Get Gmail to Text Emails to Your Phone




In this instructable I will show you how to get your gmail account to send your emails to your phone via txt.

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Step 1: What You Need

You will need
- A Gmail Account
- A Cell Phone with text messaging capabilities

Step 2: Figure Out Your Cellphone's Email Address

You will need to figure out your celphone's email address.
Each cellphone has a specific email address. Here is a list of carriers and their corresponding email addresses.
note: Do not include country code, just area code.

Alltel [10-digit phone number]

AT&T (formerly Cingular) [10-digit phone number]
[10-digit phone number]

Boost Mobile [10-digit phone number]

Nextel (now Sprint Nextel) [10-digit telephone number]

Sprint PCS (now Sprint Nextel) [10-digit phone number]

T-Mobile [10-digit phone number]

US Cellular [10-digit phone number] (SMS)

Verizon [10-digit phone number]

Virgin Mobile USA [10-digit phone number]

So if I used verizon my adress would be

Step 3: Configuring Your Mail Settings

Next you will want to log on to your gmail account.

1. Go click on the cog in the upper right hand corner and choose mail settings.
2. Choose the "Forwarding and POP/IMAP" tab in the settings area
3. At the top of "Forwarding and POP/IMAP" you should see the option "Add a Forwarding Address"
4. Click on the button and it will ask you to type in the email you want to forward to, This is where you will type in your phone's email address.
5. If you figured out your phone's email correctly, it should send you a confirmation "email" to your phone.
6. Once you get the code, type it in the space provided (without the # sign before the code) and click "Verify"
7. It should now be set up! Make sure "Forward a copy of incoming emails to..." is checked and also the option to "Keep Gmail's copy in the inbox" is selected in case anything goes wrong so you don't lose your email.
8. Click "Save Changes" at the bottom

Step 4: Done!

If you set it up correctly gmail should now forward all of incoming emails to your phone via txt.

-It will NOT send emails that were already in your inbox when you set it up, just ones you receive from then on.

-Texts have a finite number of characters (160 I think) So the email might cut off if it's longer than this.

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    10 Discussions

    alida rened

    Question 8 months ago

    I am trying to forward my at & t text messages to my gmail and I used the at & t address with my 10 digit telephone number. Once I placed that info. in on my GMAIL box for add forwarding address I never get a confirmation through text on my cell.


    Question 1 year ago on Introduction

    It may also be possible in Israel by hot mobile?


    2 years ago

    Thank you so much for this comprehensive tutorial! I was trying to explain how to do this to a coworker and this instructable was by far the best explanation (and actually had the text messaging forwarding emails!).


    2 years ago

    Hi can you please help me how to send email using my tablet ,and how could i know that is delivered


    3 years ago

    Thank you so much, it was fast and easy to do.


    3 years ago

    I want a phone so bad

    I have a problem my phone is Samsung Mobile phone e1270 I can't set my gmail or facebook ;(


    5 years ago on Introduction

    i m using idea cellular but when im sending a confirm mail i cant receive it on my phone plz tell me what to do


    7 years ago on Introduction

    Does this cost extra money, or does it fall under standard messaging rates? (I have AT&T if that makes a difference)

    act casual

    7 years ago on Introduction

    i try to sent a test email it did word i got Mail Delivery Subsystem error can you help me i got Vodafone