How To Set Up Tradingview Indicator Alerts

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Creating alerts on Tradingview is really easy. From your chart, click the clock icon on the right side toolbar, then click the plus icon to create a new alert. From there you can set your alert conditions based on the price of that ticker or based on an indicator’s preconfigured alert parameters or strategy alerts for automated trading. Choose your source and conditions, then set your trigger frequency, hit create and you’re done.

There are a lot more nuances that we will get in to below, but that is the quick and easy version. Keep reading for more in depth information on the alert settings and how to set them up in various ways on computer or mobile app. Want to add a message to your alerts? That’s covered below as well. If you are new to Tradingview, check out this article to learn how to add, remove and hide indicators from your chart.

Types Of Alerts You Can Use

There are three main types of alerts you can use on Tradingview that will change the settings you can use and how to set them up. The first are preconfigured Indicator alerts, the second are price action alerts and the third are strategy alerts. Let’s look at the differences between them.

Price Alerts

Price alerts are manually set by the user in one of three ways. The first is using the clock icon and setting it up from there. You can also right click on the chart and add an alert from the menu. Lastly, you can click the plus icon on the right side of your chart crosshairs for a selection of alerts you can use.

These price action alerts can be used for various things such as price crossing a certain price or price crossing a trend line or price moving up/down and a few other options. These are very useful when wanting to be notified when the market has reached an area of interest to you without having to constantly check the charts.

Indicator Alerts

Indicator alerts are preconfigured alert conditions that have already been programmed into the indicator and made available to the user by simply selecting from a set of choices. These can be for anything the indicator developer thinks would be useful to the user such as a stop loss or take profit level getting hit, a buy or sell signal being given, a stock breaking out or anything else that seems useful. 

When using indicator alerts, you still have all of the normal alert functions and you can even use the indicator values in combination with the price action variables to set up custom alerts. But the normal usage of indicator alerts is to use the preconfigured alert conditions set by the indicator itself. These can be accessed easily using the dropdown menu just below where you select the Tradingview indicator of choice. From there you can choose whatever preconfigured alert you would like and then set your frequency and you’re good to go.

Strategy Alerts

Strategy alerts are for when you are using a strategy to send alerts to a third party for automated trading. You have 3 options when setting up strategy alerts: order fills and alert() function calls, order fills only and alert() function calls only. Since you can program in custom alert() function calls, these can be used for any reason such as conditions have been met to allow the bot to take trades or anything else you would like. If you do not want to use those custom alerts, then just set your alerts to order fills only. This will keep it to only send alerts when your strategy has opened, updated or closed an order. 

For strategy alerts, you will need to set the message field to include your instruction for the bot connection. When using something like 3Commas bots, you will need to use the webhook notification setting and include your order parameters inside the message field. If using the webhook notification, you will need to add your webhook url in that field for it to work properly.

How To Set Up Tradingview Alerts On The Mobile App

On the Tradingview mobile app, there are three ways to set alerts. The first is touching the chart for a second or so to get crosshairs(don’t touch an indicator plot). Once the crosshairs appear, click the plus icon on the right side next to the price scale. From there, a menu will pop up with options to add an alert for when that ticker crosses that price level or options to create a default alert on one of the indicators on your chart. I recommend not setting alerts with the indicators from there because you will need to adjust your settings anyways from the main menu. Instead just use this alert method for when the market crosses a certain price on the chart.

The second way to set alerts from the mobile app is to click the 3 dots in the bottom right corner. Then click on alert management and you will see a list of all of your alerts. If you want to edit an alert, you can do it from this menu or you can click the clock with a plus icon in the bottom right corner to set up a new alert. Choose your conditions, trigger frequency and notification style and you’re all done.

The third way to set alerts on the mobile app is for when you want to set an indicator alert. Tap the name of the indicator and then click the 3 dots on the right. From there, select add alert for whatever indicator you are using. Set the rest of your settings for that alert on the popup and you’re all set!

