Internet is a very important part of our life and getting stuck in a place without internet connection is unimaginable! The life completely stops! The most visited website on internet is Google and we are habitual to perform Google searches even for our smallest queries. The good thing about Google Search is that you don’t need to have an internet connection to search on Google. You can easily search using SMS using Google SMS Search!
Google SMS Search is a very useful tool if you don’t have an internet connection / data plan or if for some reason you are unable to get access to internet. Google never leaves you helpless! Next time if you ever face a no-internet kind of situation and want to perform a Google search, simply follow the below steps to search using SMS with Google SMS search!
Google has been constantly working on improving their portfolio and hence they have launched some SMS applications which let you perform some useful Google operations without an internet connection, but by using SMS. These applications are useful especially if you don’t have an active internet connection.
Here are a few tasks which can be performed by using Google SMS:
- Google SMS Search
- Gmail SMS
- Blogger SMS
- Calendar SMS
- Google Voice SMS
Lets not go deep into it. Here’s how you can Google search using SMS!
Google Search Using SMS
1. Open your favorite SMS application.
2. In the message section, type your search query.
3. Send the SMS to 466453.
You will receive the first search result within 60 seconds.
Any charges? No. Though Google doesn’t charge for this service but, Standard operator rates do apply!
Google SMS Search works irrespective of your mobile phone and your mobile operator. All you need to have is an active SMS pack.
Some readers complained that the above number (466453) is not working and SMS aren’t getting delivered to it. I suspect this is a temporary problem and it should be resolved soon.
There are some country specific Google phone numbers as well allowing you to Google search using SMS for free.
Google SMS Search India
If you’re an Indian, you could follow the step 1 and step 2 and instead of sending the SMS to 466453, send the SMS to 9773300000
You could make use of some special search queries to perform some advanced searches using Google SMS Search. A few of them are,
Google SMS Search Special Queries
Currency Conversion: 1 dollar in INR shows you the value of 1 dollar in Indian Rupees.
Airlines: Air India shows the latest timings.
Airports: SFO airport shows the address and phone number of SFO airport.
Calculator: 1 us pint in liters converts 1 US pint to liters.
Directions: Directions Pasadena CA to 94043 gives you exact directions to go to 94043 from Pasadena CA.
Flights: Flight AA 2111 shows timings.
Help: Help local gives you more details on using Google local search.
Local Time: Time Mumbai shows you current Mumbai time.
Maps: Map 5th avenue New York send you a link to the required map.
METAR: Metar khio provides you METAR data.
Products: Price iPod player 40gb shows the price of 40GB version of Apple iPod.
Q&A: William Shakespeare birthday shows his birthday.
Translation: Translate Hello in Hindi sends you the Hindi word for Hello.
Weather: Weather Boston sends you the weather details of Boston.
Zip Codes: Zip code 421501 shows the city associated with it.
Sports: Score Manchester United shows you the latest score.
Movies: Movies New York gives you details of latest movies in NY, show timings and venues.
Local Businesses: Thai 421501 shows list of nearby Thai restaurants.
Definitions: Define Mechanics defines Mechanics.
Stocks: Stock Tata shows the real-time price data.
Web Snippets: Web Hubble shows you a snippet of a web page.
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You will still require an internet connection to view the web pages. Unfortunately there isn’t any workaround for it!