Send and receive text messages

For Voice for G Suite accounts managed by your work or school, text messaging is available only in the U.S.

You can send text messages free of charge to US and Canadian numbers using your Google Voice number. Texts sent using Voice will use Wi-Fi, or mobile data from your mobile phone service plan if you're not connected to Wi-Fi. If you're outside the US and are not using Wi-Fi, your mobile phone company might charge you extra roaming fees to send a text.

Send a text message

You can use the Google Voice website to send text messages to one or more phone numbers.

If you send a text of more than 160 characters to a non-Google Voice number, it'll be sent as multiple messages.

Note: You can't send texts to five- or six-digit 'short code' numbers.

  1. On your computer, go to voice.google.com.
  2. Open the tab for Messages Messages tab.
  3. At the top, click Send a message.
  4. Enter a contact’s name or phone number.
    • To create a group text message, add up to seven names or phone numbers. Group messages can have up to eight participants, including the person who sends the message.
  5. At the bottom, enter your message and then click Send Send.

To include an image with your message, click Select image Choose image. If your image is bigger than 2 MB, it'll be sent as a smaller file. But GIFs over 2 MB won't be sent.

Why can't I send text messages?
If you send numerous text messages in a short period of time, or recipients mark your messages as spam, Voice may temporarily restrict you from sending more messages. Voice prohibits unsolicited commercial messaging and other invasive use.
Can't text without a Google Voice number
If you don't have a Google Voice number, Voice doesn't support text messaging. You can upgrade your Google Voice account free of charge.
Can't text from recently ported numbers
If you've recently paid to move your Voice number, your texts might not work until five working days after your transfer is complete. You can check the status of your number porting.

Receive a text message

You can receive text messages from anywhere in the world.

  1. On your computer, go to voice.google.com.
  2. Open the tab for Messages Messages tab. Messages that you haven't read yet are in bold.

If you don't receive a text that you're expecting, check to see if it has been marked as spam. At the top left, click Menu Menu and then Spam.

Note: To receive text messages from websites, like a bank or subscription service, you'll need to use your mobile operator's number.

Reply to a text message

  1. On your computer, go to voice.google.com.
  2. Open the tab for Messages Messages tab.
  3. Click the text message that you want to reply to.
  4. At the bottom, enter your message and then click Send Send.

Note: If you have more than one Voice number, you can only send texts from your main number. If you receive a text to your second number, your reply will be sent from the main one.

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