How To Set Up Tradingview Alerts On Desktop

From the desktop app or the Tradingview browser charts, you can set alerts by using one of the following 34 methods: clicking the clock icon in the right side toolbar, right clicking on your chart, clicking the 3 dots on the indicator label or hitting the plus icon on the right side of your crosshairs.

When using the clock icon on the right side toolbar, click the clock, then click the plus icon to create a new alert. Then select your alert conditions, trigger frequency and notification setting, then click create and you’re done.

When using the right click method, right click your chart(not on an indicator plot) and clcik add alert on ***. That will open up the alert settings box and you can choose exactly how you want your alert to be configured.

When using the plus icon on the right side of your crosshairs, there will be price action as well as indicator alert options. This is the quick way of adding an alert when price crosses a certain number. You can also select an indicator to set an alert on, but it will select the first default alert for you. If you do that, make sure to go in to the alert settings from the sidebar menu and update your settings to match your preference.

When clicking the 3 dots on the indicator’s name label, you will see an option to add an alert for that indicator if it has alert conditions programmed into the source code. Once you click add alert, it will take you to the alert settings popup where you can configure all of your preferences and then click create to finish it.

Adding Messages To Alerts

At the bottom of the settings tab on your alert menu, there is an Alert Name and Message field. If used, the Alert Name will appear on the alert in your alert menu. This helps to identify specific alerts, so make it descriptive.

The message field will allow you to put whatever you would like to help yourself identify that alert when it comes through. The info in the message field will appear when your notification of the alert pops up, so use that section to describe your alert configuration so you know how to react when it fires. The message field is also used to send info to trading bot integrations as well.

Notification Choices

There are multiple different types of notifications that you can use when your alert triggers, so let’s take a deeper look at all of them. 

Notify in app – This is the default notification and will only notify you of your alert being fired on your mobile device.

Show pop-up – This will display a pop up notification on the web browser charts or on your desktop app when the alert triggers.

Send email – This setting sends an email alert to your Tradingview profile’s default email address to notify you that your alert has fired.

Webhook URL – This notification will send a POST request to the URL you enter when your alert triggers. This is useful for auto trading bots.

Play sound – This will play a sound on your computer when the alert is triggered so you are notified, but don’t have to deal with pop-ups or emails.

Send email-to-SMS – This uses an email address that you specify to send an alert to your mobile device as an SMS instead of an email. It sounds confusing, but basically you get an SMS notification that is sent the same way an email notification would be sent.

Editing And Updating Alerts

If you need to edit or update your alerts from their original parameters, you can do so by clicking the gear icon next to the alert from your alert management menu. Open up your alert settings and update any of the parameters you would like and then save it to confirm the changes will take affect. It is important to note that if you update an indicator to use a new source code that it was before and had an alert set, the old code will run and the alert will trigger based off of those original parameters, so make sure to update all of your alerts to use the new indicator version if you have done this. Also, if you reset your chart and the indicator values are different from how you set up your alerts, then your alerts will not fire at the same time as the new settings so make sure to update any alerts tied to your new chart/indicator settings.


There is an option within your alert settings menu that allows you to specify an expiration time and date of your alert. So if you only want to be notified of something up to a certain period, then make sure to set your expiration date and time and it will deactivate once that time has passed. However, if you don’t want your alert to deactivate any any point, then leave it to the default setting of open ended.

Tradingview Alerts Not Working?

If your Tradingview alerts aren’t working, then the first place to go is the alerts log and check to make sure your conditions have actually been met and firing the alerts. Your settings could be messed up and send a sound notification instead of a mobile app notification if you accidently set it to the wrong notification. Make sure to go through all of your settings of the alert and double check to ensure nothing is set incorrectly. If your settings are good but you are still not getting alerts to notify properly, change the alert condition to trigger when price crosses a price that is right next to the current price. This way your alert will fire quickly and you can test it over and over again to make sure your settings are correct. Then test each setting one by one until you figure out what the issue is.

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