How to: get custom alerts with Hooks

Set up alerts for everything from sports results to the weather



Even though services such as Google Now offer alerts, they are generally quite limited. The Hooks – Alerts For Everything app offers alerts across more than 100 topics. They are extremely customisable as you can decide whether to be alerted through push notifications or sound alerts and how far ahead of the event you want to be told. Each category has its own range of settings, such as the weather alerts that you can alter depending on the intensity of expected rain. You can manage your alerts within the side menu, as well as selecting your favourites, such as release dates for a movies that you don’t want to miss. You can also share your alerts with your friends, possibly to hint at that film you really want to watch!


Download Hooks from the Play store and open it up. Your initial homescreen should be a blank white screen with a plus symbol inside a red circle. Tap on the icon to go to the alert screen from which point you can set up your first alerts.


The screen shows a of list popular alerts, such as new movies. Tap on the word Add to set up that alert. You can scroll through every app with the All tab and Suggested will later be filled up with alerts related to your list.


Scroll down the All list of alerts to find them grouped by category. This will be a handy place to visit if you want to set up numerous alerts on a similar topic. Alternatively, you can tap the magnifying glass in the top-right corner to search.


Tap on the alert that you have set up and it will provide a range of customisable options. Tap on the sliders to decide how you want your alert to arrive, whether as a push notification,  a bleep or both. Some alerts have more options.


Tap the bell icon in the top right-hand corner of the screen and you will be able to see your list of alerts. Tap on any one of them and to take you to that particular alert’s page where you can find more information and see previous alerts.


If any alert appears that you think a friend might be interested in, you can share it via any of the social media channels, such as Facebook, Gmail and Hangouts. This should help you organise events easily with friends that don’t have the app.