We previously wrote an article on how to activate SMS alerts for SBI account so that you get an instant SMS alert when any transaction happens with your account. But that process requires a visit to your serving branch and giving a written request (we have no idea why people are requesting us to activate SMS alerts).
Now, we have learnt that you can register for SMS alerts from any State Bank group ATM itself. Visit any nearest State Bank ATM, insert your card, select ‘Mobile Registration’ and then select ‘SMS/Mobile registration’.
You will then be asked to enter your mobile number on which you want to receive these SMS alerts. Enter your mobile number and confirm.
If your request is successful, you’d get the same in the transaction slip, ‘Your request for registration has been accepted’.
We also learnt, unfortunately, that these SMS alerts are not ‘instant’ or ‘real time’ alerts but just an alert. First hand, we got some alerts delayed by as much as 8 hours after a transaction took place.
So, Instead of an receiving an SMS alert only when there is any transaction (and sometimes too late), you could instead choose the State Bank Mobile banking way and check your balance from time to time (for free) to be sure that your account is in good standing.
Update: On cross verification, I can confirm that this option wouldn’t work with these steps since anyone with access to your card can register their mobile number to get alerts to their number. So for this to work, you should have registered your mobile number with your bank first. If you have active mobile banking, you have already done this, so it should work for you.
Note: Posting your SMS alerts request here with account numbers will not fetch you any thing. It is also highly recommended NOT to post your account numbers in public places. We’ve hence, edited all A/C numbers below. If you have Net Banking facility, you can enable SMS alerts through Internet Banking and do some favour to yourself.