How to use price and volume alerts

Learn how to set and receive browser, SMS and email alerts when a market crosses certain price or volume thresholds.
You can view, create or customize price, volume and TA alerts on any market using the Alerts panel in the Utility Belt. The Alerts panel is opened by clicking the bell icon in the Utility Belt.

How to set an alert:

Method 1
  • Click Create Alert at the bottom of the Alerts panel OR
  • Click the + button at the top of the Alerts panel OR
  • Click any price level on the y-axis of the price chart (price alert) or click any volume level on the y-axis of the volume indicator (volume alert)
Method 2
  • Right-click at any price level on the chart or volume level in the volume indicator
  • Select "Create alert @ X" from the context menu
To clear your active alerts entirely, click the three-dot icon and then click Delete all button at the top of the Alerts panel.
Open the Alerts panel from the Utility Belt on the right side of every Cryptowatch page.
Clicking the Create Alert button at the bottom will convert the panel into an entry form:
Customize alerts by adjusting conditions, adding a note and additional notification method, and repeats.
Select a market, time interval for the chart, and select whether the alert is for price, volume, or analysis (technical analysis; TA)
Input the conditions required to trigger your alert. For volume alerts, you can also adjust the time period and choose between base and quote volume. SMA alerts require an interval, number of periods. and whether the cross is above or below the SMA.
Decide what type of alert is triggered when conditions are met.

Notification Settings:

You can receive alerts with sound, a browser pop-up, SMS message and/or email.
Tailor your alerts to your activity — if you're going to be at your desk for a while, you can choose to deselect SMS and email alerts. If you have to take a break, enable either or both to keep up with the market. If you absolutely can NOT miss the next move, why not fire up all four?
Each alert method has a corresponding icon in the alerts panel. This way you can quickly check exactly how Cryptowatch will get your attention when an alert triggers.
The alert features all four types: Email, SMS, browser and sound.

How to set default alert parameters

Default alert parameters save you time by letting you choose which options will apply to all future alerts. Any changes to your alert settings are saved automatically.
For example, you can define your default alert options so every alert sends an SMS trigger. To set default alert parameters, expand the Alerts panel from the utility bar and click the gear icon in the top-right of the panel:
Clicking the gear icon in the top-right of the alerts panel opens the default alerts options.

Default Market:

You can set any market among the supported markets on Cryptowatch as the default market so that you can quickly create an alert for the specific market on any non-market page in Cryptowatch (i.e. homepage or Portfolio.)

Default Condition Type

Sets the default alert type to price alerts
Sets the default alert type to volume alerts

Default Trigger Type

SMS and Email alert triggers each cost 1 Credit.
An in-browser alert is triggered. Includes option for alarm sound.
An alert is sent to your mobile device via SMS. The mobile number used is the same as the one entered in the Account page. Costs 1 Credit.
An alert is sent to your email. The email address used is the same as the one used to create your account. Costs 1 Credit.

Setting Alerts Directly on the Chart

Price Alerts

To set a price alert on the chart, click anywhere on the price chart's y-axis. You should see a triangle appear next to the price level. Alert triangles are yellow by default, but can be adjusted in the Theme panel in the top-right of any Cryptowatch page.
Hold Alt (Windows/Linux) orOption (Mac) to disable snapping to round numbers so you can place the alert at a precise price level. Alternatively, you can deselect the Snap to round numbers option in the settings window.
Use price alerts to see when a coin breaks a key psychological level (like $10,000 for Bitcoin) or a key horizontal support / resistance line.

Volume Alerts

Volume alerts behave like price alerts, but trigger at a determined volume level instead.
To set an alert for a volume level, just click on the y-axis of the volume section of the chart. Volume alerts depend on your chart's timeframe, so make sure the desired timeframe is set before you click to set the volume alert. For example, if you want to know when BTC/USD trades over 10K in a day on Kraken, make sure your timeframe is set to 1 day on the chart.
You can also designate an alert as a volume alert via the Alerts panel when you create a new alert or adjust an existing one.
Volume alerts are great for confirming trends and reversals.
A volume alert set at 12.90K

Adjusting Alerts

Alerts can be adjusted simply by clicking and dragging them on the y-axis of the price or volume chart.
Editing an alert by clicking and dragging. Hold ALT / OPTION to disable snapping.
For a more precise adjustment, open the Alerts panel in the Utility Bar. Clicking an existing alert will open the Alerts window, allowing you to edit the conditions, notes, and what type of alert is triggered:
Clicking an existing alert opens the editing window again. Click save to keep your changes.
Price and volume alerts set via the y-axis can also be adjusted in the Alerts panel.

Receiving Crypto Alerts on Desktop, by SMS, and Email

When the price or volume crosses an alert you set, your browser will make a sound and a browser alert will fire even when you're viewing a different market.
Browser alert from Cryptowatch in Google Chrome
You must have credits in your account to enable SMS text message alerts. Check Cryptowatch's Pricing page to learn more.
With SMS enabled, alerts trigger a text to your mobile device and an iMessage browser alert.

Setting Alerts in bulk via the Command Line Interface

Use the Command Line Interface (CLI) panel in the Utility Belt to enter alerts in bulk.
Here’s how to create an alert on the Kraken BTC/USD market for when the price crosses 50,000, 60,000, and 100,000 with just one command:
alert kraken btcusd price >50000 >60000 >100000
You can get help with any command when using the CLI. To do so, simply type a command name. It will provide you details of the command's usages, tags and examples for your reference.
Try typing alert to learn more about setting price and volume alerts with the command line.
You can also send the help command to get a list of other recognized actions.
Setting three alerts at once via the CLI panel.