Sending Free Text Messages with Google Voice

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Send Free Text Messages using Google Voice

Google Voice
Google Voice allows you to send SMS messages for free on your desktop or mobile device. Google

Want to learn how to send free text messages with Google Voice? Our handy guide will have you sending free text messages to friends and family in no time!

To get started, you must sign up for Google Voice. Google Voice is a free service which offers a variety of features to help you stay connected. Some of the services offered include:

  • The ability to set up a new phone number
  • Call forwarding for all of your phone numbers
  • Voice mail transcription and storage
  • Sending 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.

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Sign up for Google Voice

Google Voice
To use free SMS messaging, you need to first sign up for Google Voice. Google

Visit Google Voice to sign up for your free account. You must have a Google account to sign up for Google Voice. To sign up for a new Google Account, visit this page. You will also need to have a US phone number.

Sign up for Google Voice

  • You'll be prompted to login 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. You can find it here for iOS devices, and here for Android devices. 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.

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Send an SMS Message Using Google Voice

Google Voice
It's easy to send free SMS messages using Google Voice. Google

To send your first message via desktop:

  • Visit voice.google.com
  • Click the "Text" button on the left side
  • Enter the phone number that you want to text
  • Enter your message
  • Click "Send"
  • Your message has been sent!

To send your first message via mobile device:

  • Open the Google Voice app
  • Tap the "Dialer" icon
  • Tap "Text"
  • Enter 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 provided
  • Tap the "arrow" icon to the right of the message to send it
  • Note: 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.

Updated by Christina Michelle Bailey, 7/31/16