Send and receive text messages
Send a text message
You can send text messages that display your Google Voice phone number to the person you're messaging. To do so, follow these steps:
- Launch Google Voice for iPhone.
- Tap the Dialer tab.
- Enter the person's number, then tap the Text button.
- Compose your message, and tap the Send button.
You can also send text messages by selecting the person's number under "Quick Dial" or, tapping Text at the top right side of your Inbox. You can even respond to messages in your Inbox via text.
Text messages will be sent through your data plan, as opposed to your text messaging plan, so there won't be any text messaging charges for messages sent to numbers in the US or Canada.
Notifications about new text messages
Google Voice for iPhone uses push notifications to instantly alert you when you receive a new text message. You can manage your options by going to Apple's Settings > Notifications > Google Voice. There is no charge for text messages received in Google Voice for iPhone.
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