With disbelief I kept logging in and out. Nope, the send SMS option is still not showing up. I chatted a friend of mine up immediately. “Did you lose SMS capabilities in Gmail?”. He said he didn’t use that feature at all. Myself on the other hand, I use it all day every day!
Gmail’s SMS Capabilities
If your a gmail user, you may have known that you could send text messages to peoples cell phones right from your browser. There are many other services, but I am logged into 3 gmail accounts all day every day so the inherent feature was priceless. Not everyone has a smartphone. And not every message needs to be a saved email.
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The Unfortunate News
Unfortunately, the gmail sms chat is no longer. I am left to try alternatives or have another tab open with google voice. You can still send texts with a google service, google voice. Having a gmail account allows you to have a new phone number. This new phone number can be forwarded to another number, such as your cell or home phone. This can be very useful for those wishing to keep a number private, but utilize it for a public service.
Explore Google Voice
Check out google voice if you miss this feature as much as I do. I do still love google, but I am upset that they hurt my productivity, just a lil bit.
What was the Gmail SMS feature, and how did it work?
The Gmail SMS feature allows users to send text messages directly from their Gmail browser to people’s cell phones. It was a convenient way to send messages without using a separate texting service.
Why did Gmail discontinue the SMS feature?
The specific reasons for discontinuing the Gmail SMS feature were not provided by Google. Users, however, noticed the absence of the send SMS option and had to explore alternatives like Google Voice.
What alternatives are available for sending texts after the discontinuation?
Google Voice is one alternative that still allows users to send texts. It provides a new phone number linked to a Gmail account and offers forwarding options to other numbers.
How does Google Voice work, and can it replace the Gmail SMS feature?
Google Voice provides a new phone number associated with a Gmail account, allowing users to send texts and make calls. While it can replace the Gmail SMS feature, some users may miss the direct integration within Gmail.
Is there any hope for the return of the Gmail SMS feature?
As of now, there is no information on the return of the Gmail SMS feature. Users are encouraged to explore alternatives like Google Voice for their texting needs.