Email, Messaging, & Video Calls Texting & Messaging Sending Free Text Messages With Google Voice 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 November 12, 2019 Texting & Messaging Email Texting & Messaging Video Calls Tweet Share Email Want to learn how to send free text messages with Google Voice? This handy guide will have you sending free text messages to friends and family in no time. 01 of 03 Send Free Text Messages Using Google Voice Google Voice allows you to send SMS messages for free on your desktop or mobile device. To get started, you must sign up for Google Voice. Google Voice is a free service that offers a variety of features to help you stay connected. Some of the services offered include: The ability to set up a new phone numberCall forwarding for all of your phone numbersVoicemail transcription and storageSending and receiving free SMS messages on your phone or on your computer This tutorial will focus on sending and receiving SMS messages. Please note that Google Voice is available in the United States only. 02 of 03 Sign up for Google Voice To use free SMS messaging, you need to first sign up for Google Voice. Visit Google Voice to sign up for your free account. You must have a Google account to sign up for Google Voice. You will also need to have a US phone number. How to Sign up for Google Voice You'll be prompted to log in to your Google account. Enter your Google email address and password.You'll then be asked to agree to Google's terms and conditions, and will have the opportunity to set up a free Google number (or use your existing mobile phone number to send and receive calls and messages), and will be given the option to forward calls to your new or existing phone number.Once your Google Voice account is activated, determine how you want to use the free SMS feature. You can use it online and/or via your mobile device. If you'd like to use Google free SMS messaging on-the-go, download and install the Google Voice app. When you install the app you'll be prompted to allow Google to access your contacts. Saying "yes" makes it easier to find friends and family to chat with using Google Voice. You can also change this setting later if you'd rather not give Google access to your contacts right now. 03 of 03 Send an SMS Message Using Google Voice It's easy to send free SMS messages using Google Voice. To send your first message via desktop: Visit voice.google.comClick the Text button on the left sideEnter the phone number that you want to textEnter your messageClick SendYour message has been sent! To send your first message via mobile device: Open the Google Voice appTap the Dialer iconTap TextEnter the name of the contact you'd like to text in the "To" field if you had given permission for your contacts to be accessed. Otherwise, enter the phone number that you'd like to text. Enter your message in the field providedTap the arrow icon to the right of the message to send it While Google Voice is free, as is sending SMS messages from the service, cellular charges may apply if you are using Google Voice on your mobile network. Connect to a wifi network before using Google Voice to avoid any additional charges.