Here's how to send texts to friends and family members' mobile devices from AOL Mail.

First, here are the mobile service providers that we currently support:

SprintGoogle Voice
T-MobileBoost (1-way messaging only)
Virgin MobileUS Cellular
AlltelCricket Wireless
nTelos Wireless 
Immix WirelessCellular One
Appalachian WirelessBluegrass Cellular
COM TMI WirelessGCI/Alaska DigiTel
Illinois ValleyInland Cellular
Nex-TechUnited Wireless
West CentralMetro PCS*

*Metro PCS: Messaging is only supported on select Metro PCS plans. If you use Metro PCS and you run into issues sending or receiving messages via AOL, please contact Metro PCS for more information.

Also, texting is currently only available to U.S. mobile numbers (no international numbers and no landlines).

Follow the directions below to send a text message:

1. In the upper left, click the Compose Text button (the cell phone icon).


2. In the "New Text" Window that appears in the lower right, enter the mobile number (including area code) that you'd like to text. Type all 10 digits together -- no spaces, hyphens, parentheses or any other marks are necessary.


3. Type your text in the message field and hit enter on your keyboard.

That’s it! You'll get replies to your text messages in the lower right corner of your AOL Mail window.

Note: Sending and receiving text messages in AOL Mail is free, but charges may apply for the person you're texting -- depending on his/her plan.