How To SMS Over Google Talk

The question has come up a few times, so it might be helpful to explain. From your Google Talk account, send a message to (US-only at the moment), or add it to your contact list. Voila!

This was pointed out in ticket #11488 in our Trac system.

9 Responses to “How To SMS Over Google Talk”

  1. Stephen Says:

    I am actually confused, I currently only use adium for Google talk. If I have people in my IM contact list that is connected to an address book entry, which has a mobile phone number, how do I get that number to work with sms? Or do I have to add the phone number as a new person to IM?

  2. David Says:


    You would have to create a new contact. You’re specifically sending the message to their number through the Google Talk SMS server.

  3. Marc Says:

    So are there SMS fees with this? I would guess not, right? How would people text me? And does it somehow save texts sent to me if I’m not online?

  4. Kevin Says:

    This is a great opportunity for a feature request: how about a character counter in the chat window? Even better, how about the ability to enable/disable it within preference?

    @Marc: Whomever you send the SMS will be charged fees. They can reply back. Google generates an address for you, and their replies are routed to your chat window.

  5. Peter Hosey Says:

    Kevin: We have a character counter for Twitter. Not for SMS, though.

  6. Mark Says:

    Do you know if it’s possible to send SMS’s within the UK using Google Talk? I can see the US method, but not the UK one.

  7. Michael Says:

    This won’t add to my contact list, it shows them as unsubscribed when I try it in google talk. Any ideas?

  8. Chris Says:

    This is working great for me. Would it be possible, with the already implemented Address Book integration to be able to add a feature that allows to send an SMS to a recipient that has a linked vCard? My suggestion for functionality would be when a contact is right clicked, if all conditionals are matched, you may choose a number to send an SMS to via GTalk. This would negate the necessity to add this information to one’s contact and make things a bit more seamless.

  9. Chris Says:


    Currently, Google’s SMS platform only supports US numbers. No UK support here, unfortunately.