Send a free SMS to your friends from Gmail
Did you know that you can now send free text messages (SMS) to your friends directly from your Gmail account?
Try Gmail SMS today and start texting your friends from your computer.
|Log into your Gmail account. In theSend SMS box above Chat, enter the phone number you want to send a SMS to.||In the dialog box, enter Contact name of the SMS recipient and check that country and phone number are correct. Then, clickSave.||Type your message in the chat window and hit Enter.||Your message will be sent to the phone number you entered.|
If your contact replies, the text message response will appear as a reply in Chat. These conversations are stored in your Chat history just like regular chats. Learn more about Gmail SMS.
Note: Sending and receiving a message from Gmail to any phone is free. When replying with an SMS from phone to Gmail, you will be charged a regular SMS rate by your mobile provider. Gmail SMS is currently available for dtac and True Move subscribers.
You can send SMS messages to your contacts’ mobile phones using Gmail Chat. To do so from Gmail:
- Enter your contact’s name in the ‘Search or invite friends’ box in Chat, and select Send SMS from the box of options that appears to the right of your contact’s name. Or, if you already have a Chat window open for this contact, just click Options, and select Send SMS.
- In the dialog box, enter a phone number in the ‘Send SMS messages to this number’ field. This feature is only launched in selected countries. Click here for the list of supported countries and operators. If you are not located in one of these countries you can still use it, but you won't see the SMS option in Chat until you enable it manually in the Chat settings page.
- Click Save.
- A Chat window appears. Just type your message as you would normally. When you hit Enter, the message will be sent to the phone number you entered.
SMS charges: Google does not charge for using this service. However, mobile providers' standard charges will apply to any SMS messages sent from a mobile device to Google Chat. Please check your mobile provider's price plan for details.