Posting to Google Plus via Email


I’ve already shown how Posting to Google Plus via SMS is pretty simple to set up. In fact, it isn’t really any more difficult than setting up the same feature, on other Social Networks. However, most of these other Social Networks “Officially” support posting via email, yet sadly, Google Plus, does not.

Now, don’t start to worry. All hope is not gone. Posting to Google Plus via Email, may not be a built-in feature, but it can be accomplished, using a combination of other Google Services.

Requirements for Posting to Google Plus via Email

There aren’t many requirements for Posting to Google Plus via Email, but it definitely wont work without the following:

  1. You must have a Google Voice account.
  2. Your Google Voice email address and your Google Plus email address must be the same.

Those requirements aren’t too bad, are they?

Configuring Google Voice & Google Plus, to Play Nicely

These steps are important, if you want Posting to Google Plus via Email to work. So follow them carefully.

  1. Navigate to https://www.google.com/voice and sign in.
  2. Click on the “Gear” icon, in the upper, right-hand corner and then choose “Settings” from the menu.
    Google Voice Settings
  3. From the Google Voice Settings page, click on the “Voicemail & Text” tab.
  4. In the “Voicemail Notifications” area, place a check in the checkbox for “Email the message to:” and then select your Google Plus email address from the list of email addresses.
    Google Plus Settings Voicemail Notifications
  5. Click the “Save Changes” button at the bottom of the page. You will be directed back to the Google Voice Inbox.
  6. Click on the “Gear” icon, in the upper, right-hand corner and then choose “Settings” from the menu.
    Google Voice Settings
  7. From the Google Voice Settings page, click on the “Voicemail & Text” tab.
  8. In the “Text Forwarding” area, place a check in the checkbox for “Forward text messages to my email:” and then verify the email address matches the email address from Step 4.
    Google Plus Settings Text Forwarding
  9. Click the “Save Changes” button at the bottom of the page. You will be directed back to the Google Voice Inbox.
  10. Click on the red “Text” button and send a text message to the Google Plus, SMS number (33669 in USA). You’ll most likely receive an SMS reply stating something to the effect of “33669: Google+: Did not understand the request.”
  11. Now check the email account, associated with the email address in Steps 4 & 8. You should have received an email from Google Voice, with the same (or similar) message, as I just mentioned in the last step.
  12. Look closely at the”From” email address, of the email. It will look something like YourGoogleVoicePhoneNumber.GoogleSMS.HashCode@txt.voice.google.com. You need to copy this email address and paste it somewhere for later use. Writing it down is a little risky, as it is a long, complicated email address.
  13. To complete this process, you will now need to Navigate to https://plus.google.com and sign in.
  14. Click on the Drop Down arrow, in the upper, right-hand corner
    Google Plus Drop-Down
  15. Click on the Account link, in the pop-over
    Google Plus Account Link
  16. From the Account Settings Page, Click on the Google+ link, in the left-hand menu
    Google Plus Account Settings
  17. Click on the “Add Phone Number” link. Enter your Google Voice phone number and hit the “Send Verification Code” button.
  18. Navigate back to your Google Voice account and retrieve the Verification Code.
  19. Return to your Google Plus Profile Settings and enter the Verification Code.

Done! If you followed these steps carefully, you will have successfully associated your Google Plus Profile with your Google Voice Phone Number. Now, Posting to Google Plus via Email is ready to use.

Google Plus Email Composition

Now that your accounts will allow Posting to Google Plus via Email, you need to know how to compose the email.

  1. Create a new Email.
  2. The “To Address” is where you will enter your unique email address, from Step 12, above.
  3. The “Subject” is ignored and is not required by Google Plus.
  4. Compose your Google Plus Post (email message), in the body of the email, followed by the circle or people you want your Google Plus Post to be shared with (+CircleName). If you want your post to be public, put “+Public” at the end of your email. If you want your post to be for a specific circle only, put “+YourCircleName” at the end of your email.
  5. When you send this email, your message will be posted to your Google Plus Profile.

Yes, I hear you. This is a pretty long process and can seem quite complicated. However, if you followed these steps, exactly as I have them written, you too, will be able to start Posting to Google Plus via Email.

Automatically Post to Google Plus

Google is working on an API to allow better integration and interaction with Google Plus. However, if you are like me, you don’t want to wait for the API to be “Officially” released, before being able to Automatically Post to Google Plus.

I have great news!

Once you have Posting to Google Plus via Email set up and working correctly, automatic posting to Google Plus, is also available. For more information on this, check out IFTTT, or stay tuned to this website. An article about this exact topic is coming soon.