Trigger - SMS Received

The trigger SMS Received is executed when an SMS is received depending on the criteria defined in the options.


  • Play a special alert when an SMS containing the keyword Alert!
  • Send an SMS containing your location back to the SMS sender when the SMS contains Where are you?
  • Read the received SMS aloud.
  • Delete a password file on the SD card when the SMS contains house search!
  • Play a repeating sound and vibrate when an SMS contains device lost!
Tip: Use a keyword or password that will not be part of a regular SMS to avoid unpleasant surprises.
SMS Sender List
The list of callnumbers when the flow should be executed. Multiple numbers can be separated by comma.
Glob patterns (*, ?) can be used to filter on similar numbers like corporate number ranges:

  • +17001111111
  • +17001111111,+17002222222
  • *70033311*
  • *70033311*,*70033?22*
Special characters like +, - and . are removed before comparing the number.

Warning: The formatting of the incoming number depends on the operator in use.
You have to check the log file to see the exact formatting used or you can add an action Notification on Screen with text {sms_sender} to see the actual number.
Contains Text
Only executes the flow when the text of the SMS contains the given text (no wildcards supported). The text is not case sensitive.
Prevent other apps from receiving the SMS
Prevents the regular SMS application from receiving the SMS.

Warning: Only check this option when you are sure that Contains Text does not match regular SMS by accident.
Warning: This feature is not supported on Android 4.4+.
A variable is a container for a value that can be used in many actions and conditions to dynamically define a part of a text.
See action Script for a description.

Supplied Variables
the time the trigger executed
the text of the SMS
the sender of the SMS
the name of the contact if available
the company of the contact if available
the title of the contact if available
the note of the contact if available
the nickname of the contact if available
an email address of the contact if available
the list of groups of the contact if available