In the past I have written about the Android app TalkMyPhone which created a dummy Jabber.org account to allow you to send and receive text messages from your computer, bypassing your phone. This app was a little cumbersome to use as it had to be activated manually each time you wished to use. I recently came across a new app that is much simpler to use and has an easier interface. The app I am talking about is Texty and it works by installing itself on your Android device and connecting with an extension in your Chrome browser. In this article I will describe how to install and use it.
Firstly, you will need to sign up for the Texty beta program. Unfortunately, the developers have not fully rolled out this app to everyone, but I received an invite fairly quickly.
Install Texty on your Android Device
Once you receive an invite, head over to the Android Market and download and install Texty on your Android device.
The setup process on your Android device is fairly simple and just requires you to select Next on different screens.
Install Texty on Chrome
Texty works by connecting your Android device to your Chrome browser through your Google account. So, after installing Texty on your Android device, you must install the extension in your Chrome browser.
Once Texty is installed you will see the icon for Texty in the main Chrome toolbar.
You will be met with a blank page when you launch it using the icon from the Chrome toolbar.
You will have to sign in with your Google Account to activate it. Ensure you sign in with the same Google Account as the one you used on your Android device.
Once you have signed in, the extension will prompt you to sync your Google contacts. This is useful as it will then display the names of contacts when messages are sent.
Simply click the link provided and then select Grant Access on the next page.
That is all you have to do to set up Texty on your PC.
Once everything is set up you should start receiving popups whenever a new message arrives.
You can hit Reply to open a popup where you can compose your reply to the message.
Simply type in your message and hit Send Reply.
If you click on the Texty icon in the Chrome toolbar, you will see all the messages you have sent and received from all your different contacts.
The tabs at the top show you the different conversations you are having with all your contacts. You can click the small red “x” to delete a particular message or you can select Delete All Messages From user to delete the entire conversation thread.
If you want to send a message to someone not on your list, select Compose New Text Message.
In the Send To field, you can key in the mobile phone number of the person you wish to send the message to, or alternatively type in that person’s name and the number should automatically appear. Texty is still in beta and sometimes the contacts do not sync properly.
Once you key in a message and send it, it will append itself to the main conversation window.
Texty is much easier to use than the previously mentioned TalkMyPhone, however it is still in beta and there are a number of kinks that need to be worked out.
Thanks to Android Police from where I discovered this wonderful app.