How to Use Google SMS

Written by amanda morin
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Google SMS is a quick way to find information you might need when you're out and about. You can send a query via your mobile device and Google will return search results in text form. For example, if you're looking for the nearest fast-food chain restaurant in your zip code you can send the query "fast food [your zip code here]" and Google SMS will provide you with a list of nearby restaurants and their contact information.

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Things you need

  • Mobile device
  • Text messaging plan

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    Confirm that Google SMS will work with your mobile provider and that you have a text message plan. Google SMS works with most of the major nationwide providers, but only if you can send and receive texts. If you have service through a smaller, local company, you should contact your provider to be sure that SMS is supported.

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    Send your queries to code 466453. If you look at the numbers closely, you'll notice they spell the word "Google." Send the words "Help Settings" as a message to see how you can personalise your Google SMS. It will provide you with a list of commands that can be used to set various defaults.

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    Set your location by typing "Set Location [your zip code]." You can also see what the set location is or clear the saved location by sending "View Location" or "Clear Location."

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    Use standard commands to get directions, view maps or see what movies are playing in your area. Simply type the keywords "movies," "maps," or "directions" followed by your zip code or the address to which you wish to get directions and send it to Google SMS.

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    Check the weather by typing "Weather" or "w" and the name of the location for which you want the forecast.

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    Use Google SMS to check stocks, convert currency, translate words or make calculations. The keywords are "Stock [stock symbol]," "[currency] in [currency]", "translate [word] in [language]" and the standard calculation operators (+,-,*, / ).

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    Win bets and find answers to burning questions by performing a "Q & A." Simply type "q&a" and then the information you want to learn. For example to know when Donald Trump was born, you'd type "q&a donald trump birthday."

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    Find other more obscure search terms on Google SMS' sample query sheet. It can be found on their website (see Resources).

Tips and warnings

  • Google SMS is not case-sensitive so you don't have to worry about capitalisation conventions.
  • Though Google doesn't charge for the service, be aware that you'll still be accruing charges per the conditions of your mobile device's text plan.

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