What Is Email To SMS Communication?

Open up your email, type in a message, and send it as a text message to any mobile phone.

Cloud Based (No Install Needed)

Email to SMS requires no setup or software. Simply log in to your email, enter in a few details and send your message!

Send & Receive Texts

Our 2 Way text feature allows you to send, receive and reply to text messages all from your email account.

Works With Any Email Account

Email SMS works with any email platform like Outlook, Thunderbird, Gmail, Yahoo, etc.

Send International SMS Messages

160 is able to send text messages to almost anywhere around the globe.

How Does Email To SMS Work?

Step 1: Enter the recipient’s mobile number (using “04…”) into the “To:” field followed by “@160.com.au” e.g. 0412345678@160.com.au
Step 2: Enter your mobile number (with the international code) into the “Subject:” field followed by @SMS secret (your “SMS secret” is found inside your profile by clicking on your username.)

Step 3: Finally, type your message into the main body field and click send.

Email to Text Features

Send Texts To Multiple Recipients

To send a message to more than one recipient simply list their phone numbers (followed by “@160.com.au”) in the “To” field of your email

Local And International Formats

Send messages to people using both national and international format

Please note that the subject field must always use the international format

Works With M2M/IOT

Does your email client or M2M/IOT application prevent you from sending emails to 04xxxx1@160.com.au? Simply send your email to SMS to sms@160.com.au and add the “To” number to the subject line of the email separated by a slash “/” symbol

Remove Email Signatures

Does your email client automatically add your signature or organization’s disclaimer? To remove this from your Email to SMS include “[end]” at the end of your SMS message and everything after [end] will not appear in the message that you send

Using Your Virtual Mobile Number

If you’ve purchased one of our virtual SMS numbers you can use email text messaging as well:

To: The mobile number you’d like to send your SMS to.
Subject: Your mobile number with your virtual mobile number in brackets followed by your SMS secret.

Use Your Business Name Instead Of Mobile Number

Here’s how to set it up: Add your nickname or business name in brackets after your phone number in the “Subject” field of the email
Please note that you will not be able to receive replies using this feature.

Receive Replies To Your Email (2-Way SMS)

Allow recipients to reply to your message by adding the “!” sign to the beginning of the “Subject” field

Receive Email Alerts as Texts

Convert important email alerts into SMS message alerts.


  1. SMS email address – this is the email that you enter into your subscription sites.
  2. Email Address – enter the email address of the service that you are using.
  3. SMS will contain – select whether you want to include the subject, body or both.
  4. Exclude all words before – tell our system where you want to begin the message.
  5. Exclude all words after – tell our system where you want the alert to finish.

Please note that standard texting costs apply when using this feature.

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Extended SMS Messages

Standard SMS messages are 160 characters which is good enough for most text messages but we also offer extended SMS messaging which means you can use up to 450 characters in a single SMS message. These do cost additional credits.

No Setup Required

There’s absolutely nothing to set up or configure. Our service means that you won’t have to worry about working with clunky or cumbersome software. Simply open up your email and start sending you messages from an email inbox.

Global SMS Coverage

160’s email to SMS gateway allows you to send SMS messages overseas as well as locally.

SMS Alerts

Wish your email alerts were SMS alerts instead? If you are currently subscribed to a service that only sends email alerts then our Email to Text conversion feature will convert those email alerts into SMS messages and have them sent directly to your mobile phone as a text message. Perfect for alarm systems, price drops for shopping, stock trading alerts, essentially any service that offers email alerts can be sent as a text message back to your mobile.

Our Email To SMS Service Supports

Get all of these features and more with our email to SMS gateway.

Send One To Many

Just like with our online SMS platform you can send multiple Texts using your email account reaching mobile users in seconds.

Get Timely Delivery Reports

Once you’ve sent your texts out we’ll email you a delivery report detailing who received your text message and who didn’t.

Receive Replies To Email

160’s 2-way messaging tunnel allows you to send, receive and reply all from your favourite email account.

Multi-User Accounts

If you want to give SMS access to other people but don’t want to give them your primary account details you can do that also, just set them up as a sub-user with their own username and password.

Use A Branded Sender ID

If you would prefer to use your brand instead of your mobile number, then you can do just that with our custom sender ID feature. This is perfect for brand recognition and will allow you to control your sender ID in all future texts.

