Can I send text messages from Google Voice?

What is Google Voice?

Google Voice is a free calling and messaging app created by Google. It lets you get a free phone number that can be used for calling, texting, and voicemail. Google Voice works on both mobile and computers.

With Google Voice, you can make free calls within the U.S. and Canada. It also provides features like voicemail transcriptions, call screening, call blocking, and more. Everything is managed through the Google Voice website or mobile app.

According to the Google Voice website, it’s designed to be “a smarter phone number.” The service aims to centralize all your communication channels – calls, texts, voicemail – into one app.

Overall, Google Voice gives you the power to separate your personal and work calls, screen robo calls, and enjoy ad-free voicemail transcripts. The service is free for domestic calls, texts, and voicemails.

Sending texts with Google Voice

One of the core features of Google Voice is the ability to send free SMS text messages within the United States. With Google Voice, you can send texts using the Google Voice app on both Android and iOS devices as well as from the Google Voice website when accessing it on a computer.

Text messaging with Google Voice utilizes your Google Voice number rather than your regular cellular number. When composing a new text, you simply enter the recipient’s phone number and type out your message. The text will then be sent from your Google Voice number.

Google Voice offers unlimited free texts to any number in the US. There are no monthly limits on how many text messages you can send domestically. The service can be extremely useful for separating your personal and work communications or maintaining a consistent number when switching between devices.

Overall, Google Voice removes the barriers around texting by letting you send SMS messages on any internet-connected device. You don’t have to rely solely on your phone plan’s messaging limits. With Google Voice, you can text freely in the US from multiple sources.

Setting up text messaging

To start sending and receiving texts with Google Voice, you first need to set up text messaging in your Google Voice account. The main steps are:

  1. Add your phone number to verify your account – When you sign up for Google Voice, you’ll be prompted to verify your account by entering a phone number you own. This links your Google Voice number to your real phone number. According to Google’s setup guide, this verification process helps prevent spam and abuse.
  2. Confirm your Google Voice number – After verification, you can select your free Google Voice phone number. Make sure to confirm this number, as it’s the number you’ll use to send and receive texts.

Once text messaging is enabled, you’ll be ready to start composing and sending texts as outlined in the next section.

Composing and sending texts

To compose and send a text message using Google Voice, you’ll first need to open the Google Voice app or website. Once open, click on the “Messages” icon to start a new message thread. You can then enter the 10-digit phone number of the recipient in the “To” field.

In the message composition box, type out your desired text message. You can include emoji, images, voice messages and other rich media, just like in other messaging apps. According to Google’s support site, there is no character limit for messages sent through Google Voice.

When your message is ready, click the send button. On Android, this is the arrow icon to the right of the composition box. On iOS, tap the blue send button above the keyboard. On the website, click the paper airplane icon. This will transmit the text message through your Google Voice number.

You can view status updates as the message is sent, delivered, read, etc. You’ll also be able to continue the messaging thread by replying directly in the app or site. Overall, composing and sending Google Voice texts works very similarly to other messaging apps and services.

Replying to incoming texts

Replying to texts received on your Google Voice number is simple and free. When you get a new text message, it will show up in the conversations tab of the Google Voice app or website. You can then directly reply to that message right within the app or site – no need to copy and paste the number somewhere else.

Replies sent from your Google Voice number back to the incoming number are also free. Google Voice gives you unlimited free texts to U.S. and Canadian numbers, so you don’t have to worry about being charged for responding. This makes it easy to have natural conversations over text without racking up SMS fees.

The Google Voice app for iOS and Android allows quick replies from notifications or the conversations screen. On the website, you can type a response right in the conversation thread and hit send.

Overall, Google Voice removes the friction from text conversations by letting you seamlessly receive and reply to messages from one place using your Google Voice number.

Group messaging

Google Voice allows users to send group text messages to multiple recipients at once. This is known as group MMS messaging. To start a group MMS conversation in Google Voice:

1. Open the Google Voice app or website and select “New conversation”.

2. Enter the phone numbers or Google contacts you want to message into the recipient field. You can add up to 10 total recipients.

3. Type your message and hit send. The message will be delivered in a group chat to all recipients.

Everyone included in the group MMS will be able to reply, with all responses visible to the entire group. You can name the group conversation by tapping the subject line at the top of the message window.

Note that while Google Voice officially supports adding up to 10 people in a group message, some users have reported issues creating large groups and have found the max to be around 8 recipients [1]. The group messaging limitations may vary depending on your device.

Texting internationally

Google Voice allows users to send free text messages to phone numbers in the United States and Canada. This is one of the major benefits of using Google Voice for texting, as there are no extra fees or charges for messaging domestic numbers.

However, according to an official Google support thread, texting international numbers outside of the US and Canada will incur additional fees and rates. The Google Voice website states that SMS text messaging rates apply when messaging other countries. This means users cannot freely text international numbers on Google Voice like they can for numbers within the US and Canada.

According to this Google support thread, “Receiving calls and texts from anywhere in the world is free no matter where you are. Calling and texting to US and Canadian numbers is free no matter where you are.” However, texting international numbers incurs standard SMS rates.

So in summary, Google Voice provides free unlimited texts to the US and Canada, but charges rates for sending messages to other international countries. Users should be aware of these potential fees if texting phone numbers outside of the US and Canada.

Blocking texts and callers

Google Voice allows you to block texts from specific phone numbers. To block a number on Android, open a text from that contact, tap More options > More > Block number (Source: Google Support). On iPhone, tap the info icon next to the contact name, then Block this Caller.

Blocked contacts will no longer be able to send you texts or leave voicemails. Their texts will not be delivered or shown in your inbox (Source: Small Business Chron). You can view your blocked contacts under Settings > Blocked numbers.

If you receive spam texts, you can report the sender by forwarding the text to 7726 (SPAM). This helps Google identify and block spammers (Source: Reddit).

Using Google Voice on the go

Google Voice offers native mobile apps for both iOS and Android so you can send and receive texts from your Google Voice number on your smartphone. The Google Voice apps allow you to make calls, send texts, listen to voicemail, and manage your Google Voice account.

The mobile apps sync seamlessly with the web interface so your messages and call history stay up to date across all your devices. The apps also include useful features like Do Not Disturb mode, call screening, and voicemail transcription.

In addition to the native apps, the Google Voice website is optimized for mobile browsers so you can access the full functionality from any smartphone or tablet. The mobile site allows you to make calls, send texts, check voicemail, and manage contacts and settings while on the go through your mobile browser.

So whether you prefer apps or mobile web, Google Voice provides flexible options to use the service from your smartphone or tablet from anywhere.


Google Voice provides a free and convenient way to send and receive text messages directly from your Google account.

With Google Voice, you can compose SMS texts from your computer or smartphone and have conversations across devices. Key features include group messaging, sending texts internationally, and blocking unwanted texts.

While Google Voice has limitations, such as only being available in the US and lacking MMS support, it remains a useful option for SMS texting integrated with your Google services. The app versions allow smooth cross-device usage.

Overall, Google Voice is a handy tool for free texting if you don’t require advanced messaging capabilities. It enables seamless texting capabilities alongside your Gmail, freeing you from your cellular number.

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