How to Send SMS Messages with Google Glass

If a contact record stored in the contact database on your Glass includes a phone number, you can send an SMS message to that contact by using your voice instead of hunting and pecking with your thumbs as you would on a smartphone.

You can access your imported contacts from the Google Contacts database only by using the touchpad; you can’t use the voice feature. That is, when you send a message, you need to scroll through the contact list by swiping backward or forward on the touchpad. When you find the contact name you want, tap the touchpad.

Glass doesn’t have built-in SMS messaging capabilities — at least, not yet. Instead, it uses the Google Voice app on your phone (if you’ve installed it and set it up) or the messaging app on your smartphone to send SMS messages.

At this writing, SMS messaging is available only via a Bluetooth connection to an Android smartphone running the MyGlass app.

Sending to a Glass contact

To send an SMS message, follow these steps:

  1. Say “OK Glass, send a message to. . .” followed by the name of the contact.

    The Send Message screen appears, as shown, so you can see that Glass has recognized the name of your contact.

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  2. Start dictating your message.

    As you speak, the message appears below the contact’s name.

    A couple of seconds after you stop speaking, Glass sends the message. You see onscreen for a second or two; then the message appears in a card on your timeline.

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You have only a couple of seconds to cancel a message before it’s sent off to the contact’s message app, so keep your messages short and to the point.

Sending to a smartphone contact

If you want to send an SMS message to someone who isn’t in your Glass contacts list but is in your smartphone’s contacts list, here’s how to do that:

  1. On the Home screen, tap the touchpad.

  2. Choose Send Message from the menu.

  3. Find the smartphone contact by swiping backward and forward on the touchpad.

  4. Dictate the message.

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