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How to Send a Text Message From Gmail

Updated April 17, 2017

Send text messages right from your e-mail account. Whether you've misplaced your cell phone or simply find typing text messages on a keyboard much easier, Gmail's SMS feature is a nice feature to use. Follow these tips to activate text messaging in your Gmail account.

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  1. Sign in to your Gmail account. Once you've signed in, click the "Settings" heading located in the top right hand corner of the page.

  2. Click the tab labelled "Labs" in the "Settings" menu. Scroll down to the section titled ""Text Messaging (SMS) in Chat."

  3. Select the button labelled "Enable" and then scroll down to the bottom of the page. Click "Save Changes."

  4. Type the cell phone number of the text message recipient into a chat box in Gmail, and then click "Send SMS."

  5. Type in a contact name for the recipent, and then click "Save."

  6. Type your message into the chat window that appears and press the enter key on your keyboard to send the message.

  7. Warning

    The recipient of the text message may be charged by their carrier for every "Enter" that you hit on your keyboard.

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About the Author

Quinten Plummer began writing professionally in 2008. He has more than six years in the technology field including five years in retail electronics and a year in technical support. Plummer gained his experience in music by producing for various hip-hop acts and as lead guitarist for a band. He now works as a reporter for a daily newspaper.

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