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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.

How to set an alert

You can view, create or customize price and volume alerts on any market using the Alerts panel in the Utility Belt. The Alerts panel is opened using the 2nd button from the top of the Utility Belt.

To create a new alert from the Alerts panel, click the Create Alert button at the bottom or the + button at the top of the panel. To clear your alerts entirely, click the Delete all button at the top.

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 with a condition type, trigger value (ie. a price), and the type of triggers.




Select whether the alert is for price, volume, or TA (technical analysis)


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.

You can receive alerts with sound, via 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 middle alert features all four types: browser, sound, email and SMS.

How to set default alert parameters

Cryptowatch includes the option to set default markets, alert type and trigger types for your alerts. Default alert parameters save you time by letting you choose the options you want to remain persistent each time you set an alert. 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 Alert Type



Sets the default alert type to price alerts


Sets the default alert type to volume alerts

TA (Technical Analysis)

Sets the default alert type to TA alerts, such as SMA and EMA alerts.

The trigger type can be changed from default browser alerts (free) to the SMS or Email add-on alert triggers. SMS and Email alert triggers each cost 1 Credit.

Any changes to your alert settings are saved automatically.

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 like the image below. 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. Right-clicking an alert on the y-axis of the price or volume charts will delete it.

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, value, 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 the Alerts panel in the upper right will expand. Browser alerts will fire even when you're viewing a different market. You will also receive a browser notification if you enabled them for Chrome, Firefox, and Safari support these notifications.

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 BTCUSD market for when the price crosses 8,000, 9,000, and 10,000 with just one command:

alert kraken btcusd price >8000 >9000 >10000

As with any CLI command, you can get help by using the -h flag after another command. Try typing alert -h 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.

Entering two alerts at once via the CLI panel