Sending Free Text Messages With Google Voice

Send and receive SMS on your phone or computer

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.

  1. Go to

  2. In the left pane, select the Messages tab.

    The Conversations tab in Google Voice
  3. At the top, select Send new message.

    The "Send New Message" button in Google Voice
  4. 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.

    Contact suggestions in Google Voice
  5. Type your message and select Send.

    Select Image to add an image up to 2 MB in size.

    The Send button in Google Voice