How to Email a Text Message

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Would you like to send a text message without using your phone?

  • How to Send a Text Message via Email
  • Locate the Carrier and Gateway Address
  • What Is the Distinction Between SMS & MMS?
  • Text Messages Delivered to Your Email
  • Practical Reasons for Emailing Text Messages
  • Other Modes of Communication

How to Send a Text Message via Email

To send a text message via email, use your recipient’s carrier’s MMS or SMS gateway, specifying their cellphone number as the address. For instance, if the recipient’s phone number is (212) 555-5555 and his or her carrier is Verizon, the email should be addressed to [email protected] The text in the body of your email appears as a text message on the recipient’s phone or other mobile device.

To email a text message, you will need the following:

  • The recipient’s contact information.
  • The recipient’s mobile service provider (AT&T or Verizon, for example).
  • The MMS or SMS gateway address for the carrier.

Locate the Carrier and Gateway Address

If you are unsure of your intended recipient’s carrier, you can use a website such as or to find out. You can search for the service provider and SMS/MMS gateway addresses by entering the recipient’s phone number.

Consult a list of SMS and MMS gateway addresses if you know the recipient’s carrier name. The details of the gateway are critical. These are used in the same way as email addresses are to construct your recipient’s address.

What Is the Distinction Between SMS & MMS?

When it comes to texting, carriers offer two distinct types of messaging:

  • SMS stands for Short Message Service.
  • MMS is an abbreviation for Multimedia Messaging Service.

The maximum length of an SMS message is 160 characters for the majority of providers. MMS is used to send messages that exceed 160 characters in length and messages that include images or other content that is not plain text.

Certain providers may require you to send text messages longer than 160 characters via the MMS gateway address. Many providers, on the other hand, handle the distinction internally and divide texts appropriately on the recipient’s side. If you send a 500-character SMS, there is a good chance that your message will be received in its entirety, though it may be broken up into 160-character chunks. If this is not possible, divide your message into multiple emails prior to sending.

Text Messages Delivered to Your Email

If a recipient responds to a text message you sent, you will typically receive the response via email. Examine your junk or spam folders, as these responses are more likely to be blocked or filtered than traditional email. As with sending messages via email, carrier behavior varies when it comes to receiving responses.

Practical Reasons for Emailing Text Messages

There are several reasons why you might want to send or receive text messages via email. Perhaps your SMS or data plan has reached its monthly cap. Perhaps you’ve misplaced your phone and require an urgent text. If you’re seated in front of your laptop, typing on a larger device may be more convenient. Due to the fact that text conversations are archived in your email, you can free up space on your mobile device while still retaining critical messages for future reference.

Other Modes of Communication

Additionally, text messages can be sent from a computer via the Apple Messages app or Facebook Messenger. There are also lesser-known alternatives, but exercise caution when communicating with an unknown third party about potentially sensitive content.