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Send text messages with Google Assistant

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Sometimes your hands are full and you can’t reach for your phone to type a text message. Fortunately, Google Assistant makes it easy to send text messages using just your voice. We show you how it works on phones and smart speakers.

The process for sending an SMS with Google Assistant is actually identical on any device. The only difference is how you wake up the Assistant to start listening.

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Launch the Assistant on an Android phone or tablet by saying “OK, Google”

; or by swiping in from the bottom left or right corner. It will immediately start listening.

swipe to open Google Assistant

On an iPhone or iPad, you need to install the Google Assistant app and launch it from the home screen. After opening the app, say “OK, Google” or tap the microphone icon and the Assistant will start listening.

ios starts google assistant

For smart speakers and screens, just like with the Nest Mini and Nest Hub, you just have to say ‘Hey Google’ within range of the device.

Google Home Mini Sitting on a windowsill

Once the Google Assistant has started listening on your device of choice, just say one of the following commands:

  • “Send a message to Mommy.”
  • “Send a message.”

send a message with assistant

If you say “Send a message” without a contact name, Google will ask who you want to send the message to. Say someone’s name in your contacts.

choose a contact person

After you choose a person, Google will ask for the message you want to send. Just say what you want to send to that person.

say the message

Finally, Google will confirm the message with you and then send it. You will be given the opportunity to change it at this point if it is not quite right.

the message is sent

That’s all! If a text message doesn’t work for you, there is also the option to send an audio message with Google Assistant. It works in a similar way.

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