Sending a text message is probably one of the top things you do with your phone, but have you ever wished you could use your computer instead? It is possible, thanks to the apps below.
By using them, you could find it's easier to maintain a productive workflow because there's no need to stop what you're doing on the computer and grab your phone to communicate by text.
Unlike some services that don't offer a way to see replies from a recipient, SENDaTEXT has Status and Replies tabs along the top of the interface.
They show whether your message went through and if the recipient wrote back, respectively. Best of all, SENDaTEXT is free, and you don't need to register to use the site.
2. Text 'Em
Text 'Em is a straightforward, web-based app. It requires entering the recipient's mobile number and selecting his or her telephone service provider from a dropdown list.
There is a 155-character limit for messages, so that could be a disadvantage if you need to send something lengthy, but this free option does the job for providing quick, text-based clarifications without using your phone.
This option brings your iPhone to a Mac, Windows or Linux computer. The large keypad on the desktop platform makes it simpler to send long texts than it might be on the much smaller touchscreen of the iPhone.
To get started, download the iPhone app from the company's website and install it on your phone, then click the Launch Web Client button that's also on the company's site.
Besides sending texts with this app, you can use the drag-and-drop functionality to transfer files from your computer to phone, copy URLs on the desktop client and send them to your iPhone and use the desktop client to call people. ($4.99)
MightyText has a dedicated web interface that syncs with your Android phone number and lets you send texts directly from Gmail as if using an instant message tool. The PowerView feature allows interacting with several text message screens at once.
Notifications also appear on your computer to alert if you're receiving a call or your phone battery is low. It's possible to use MightyText for free, but there is a Pro version for $8.99 per month or $79.99 per year, as well.
Like many people, you probably encounter situations where it'd be handier to send a text message later, instead of immediately. There are specific apps for text scheduling that are worth checking out, but keep in mind MightyText Pro lets you schedule texts in the future, too.
Once you download Pulse on your iPhone or Android smartphone, it's easy to launch the web app and send texts on your computer at any time.
Like MightyText, Pulse also offers a scheduled sending feature, along with a similar one that delays the messages slightly so you can avoid sending a text that has an error.
A search tool lets you quickly find keywords in messages to retrieve old conversations efficiently. Also, the Backup and Restore feature automatically transfers content from Pulse to new devices.
Pulse offers a week-long trial. After that, pay 99 cents per month, $1.99 for three months or $5.99 per year. Alternatively, there's a lifetime subscription for only $10.99. You get billed for that one immediately after choosing it.
This free app is for computers running Windows 8 or 10. Install the mySMS app on your phone first, then click the blue Get the App button in the Microsoft Store on a compatible computer.
After that, you'll sync your computer and phone and be able to send texts from the former without hassles or cumbersome setup processes.
7. Send a text with any email account
Many people don't realize they can send text messages from their computers by using an email program without depending on a third-party service. Doing so requires knowing the recipient's mobile number and the associated "@gateway" address for the service provider.
For example, if a person is a Verizon customer, you'd send an email by inserting [person's mobile number without spaces]@vtext.com into the "To:" field and then writing your text in the message body. Keep the content brief, though, because many providers impose a 160- character limit.
Thanks to these options, you're no longer confined to your phone when it's time to send a text. Keep in mind that all the apps require downloading them to your smartphone first before launching the web interface.
Also, because not all these possibilities send texts from your phone number, let recipients know not to ignore texts from unfamiliar numbers that could be you.
Alternatively, always sign texts with your name or clarify your identity in the first sentence of the message, which ensures that portion should show up in a person's notifications.
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