Sending text messages directly from Gmail can be done by using the email-to-SMS gateway provided by the recipient’s mobile carrier. This method involves sending an email to a specific address that is linked to the recipient’s phone number. Each carrier has its own specific format for their email-to-SMS gateway. Here’s how you can do it:
Find Out the Carrier’s SMS Gateway
Firstly, you will need to know the recipient’s phone number and carrier. Once you have that, you can use the carrier’s specific email-to-SMS gateway. Here’s a generic example of what these addresses typically look like (you will need to replace ‘phonenumber’ with the recipient’s actual phone number):
- For AT&T:
- For Verizon:
- For T-Mobile:
- For Sprint (now part of T-Mobile):
Please note that these gateways could change, and new carriers may have different formats, so it’s always a good idea to verify the current gateway addresses.
Send the Message
Once you have the correct gateway address, here’s how you can send the message from Gmail:
- Log in to your Gmail account.
- Click on the “Compose” button to start a new email.
- In the “To” field, enter the recipient’s full 10-digit phone number followed by the appropriate gateway address (e.g.,
- Type your message in the email body. Keep your message concise because texts are typically limited to 160 characters, and longer messages may be broken into multiple texts or truncated.
- Click “Send.”
The recipient should receive your email as a text message. Remember that responses from the recipient will likely come back to your email, not as texts to your phone.
- Standard text message rates may apply to the recipient, depending on their mobile plan.
- Some carriers may block or limit such messages, especially if they appear to be spam.
- This method will not work if the recipient has a carrier that does not support email-to-SMS or if the carrier’s gateway address has changed.
- It is crucial to use this method appropriately and not to send unsolicited messages.
If you’re unsure about the recipient’s carrier or the carrier’s SMS gateway domain, you may need to ask the recipient for this information or look up the carrier’s gateway information online.