined above but alert email is not working. I’m getting the error in mt4 “mail: error connecting to my.inbox.com”

    thank you

    • Hi SK, have you enabled SMTP in your Inbox.com settings? If yes, then make sure that the email address you want to get the alerts to is properly formatted. ex: Your Name, yourname@gmail.com

      Also too many emails from SMTP Inbox temporarily blocks the access. So check and ensure that you do not send too many emails all at once.

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