How to Send an SMS Text From GMail

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Send an SMS text message from the convenience of your Gmail account using Google Talk, an instant messaging application. This feature is built directly into Gmail; however, it is experimental and must be enabled from the Google Labs section of your Gmail settings. Once Google Talk is enabled, you can send text messages to contacts in your address book or to standalone phone numbers in just a few moments.

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  1. 1

    Log in to your Gmail account.

  2. 2

    Click the "Settings" button and then click "Labs."

  3. 3

    Enable "SMS in Chat" and click "Save Changes" at the bottom to reload Gmail with the new functionality.

  4. 4

    Send a text message to an individual in your address book by hovering over the contact's name in the Google Talk widget (on the Gmail sidebar). Click "More" and then "Send SMS." If no phone number is stored for that contact, Gmail will prompt you to enter one.

  5. 5

    Send a text message to a standalone phone number by entering the number into the search box at the top of the Google Talk widget and then selecting "Send SMS."

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