How to post to Google+ through SMS in Kenya

Kenya is already enabled among the few countries which can post on their Google+ accounts using SMS. I was just reading tweets from #gTanzania when I was alerted to the impending availability of the service to Tanzanian users. I decided to check if its is possible to Kenyan users. It is very much possible.

You can post on your Twitter and Facebook networks using SMS, this is not one surprising move by Google considering the kind of competition it is trying to give to Facebook and Twitter.

To enable this feature on your Google+ page, you will have to add your phone number in Google+ settings, following which Google will send a verification code. After verifying your SMS number by entering the verification code, you will be able to choose what you want enabled for SMS alerts and postings.

To set up Google+ posting and notification reception through sms;

  1. Sign in to Google+ new window


  2. Click your full name or email address in the Google bar.
  3. Click Account settings.
  4. Click Google+.
  5. Click Add phone number.
  6. Click Send verification code to verify you entered your phone number correctly.
  7. Enter the verification code and click Save.
  8. Select the notifications you want to receive via SMS.

Again you might want to add a PIN for extra security. You can modify the notifications like below;

In Kenya you will be able to post to your Google+ by sending an SMS to +254700999412. Your operator will charge you the normal SMS costs. The update you send through SMS will be visible to all your circles by default.

Some tips;

  • @{circle name} – To share with a specific circle. You can also tag a circle to a post by appending your post with @[circle name]. For example: “Where are all the @techies at”.
  • Tagging a post with @extended automaticaly shares your post with the extended circle
  • Tagging a post with @[email address] will invite the person to Google+ or tag him/her only on the post.

Written by Robert

Respected Kenyan blogger, tech evangelist, and social justice activist. Robert is known for his hard-hitting articles and opinions disseminated through his Twitter handle @RobertAlai or Facebook page (

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