How to receive ThinkorSwim alert notifications via phone


So I get this question a lot: how do I receive ThinkorSwim alerts via phone notification when my charting platform is not open?

To receive a push notification about an alert in ThinkorSwim, follow the instructions below:
  1. Download the ThinkorSwim mobile app from the AppStore or Google Play.
  2. Open the ThinkorSwim desktop platform and go to the Scan's page.
  3. Create a ThinkorSwim scanner with the condition of your choice.
  4. Select "Save as Watchlist"
  5. Select "Alert when scan results change..."
  6. Make sure the following option is enabled "Send push notifications to mobile devices."
ThinkorSwim scanner has a 3-5 min running interval. You'll be notified through your iPhone or Android device when a condition is met.

Now, let's get practical. Here is a walkthrough of the tutorial above.

Say I'm a busy person who can't have ThinkorSwim desktop app opened at work or that I'm always on the go and can't check on the market very often. But I don't want to miss out when the opportunity present itself.

I want to receive a push notification alert every time my Buy the Dip indicator gives a signal on the daily chart.

Step 1: Create a scanner for the indicator.

Here's the condition that will trigger the alert.


The thinkScript code for that would be:

BuyTheDip_Standard()."buythedip" crosses below BuyTheDip_Standard()."Zeroline"

Step 2: Select a watchlist for the scanner to scan in. I'm going to choose the S&P 500. If you have a custom watchlist, then you can pick that as well.


Step 3: Save your scanner as a watchlist and then select the following option: Alert when scan results change...



And that is it! From now on, an alert will be triggered right from my ThinkorSwim app via push notification whenever the Buy the Dip condition is met.

This method applies to almost every other indicator.

I hope that helps. Play around with it and let me know if you run into any issues.


In the ToS Studies and/or Strategies, we can create Alerts that will post to our Message Center.

We as a group need to Ask Support to include the Message Center as a Category in Setup - Notifications - Alert Triggered - Misc. - Message Center. So when our Studies or Strategies give us and Alert it will either Email and/or Text us our Alerts that post to our Message Center.

If All of us do this I'm sure we just mite get them to consider it. It at least can not hurt to try. I know I would love to be Texted when a Study or Strategy sends and Alert. Thanks All Craig


@StockT8er You can receive text messages for ThinkorSwim alerts only when the stock price crosses above or below a set level. It doesn't work for scan results. Still worth a feature request, though ;)


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Would it be hard to add audible and SMS alerts to studies. The one that gave me the idea was a simple one, PPS (person's pivot study.) I guess you could even make a snippet that could be tailored to other studies ( yes?? No???)

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From last couple of weeks the text alert is changed for TD scan alerts. It really annoying to have extra message which is difficult to read.

Anyone know how to remove the extra message from text alert. Does anyone facing below issue?

Current Message format:
"TDA: Alert: New symbol:/ ES was added to the BullScan5M
To stop market & thinkorswim alerts like this, reply Stop10. TO stop all, reply Stop."

Previous message format:
"New symbol:/ ES was added to the BullScan5M"


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@rad14733 Thank you for the info. Let me check that.
The issue was more related with the text alert so for workaround tried alerts through email which is more readable than confusing new text message alerts.

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