2 Way SMS

Our service works both ways. You can send and receive SMS replies and have them sent either to your email or mobile phone. Your convenience is our priority, so you can choose how you want to send and receive your email to SMS.

Why Choose 160?

Simple Platform

Get up and running in minutes with our easy to use interface.

100% Delivery Guarantee

Send texts from any location and any device over WiFi.

No Hidden Fees

No need to worry about admin fees or hidden charges we have flat rate packages.

Enterprise-Level Security

Our technology is kept off-site at a highly secure Australian data centre.

Full Customer Support

Located in Sydney we are ready to help you with any support queries.

API Integration

Integrate features into your current software package so you can manage everything from one familar interface.


Unlimited access. Includes free credits. No credit card required.

Frequently Asked Questions

This will depend on which country you’re sending your SMS to and which provider the recipient is with. Most texts will cost 1 SMS credit, which can be purchased in communication packages. There are no hidden fees or costs to our text messaging service, so you can rest assured that you’ll be made fully aware of all pricing information. You can visit our in-depth pricing and coverage page for more detailed information. We also offer a trial service for free email to SMS in Australia, so you can see how fantastic our platform is before you make your purchase.

Both you and the recipients of your messages. Our 2 way SMS service means that you can also receive SMS to your email. This is a quick and easy service, so both you and your customers can enjoy the benefits of our communication solutions. Our bulk messaging service will ensure that communication will be far more manageable, no matter what industry you’re in. Our 100% delivery guarantee works internationally and allows for API integration into your existing software package. No setup and no software means that you can get started on sending emails to SMS in Australia right away!

Email to SMS in Australia has never been easier. Your business can enjoy several essential benefits by using our helpful and convenient service, including:

  • Bulk messaging — Looking for a way to send and receive in bulk? Our cloud-based service is the perfect solution. Whether you want to send a single message or multiple messages to anyone of your choosing — almost anywhere in the world — 160.com.au can help you get it sorted.
  • Alerts — If you find it inconvenient to receive email alerts, our service can send these as SMS alerts instead. For essential reminders such as stock alerts, price drops, employee interaction, or anything else that requires a reminder, our service can help you stay on top of everything.
  • Guaranteed delivery — Never worry about forgetting to send an important message. We use industry-leading Australian SMS gateways, ensuring that your message is sent no matter what. You will also get delivery reports letting you know who received your message and who didn’t. Our 100% online service means you can always reliably send your messages no matter where you are — no software required!
  • Brand ID — If you want the receiver to see a name of your choosing — instead of your mobile number — our service can do that for you. Our custom sender ID feature means that you can present yourself in a way that is appropriate for your business. This works from any email account too, so it doesn’t matter what service you’re with, it’ll work with email to SMS.
  • Security — We understand the importance of privacy and security. That’s why our service works on enterprise-level security, so you can rest assured that our offsite technology is highly secured in our Australian data centre.

Yes. Our service allows you to send text messages to mobile phones using your email account. This is useful when you need to communicate but don’t have a text-messaging plan or if you’re travelling internationally and want to avoid expensive roaming fees.

To send an email to SMS, simply follow this format:

To: 04XXXXXXXX@160.com.au
Subject: 614YYYYYYYY@SMS secret
Message: type your text message here.

With 160.com.au, you can send your message in Australia and anywhere in the world.

Yes, you can click links on SMS messages. However, there are some limitations to the types of links you can click on. You can’t click on direct links to email addresses or other phone numbers in SMS messages. Based on the phone the receiver uses, they might not be able to access certain types of linked content, especially images or videos.

If you want to convert an email to SMS, 160.com.au’s innovative platform can help. With our affordable cloud gateway, you can easily send a direct SMS from any email account and select a recipient list based on your business needs.

160.com.au is a bulk SMS service provider for sending notifications, alerts, reminders, and marketing campaigns. Our SMS services include:
Bulk SMS

  • SMS Gateway API
  • Email to SMS
  • SMS Marketing
  • Online SMS
  • Virtual SMS Number

At 160.com.au, we have built a bulk message platform designed for optimal user-friendliness. Our cloud platform requires no additional setup or configuration and is easy to use. The platform can be accessed from any location and is highly secure. If you want to start a campaign or learn more about our global online SMS coverage, get in touch with us today. Our team of marketing experts will be happy to help you and offer support.

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Call our SMS support team on 1800 671 823 to get any questions answered.