Email, Messaging, & Video Calls Texting & Messaging Sending Free Text Messages With Google Voice Send and receive SMS on your phone or computer by Brandon De Hoyos Writer Brandon de Hoyos is former freelance contributor to Lifewire and a self-described IM veteran who covers the latest in messaging trends and videography. our editorial process LinkedIn Brandon De Hoyos Updated on September 23, 2020 Texting & Messaging Email Texting & Messaging Video Calls Tweet Share Email Google Voice is a free service that offers a variety of features to help you stay connected. Use Google Voice to set up a new phone number and enable call forwarding for all your phone numbers. You can also send and receive free SMS messages on your phone or on your computer. Here's how to send and receive text messages. You can send text messages to U.S. and Canadian numbers using Google Voice. Send Free Text Messages Using Google Voice To get started, sign up for Google Voice. After you create an account, you can send SMS messages through a web browser or use the mobile app. While Google Voice is free, as is sending SMS messages from the service, cellular charges may apply if you use Google Voice on a mobile network. Connect to a Wi-Fi network before using Google Voice to avoid additional charges. Google Voice iOS App Google Voice Android App Go to voice.google.com. In the left pane, select the Messages tab. At the top, select Send new message. Enter a contact's name or phone number. Or, select someone from your contact list. You can add up to seven names or phone numbers to a group text message. Type your message and select Send. Select Image to add an image up to 2 MB in size.