To many of us, Our phones have become as important to us as food, water and air. We use phones as the hub for all forms of communication and provides us an immediate reference tool if we need instant information. We often even find ourselves plastered to our mobile devices, even when we’re at our computers, simply due to a never ending flow of text messages. If only we could reply or send a text message from your computer without having to pick up our phones!
Most people do not know this but it this is a possibility. Sending texts from your computer is extremely useful in a number of situations. Perhaps you lost your phone and need to send a message to someone. Maybe you’re over your monthly text limit and still need to get in touch with your friends. Or you could just hate typing on a tiny keyboard. Regardless of the reason, it’s easier than you might think to learn how to send a text message from a computer.
Sending Messages (Apple devices)
Apple has made it easy for you to send and receive text messages by computer. Unfortunately, this solution will not work with a windows machine or Android phones but is perfect if you us Apple products. All you need is a Mac running Mac OSX 10.10 (Yosemite or higher) and a paired Apple device, such as an iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch, and the right settings.
If you use the same Apple ID for your Apple device and your Mac computer, then this function should work automatically.
To enable text messages on your Mac computer, you’ll first need to activate the feature on your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch. To do this, go to ‘Settings’ > ‘Messages’ then tap ‘Text Message Forwarding’ and select the name of the Mac computer to which you want to forward messages. Once your ‘switch’ displays green, you’re good to go. Your messages will now be synced between your Apple device and your computer, as well as your contacts, meaning any messages sent between you and them should be viewable on your computer.
Use the new Windows Phone App (Android only)
This solution is for the Windows and Android users. The “Your Phone” app is new in Windows 10’s October 2018 Update. You can now text from your PC and easily access photos—assuming you have an Android phone. You will even be able to mirror your phone’s entire screen to your Windows 10 PC and see notifications from your phone on your PC. Sorry, iPhone users: Most of these features are only available if you have an Android phone. Apple doesn’t let third-party developers like Microsoft integrate as deeply with your phone’s operating system.
MightyText is the answer for Android users who want to send and receive texts on their computer. And the best news is, it doesn’t matter which type of computer you use, as MightyText is a web-based app, so it works with Windows, Mac, Linux or Chrome OS. MightyText lets you synchronise your SMS messages along with your notifications, photos, videos, and all the major desktop browsers. It’s free for up to 500 messages a month, and after that it will set you back $5.00 month.
First, though, you’ll have to install MightyText on your Android phone. Once you’ve done that, simply sign in to MightyText’s web app via your preferred web browser and you’re good to go.
Use an Online SMS service
If you can not get any of the above solutions to work for you then another option will be to use an online SMS service. Many of these services are Paid services so this will be only an option if you need an immediate temporary solution. Try one of the options below –