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How to send an email to text

It's easier than you think.
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December 14, 2022

You can send emails to texts and texts to email addresses, and the process isn’t complicated. Here’s how to do it.

Read more: 10 best email apps for Android to manage your inbox

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To send an email as a text, write your email as usual. Then in the “to" field, enter the ten-digit phone number followed by “@" and then the gateway domain of the intended recipient. Finally, hit Send. You can find a list of gateway domains for many mobile providers below.

If you want to send a text message as an email, write your text as usual. Then in the “to" field, enter the email address of the intended recipient. Finally, hit Send.


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How to send an email to text

Sending an email as a text message is mostly like sending a normal email. Here’s how it works:

  1. Write your email as usual in your preferred email client.
  2. In the “To” field, enter the ten-digit phone number of the intended recipient, followed by “@” and the gateway domain of the recipient’s mobile provider. That is “1234567890@gatewaydomain.com.” You can find a list of common gateway domains below.
  3. Hit Send. The rest of the process is automatic.

The gateway domain is what you’ll put after the phone number and “@” in the “To” field. There are two types of gateway domains. SMS gateways let you send emails as plain text messages, while MMS gateways let you include images and other forms of media.

In the table below, you’ll find a list of major US mobile providers and their respective gateway domains. If you don’t know the gateway domain of a mobile provider, you can look it up on a service like freecarrierlookup.com. Simply enter the phone number you wish to send an email as a text message to, and you’ll get the gateway domain.

ProviderSMS GatewayMMS Gateway
Provider
AT&T
SMS Gateway
number@txt.att.net
MMS Gateway
number@mms.att.net
Provider
T-Mobile
SMS Gateway
number@tmomail.net
MMS Gateway
number@tmomail.net
Provider
Sprint
SMS Gateway
number@messaging.sprintpcs.com
MMS Gateway
number@pm.sprint.com
Provider
Verizon
SMS Gateway
number@vtext.com
MMS Gateway
number@vzwpix.com
Provider
Boost Mobile
SMS Gateway
number@sms.myboostmobile.com
MMS Gateway
number@myboostmobile.com
Provider
Cricket Wireless
SMS Gateway
number@mms.cricketwireless.net
MMS Gateway
number@mms.cricketwireless.net
Provider
Ting
SMS Gateway
number@message.ting.com
MMS Gateway
None available
Provider
Republic Wireless
SMS Gateway
number@text.republicwireless.com
MMS Gateway
None available
Provider
Straight Talk
SMS Gateway
number@vtext.com
MMS Gateway
number@mypixmessages.com
Provider
Google Fi
SMS Gateway
number@msg.fi.google.com
MMS Gateway
number@msg.fi.google.com

Note that if you’re trying to send emails as text messages to a virtual provider like Boost, Cricket Wireless, Republic Wireless, Straight Talk, Ting, or Tracfone number, you might have to use the gateway domain of whichever major carrier they rely on to provide service. You can see them in the table below.

Virtual mobile providerMajor mobile provider
Boost
T-Mobile or AT&T
Cricket Wireless
AT&T
Republic Wireless
AT&T
Straight Talk
AT&T, Verizon, or T-Mobile
Ting
T-Mobile or Verizon
Tracfone
Verizon

How to send a text to email

It’s even easier to send a text to an email address. Here’s how:

  1. Compose your text message as usual.
  2. In the “To” field, enter the email address of your intended recipient.
  3. Hit Send. The rest of the process is automatic.

Note that depending on your provider, it may automatically insert a graphic in the signature field or indicate that the message was sent via text.


Read more: Here’s how to forward a text message on your phone

 FAQs

That depends on the particular mobile plan you have. It’s likely sending and receiving texts via email will cost you the same as other text message charges.

If you exceed the character limit of text messaging, your email may be sent as multiple text messages.

You can look up the gateway domain of a mobile number on a service like freecarrierlookup.com.