What’s the best desktop client for texting from the iPhone?

November 30, 2013
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When I come in my dorm room I usually stick my iPhone on charge and get on my Windows computer. Android had this really nice app called AirDroid that allowed me to control just about anything on my phone from my computer. I’m looking for that counterpart for my new iPhone.

I want to be able to text and iMessage from my computer (or at least make sure that if iMessage is available to use that service instead of texting) and that’s pretty much it. Everything else I can control from a browser using iCloud’s new site anyway, just not texting and iMessage.

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  1. Tim B
    December 3, 2013 at 11:46 pm

    Unfortunately there's no way to "control" your phone using your desktop quite like you can with Android. I used to do this back in the old days of dumb phones with a Sony Ericsson, but haven't seen any way of doing it from an iPhone.

    The closest thing you'll get is probably an app that turns your PC into a Bluetooth keyboard, then add that keyboard to your iPhone. You won't be able to control it remotely, but you will be able to type from your desktop. How comfortable or practical this will be remains to be seen.

    The original idea for this came from Type2Phone, a Mac-only app designed for iPad/iPhone to use your Mac's keyboard instead without having to unplug everything: http://houdah.com/type2Phone/

    I've searched and I can't seem to find a PC equivalent :(

    Good luck.

    • Neil J
      December 4, 2013 at 6:41 am

      Thank you for the answer Tim, but that really isn't what I was looking for. I'm fine with not controlling much of my iphone, just to be able to text from my iphone using my browser on my computer.

  2. Oron J
    November 30, 2013 at 2:38 pm

    SMS Helper (https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/sms-helper/id439166496) will do just what you ask for.
    myPhone Desktop http://www.myphonedesktop.com/ integrates your iPhone and desktop computer much more thoroughly and will allow you to control many other aspects of your phone from the PC.