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2/18/19
I recently set up my Google Voice to also receive text messages. They are arriving in my Gmail inbox but I don't know how to respond to them. 0 Recommended Answers 5 Replies 31 Upvotes
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 how to respond how to respond to text messages to my Google Voice number?
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2/18/19
Sandi, once you receive your text message in email, log in to your GV account voice.google.com and continue your text communications from there.
 
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2/24/19
but why are we replying from email?
shouldn't we be receiving text messages by text?
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3/22/19
Sandi and Rob.  We need advice to determine if Google Voice will work for our needs. We want to add texting to our company number. We could switch our company number to Google Voice or we could subscribe to a texting service.  I think the advantage of Google Voice is that we will see texts in our Gmail inbox.
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4/6/19
I just reply right there from my gmail as if it's an email. I just discovered that I can't find recent texts I reply to that way in a sent folder anywhere in Google Voice so that could be a drawback and they're also not in the sent folder of Gmail. I hadn't noticed this before because I rarely use Google Voice for texting I just use it to take voicemails when I'm out of the country often. I'm going to keep looking though so they may be somewhere...
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5/24/19
You might have your notification setting in Google Voice to send you an email when ever you get a message or voicemail.  If you don't want the extra notification just turn it off. 

You can also forward the goggle voice to Hangouts so you can answer the SMS or Hangouts Chat from the lower Left side of the inbox, which I think is under the "Labs" settings for the gmail inbox settings to integrate it and run chats from inbox
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