Send a text message from Gmail for free (SMS & MMS)

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Not many people know they can send a text message from their Gmail account via a computer or any device. This is an excellent feature if you need to send an important message to a friend or work colleague but don’t have a cell phone with you. Another reason maybe you don’t want to be seen chatting on your phone during work hours, you can conveniently message anyone’s cell phone without touching your smartphone by sending them a text through your Gmail.

The email will show up on the recipient’s phone as a text message, while you as the sender can also reply to text messages through your Gmail (which will appear in your inbox).

Message limit: Text messages are limited to 160 characters due to the design of the text from Gmail gateway protocol, so consider the character limit when typing your message. Longer messages will be broken into multiple texts. You may optionally enter a subject, which is also included in the 160 characters.

Send a text from Gmail to a T-Mobile cell phone

Step 1

Launch your Gmail client and log in with your email and password.

Step 2

Enter the recipient’s T-Mobile phone number (including the area code) into the “To” field of your email heading without dashes or spaces.

Step 3

Type “@tmomail.net” immediately after the mobile number for both SMS and MMS. For example, if the phone number is (123) 456-7891, the email address would be “1234567891@tmomail.net”.

Step 4

Click on “Compose” and draft the message you wish to send.

Step 5

Click the “Send” button to complete the process and send the message through the T-Mobile network. The recipient of the phone number will receive your email in the form of a text message.

Send a text from Gmail to a Verizon Wireless cell phone

Step 1

Launch your Gmail client and log in with your email and password.

Step 2

Enter the recipient’s Verizon Wireless phone number (including the area code) into the “To” field of your email heading without dashes or spaces.

Step 3

Type “@vtext.com” immediately after the mobile number. For example, if the phone number is (123) 456-7891, the email address would be “1234567891@vtext.com”. For MMS, type “@vzwpix.com” after the phone number.

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Step 4

Click on “Compose” and draft the message you wish to send.

Step 5

Click the “Send” button to complete the process and send the message through the Verizon Wireless network. The recipient of the phone number will receive your email in the form of a text.

Send a text from Gmail to an AT&T cell phone

Step 1

Launch your Gmail client and log in with your email and password.

Step 2

Enter the recipient’s AT&T phone number (including the area code) into the “To” field of your email heading without dashes or spaces.

Step 3

Type “@txt.att.net” immediately after the mobile number. For example, if the phone number is (123) 456-7891, the email address would be “1234567891@txt.att.net”. For MMS, type “@mms.att.net” after the phone number.

Step 4

Click on “Compose” and draft the message you wish to send.

Step 5

Click the “Send” button to complete the process and send the message through the AT&T network. The recipient of the phone number will receive your email in the form of a text message.

If you live outside the United States, you just need to find out the “@” SMS gateway addresses for your cell phone network provider and add the recipient phone number before the “@.” Click “Send” after composing your message.

Send text from Gmail to Sprint, Cricket, Boost Mobile and more cell phones

Below are more carriers with their SMS/MMS gateway templates and email formats depending on the recipient’s phone provider. Simply add the recipient phone number before the “@” and tap or click “Send” after composing your message.

Sprint – SMS: @messaging.sprintpcs.com; MMS: @pm.sprint.com

Cricket – @sms.mycricket.com, @mms.mycricket.com

US Cellular – SMS: @email.uscc.net, MMS: @mms.uscc.net

Boost Mobile – SMS: @sms.myboostmobile.com, MMS: @myboostmobile.com

Xfinity Mobile – SMS: @vtext.com, MMS: @mypixmessages.com

Straight Talk – SMS: @vtext.com, MMS: @mypixmessages.com

Virgin Mobile – SMS: number@vmobl.com, MMS: @vmpix.com

Republic Wireless – @text.republicwireless.com

Alltel – @message.alltel.com

Metro PCS – @mymetropcs.com (SMS & MMS)

Nextel – @messaging.nextel.com

VoiceStream – @voicestream.net

SunCom – @tms.suncom.com

C-Spire – @cspire1.com

Consumer Cellular – @mailmymobile.net

Google Project Fi– @msg.fi.google.com (SMS & MMS)

Mint Mobile – @mailmymobile.net

Page Plus – SMS: @vtext.com, MMS: @mypixmessages.com

Simple Mobile – @smtext.com

Ting – SMS for CDMA: @message.ting.com, SMS for GSM: @tmomail.net

Tracfone – @mmst5.tracfone.com(MMS)

Red Pocket – uses AT&T or T-Mobile (for GSM SIMs) & Verizon for CDMA

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