How to Send a Text Message From Gmail

Send text messages right from your email account. Whether you've misplaced your cell phone or simply find typing text messages on a keyboard much easier, Gmail's SMS feature is a nice feature to use. Follow these tips to activate text messaging in your Gmail account.

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Sign in to your Gmail account. Once you've signed in, click the "Settings" heading located in the top right hand corner of the page.

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Click the tab labeled "Labs" in the "Settings" menu. Scroll down to the section titled ""Text Messaging (SMS) in Chat."

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Select the button labeled "Enable" and then scroll down to the bottom of the page. Click "Save Changes."

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Type the cell phone number of the text message recipient into a chat box in Gmail, and then click "Send SMS."

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Type in a contact name for the recipent, and then click "Save."

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Type your message into the chat window that appears and press the enter key on your keyboard to send the message.

Tips & Warnings

  • The recipient of the text message may be charged by their carrier for every "Enter" that you hit on your keyboard.