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Why can't I receive texts or emails for my Original SimpliSafe?


Does your Keypad look like the one pictured to the left? Then you're in the right place! You've got the Original SimpliSafe® system. If you purchased a new system in 2018 or later, you likely have the Gen 3 SimpliSafe®. Click here to view this article for the Gen 3 SimpliSafe® system. If you're not certain which system you have, you can tell the difference here.

SimpliSafe® offers text, email, and push notification alerts to our Fast Protect™ (formerly Interactive Monitoring) subscribers. This article troubleshoots not receiving SMS messages. If you are interested in push notifications for your smartphone, please see this article.


  1. Ensure you are subscribed to our Fast Protect™ Monitoring Plan.

  2. Check to ensure your system is working.

    • Do you see events showing up on your Timeline (i.e. “Test Signal Received”, etc..) on either your mobile app or the webapp

    • If not, please make sure your base station is receiving power, then put your system in test mode, and check your Timeline again.

    • If you don’t see an event about test mode, please contact our Support team to further troubleshoot

  3. Check to ensure your alerts are set up correctly. 

    • In the mobile app: Menu ≡ > Alerts & Notifications > tap the type of alert you're checking, Email or SMS.

    • Ensure the correct phone number or email address is listed, and that there is no red Verify button—if there is, click the Verify button and resend the the code. Then type that code into the confirmation box.

If you’re still not receiving alerts:

Some wireless carriers will by default disable your phone's ability to receive text messages sent by email. Verizon and AT&T users can enable email texts right on their online accounts. Other wireless providers require you to call in for customer support and request that you can receive SMS messages sent to your phone's SMS email address.

For Verizon:

  1. Go to Your Account's Spam Controls and log into your account when prompted.

  2. On the bottom of this screen there is a button labeled "Block all text messages sent from email" that you'll just need to deselect.

  3. That's it!

For AT&T:

  1. Go to Your Account's Messaging Controls and log into your account when prompted.

  2. You will then need to navigate to your spam control and ensure you have selected the ability to receive email text messages.

If you are still having trouble receiving SMS texts or emails, please contact our Support team - we’ll be happy to help!