Text messaging has become one of the most popular ways to carry on conversations in our world today. The convenience of using SMS is universally known. Sometimes, though, for one reason or another, you may prefer to have access to text messaging on your computer.
No matter your reason, if this is something you want to do, follow one of these texting methods that do not require the use of the messaging app on your phone.
1. Google Voice
Google Voice isn’t talked about much, but this handy service gives you a free virtual phone number that you can use to make calls and send texts. Currently, it’s only available in the US and Canada. If you find yourself in these territories, then setting it up is simple.
1. Go to Google Voice and sign up.
2. Click the Messages icon, then “Send a message.”
3. Enter the name or number of the contact you want to text. (You can add up to seven people in a group text.) You can also attach images by clicking the image icon.
4. When you’re ready, click the “Send” arrow.
2. Your Email Account
This only works for USA and Canadian phone numbers. An often unknown way for you to text without your phone is for you to use your regular email client. To use your email to send a message:
1. Click to compose a new email like you normally would.
2. Insert the person’s ten-digit phone number.
3. Add your recipient’s carrier code from the chart below.
If you are not sure which carrier your recipient has, you can look it up.
These sites will check to make sure it is a wireless number and give you the SMS and MMS addresses for that contact.
3. Windows App
If you have a Windows machine, you can use the “Your Phone Companion” app to send and receive texts. The drawback to using this program is that you cannot send or receive photos or other media.
To use the Your Phone Companion App to text:
1. Press the Win button on your keyboard and click on “Your Phone “on the app list.
2. If you have not connected your phone yet, the app will walk you through that.
3. Once they are connected, you have access to all your text messages and can create and receive messages from there.
You can also access pictures you’ve taken with your phone. You can’t send them, but you can see them.
4. Chrome Extension
If you are a Gmail user, you can use a Chrome extension called “Send Your Email to SMS (text)” to send text from your email. It’s a nice little app that allows you to send ten messages for free each month. If you do more than that, you need to upgrade to an unlimited plan for about $55 a month. For a small business, this could be a way to send messages to your customers.
1. Go to the Chrome Web Store and download the extension.
2. Open Gmail in your browser. You will see that the extension adds a phone icon to your email window.
3. Click on Compose to begin a message.
4. Click on the phone icon near the bottom-left corner.
5. Type the number you want to text.
6. Type your message and send it out.
With this extension, you don’t have to locate and type in the carrier code. It will automatically do it for you.
5. Free Websites
You have a choice of some free websites that you can use to send messages. Here are a few examples of the many that are available.
GlobFone only has an SMS option – you cannot send pictures. To use it, all you need to do is put in the number you want to text and add a message. The recipient cannot reply, but the site has a status check to make sure the message was delivered correctly.
If you want to use email but don’t want to go through the hassle of finding the carrier code or typing it in yourself, you can try TxtDrop. To use it, put in your email address and the phone number of the recipient and send the text. All you need is the country code and number. The site gets the carrier code for you.
The recipient can reply to you. It comes to your email, and you can continue a conversation that started that way. It’s very cluttered, though, and isn’t easy for the recipient to read on a phone.
6. Text Sync Apps
Another way of texting from your computer is to install one of several different apps that sync your text messages onto your laptop.
Pushbullet is one of the most popular desktop apps to connect your Android phone to your computer. It not only pushes SMS messages between the devices, but it includes Notification Mirroring, pushing all your notifications from your Android to your computer. Pushbullet used to be free, but they reduced the number of features on their free platform and added a paid level of $5.00 a month.
AirDroid is nearly the same as Pushbullet. You can also view your camera and dial your phone remotely. All these features are only $2.00 per month.
This app for sending SMS messages from your PC is a browser option, not a desktop app like Pushbullet and AirDroid. MightyText lets you synchronize 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 monthly.
If you find that texting on your phone is not the most efficient way for you to create messages, try one of these other ways to send them. And don’t forget to backup your messages in the event that your phone crashes.