Trigger a cloud flow based on email properties

Use the When a new email arrives (V3) trigger to create a cloud flow that runs when one or more of the following email properties match criteria that you provide.

Property When to use
Folder Trigger a cloud flow whenever emails arrive in a specific folder. This property can be useful if you have rules that route emails to different folders.
To Trigger a cloud flow based on the address to which an email was sent. This property can be useful if you receive email that was sent to different email addresses in the same inbox.
CC Trigger a cloud flow based on the CC address to which an email was sent. This property can be useful if you receive email that was sent to different email addresses in the same inbox.
From Trigger a cloud flow based on the sender's email address.
Importance Trigger a cloud flow based on the importance with which emails were sent. Emails can be sent with high, normal, or low importance.
Has Attachment Trigger a cloud flow based on the presence of attachments in incoming emails.
Subject Filter Search for the presence of specific words in the subject of an email. Your flow then runs actions that are based on the results of your search.

Important

Each Power Automate plan includes a run quota. Always check properties in the flow's trigger when possible. Doing so avoids using your run quota unnecessarily. If you check a property in a condition, each run counts against your plan's run quota, even if the filter condition that you defined isn't met.

For example, if you check an email's From address in a condition, each run counts against your plan's run quota, even if it's not from the address that interests you.

In the following tutorials, we check all properties in the when a new email arrives (V3) trigger. Learn more by visiting the frequently asked billing questions and the pricing page.

Prerequisites

  • An account with access to Power Automate.
  • An email account with Outlook for Microsoft 365 or Outlook.com.
  • The Power Automate mobile app for Android, iOS, or Windows Phone.
  • Connections to Office, Outlook, and the push notification service.

Trigger a cloud flow based on an email's subject

In this tutorial, we create a cloud flow that sends a push notification to your mobile phone if the subject of any new email has the word "lottery" in it. Your flow then marks any such email as read.

Note

Although this tutorial sends a push notification, you're free to use any other action that suits your workflow needs. For example, you might store the email contents in another repository such as Google Sheets or a Microsoft Excel workbook stored on Dropbox.

OK, let's get started.

  1. Sign in to Power Automate.

  2. On the left pane, select My flows.

  3. Select New flow > Automated cloud flow.

    Screenshot of Build an automated cloud flow.

  4. In the Flow name field, enter a name for your flow.

  5. In the Choose your flow's trigger field, enter new email.

  6. Select When a new email arrives (V3) from the list of triggers. This trigger runs each time an email arrives.

  7. Select Create.

    Screenshot of an email trigger.

  8. Select the folder that you'd like the flow to monitor for incoming emails, and then select Show advanced options.

    Screenshot of the folder property.

    Note

    To display all your email folders, select the Show Picker icon, which is located on the right side of the Folder box on the When a new email arrives (V3) card.

  1. In the Subject Filter box, enter the text that your flow uses to filter incoming emails.

    In this example, we're interested in any email that has the word "lottery" in the subject.

    Screenshot of advanced options.

Add a mobile notification action

  1. Select New step.

  2. Search for notification, and then select Send me a mobile notification from the list of actions.

    Screenshot of Send me a mobile notification.

  1. Enter the details for the mobile notification you want to receive when you receive an email that matches the Subject Filter you specified earlier.

    Screenshot that displays the details of a notification.

Add a read/unread action

  1. Select New step.

  2. Search for read, and then select Mark as read or unread (V3) from the list of actions.

    Screenshot of Mark as read or unread.

  3. In the Mark as read or unread card, add the MessageId token in the Message Id box.

    If the Message Id token isn't visible, search for it by entering Message Id in the search box.

    Screenshot of Message id.

  1. Select Save at the top of the page.

    Screenshot that displays the save flow option.

Congratulations! You now receive a push notification each time you receive an email that contains the word "lottery" in the subject.

Trigger a cloud flow based on an email's sender

In this tutorial, we create a cloud flow that sends a push notification to your mobile phone if any new email arrives from a specific sender (email address). The flow also marks any such email as Read.

  1. Sign in to Power Automate.

  2. On the left pane, select My flows.

  3. Select New flow > Automated cloud flow.

    Screenshot of Build an automated cloud flow.

  4. In the Flow name field, enter a name for your flow.

  5. In the Choose your flow's trigger field, enter new email.

  6. Select When a new email arrives (V3) from the list of triggers. This trigger runs each time an email arrives.

  7. Select Create.

    Screenshot of an email trigger.

  8. Select the folder that you'd like the flow to monitor for incoming emails, and then select Show advanced options.

    Screenshot of the folder property.

    Note

    To display all your email folders, select the Show Picker icon, which is located on the right side of the Folder box on the When a new email arrives (V3) card.

  1. In the From box, enter the email address of the sender.

    Your flow takes action on any emails that are sent from this address.

    Screenshot of email property.

Add a mobile notification action

  1. Select New step.

  2. Search for notification, and then select Send me a mobile notification from the list of actions.

    Screenshot of Send me a mobile notification.

  1. Enter the details for the mobile notification you'd like to receive whenever a message arrives from the email address that you entered earlier.

    Screenshot of mobile notification details.

Add a read/unread action

  1. Select New step.

  2. Search for read, and then select Mark as read or unread (V3) from the list of actions.

    Screenshot of Mark as read or unread.

  3. In the Mark as read or unread card, add the MessageId token in the Message Id box.

    If the Message Id token isn't visible, search for it by entering Message Id in the search box.

    Screenshot of Message id.

  1. Give your flow a name, and then save it by selecting Create flow at the top of the page.

    Screenshot of creating a flow.

Trigger a cloud flow when emails arrive in a specific folder

If you have rules that route emails to different folders based on certain properties, such as the address, you might want this type of flow.

Let's get started.

Note

If you don't already have a rule that routes email to a folder other than your inbox, create such a rule and confirm it works by sending a test email.

  1. Sign in to Power Automate.

  2. On the left pane, select My flows.

  3. Select New flow > Automated cloud flow.

    Screenshot of Build an automated cloud flow.

  4. Search for email, and then select Office 365 Outlook - When a new email arrives (V3) from the list of triggers. This trigger runs each time an email arrives.

    Search for email.

  1. Select the folder to which you're routing specific emails. To display all email folders, first select the Show Picker icon, which is located on the right side of the Folder box on the when a new email arrives (V3) card.

    Screenshot of selecting a folder.

Add a mobile notification action

  1. Select New step.

  2. Search for notification, and then select Send me a mobile notification from the list of actions.

    Screenshot of Send me a mobile notification.

  1. Enter the details for the mobile notification you'd like to receive when an email arrives in the folder you selected earlier. If you haven't already, enter the credentials for the notifications service.

    Screenshot of notification details.

Add a read/unread action

  1. Select New step.

  2. Search for read, and then select Mark as read or unread (V3) from the list of actions.

    Screenshot of Mark as read or unread.

  3. In the Mark as read or unread card, add the MessageId token in the Message Id box.

    If the Message Id token isn't visible, search for it by entering Message Id in the search box.

    Screenshot of Message id.

  1. Give your flow a name, and then save it by selecting Create flow at the top of the page.

    Screenshot showing the option to save the cloud flow.

Test the flow by sending an email that gets routed to the folder you selected earlier in this tutorial.