Create a flow from your phone by using Microsoft Flow

Create a flow from your phone by using a template, which you can find by searching through a list of services, browsing categories, or specifying keywords. Follow the steps in this topic to create a flow that sends a push notification to your phone when you get mail from your manager.

If you're unfamiliar with Microsoft Flow, get an overview.

Prerequisites

  • An account for Microsoft Flow.
  • The Microsoft Flow mobile app for Android, iOS, or Windows Phone on a supported device. The graphics in this topic reflect the iPhone version of the app, but the interface on an Android device or Windows Phone is similar.
  • To use the template demonstrated in this topic, you'll also need:

    • Office 365 credentials.
    • Push notifications enabled on your phone.

Find a template

  1. Open the mobile app, and then tap Browse at the bottom of the screen.

    Browse icon

    You can find a template in any of these ways:

    • Specify a keyword in the search box at the top of the screen.
    • Tap an option in the list of services.
    • Scroll down to show a variety of categories, and then tap a template in any category.

      Browse tab

      For this tutorial, you'll open the template that sends a push notification when you get mail from your manager.

  2. In the list of services, tap See all.

    Show list of services

  3. Tap the icon for Push notification.

    Push notifications

  4. In the search bar, type email, and then tap the template to send a push notification when you receive a message from your manager.

    Choose template

  5. In the screen that gives details about the template that you've selected, tap Use this template.

    Confirm template

Finish the flow

  1. If prompted, tap Sign in, and provide your credentials for Office 365 Outlook, Office 365 Users, or both.

    Sign in to Office 365

    You can use the same connections when you create other flows.

  2. In the upper-right corner, tap Next.

    Tap Next

    The next screen shows the trigger event and all of the resulting actions.

    Trigger event and actions

    For this template, new mail triggers the flow, which retrieves your information (including your manager's address) and sends you a push notification when you get mail from that address. Some templates require some customization to work properly, but this template doesn't.

  3. (optional) Near the top of the screen, type a different name for the flow.

    Rename flow

  4. In the upper-right corner, tap Create.

    Create flow

    Your flow is created and will check for mail from your manager until you pause or delete the flow.

Next steps