Send an SMS (text message) from Gmail

SMS in Gmail

Need to send a message to someone but forgot your phone? Gmail offers a free way to send text messages to your contacts. Follow the steps below:

Turn on SMS messaging:

  • Go to Settings (the gear icon in the right corner of Gmail).
  • Go to the Labs tab.
  • Search for “SMS” and click Enable on the “SMS (text messaging) in Chat” Lab. Click Save Changes.

Send a message:

  • Sign into chat. Click on the “quote bubble” icon in the left corner of the page and then click “sign into chat”.
  • Enter your contact’s name in the “Search, chat, or SMS” box and select Send SMS from the options that appears to the right of your contact’s name.
  • If a phone number isn’t already listed, type one in, fill out your message and hit send.

Gmail gives everyone a credit of 50 free messages you can send. Although anytime someone responds back with a text to you, you will receive 5 more credits. Read more about credits here.

For more help, visit Google Support.