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Reply to the SMS or talk on Google Allo

If you got a Google Allo message through an SMS, you can reply directly to the text, or download Allo and chat with friends there (recommended).

With Allo, you can see images, use the Google Assistant to get info, and more.

Download & install Google Allo

To get Allo, tap the app link below.

When you receive an Allo message through SMS

You can chat directly through the text message, and see group chats and Google Assistant responses. You can't see images and use many other Allo features in the SMS messages unless you download the app.

Respond to a message without downloading Allo
The Allo user will be messaging you from the app, and your SMS responses will go to their app. (Carrier text-message rates may apply.)
  • Continue chatting with the Allo user: Reply to the SMS that has the chat message.
  • Stop receiving Allo messages by texts: Text "STOP."
See a deleted SMS
If you accidentally deleted your Allo SMS message, you can still view them by downloading the app:
Chat in groups

Allo group chats sent through SMS will only show who added you to the group and the messages in the conversation. But you won't see everyone in the group or other group settings.

To use the full features of a group chat, download the app:

View stickers, photos, and other media

Some media won't be available through SMS--including stickers, location sharing, photos, videos, & other attachments. To view the files, download the app:

Receive location info

Sharing locations doesn't work through SMS messages. To see the location someone shared with you, download the app:

See Google Assistant responses

Your friend messaging you on Allo might include the Google Assistant in a message. If you get the chat through SMS, you'll only see the Assistant's responses and won't be able to chat directly with the Assistant.

If you want to interact with the Google Assistant, download the app:

What you can do with Allo

If you get Allo, you can use its smart-messaging features:

  • Answer chats quickly: You can respond to messages without typing, by tapping a suggested automated response. Smart Replies are available in English, Hinglish, Indonesian, and Portuguese.
  • Chat with your Google Assistant: Ask it questions, or tell it to do things. The Google Assistant is available in English, German, Hindi, Japanese, and Portuguese.
  • Message others in private: Use private notifications to help keep your chats more discreet and send messages through end-to-end encryption in Incognito mode. Set messages to disappear after a period of time.
  • Adjust your font in messages: "Whisper" to your friend through tiny font or "SHOUT" to them in big letters.

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