3 Ways to Send and Check SMS Messages from Your PC

If you’re someone who constantly works on a computer, you’ll probably want to stay on that same computer with as few interruptions as possible. The biggest interruption possible is to completely switch devices, which is something a lot of people end up having to do if they’re in the middle of an SMS conversation with a friend. This dramatically inhibits your productivity, and it can get downright annoying when you’re sending 50+ SMS messages back and forth.

Ideally, you should be able to see and send text messages directly from your computer, without even having to touch your phone. Lucky for you, if you’re on Android, there are a handful of great tools which can do exactly this, whether you’re using Windows, Linux, or a Mac. If you’re on iOS, there’s really only one possible option for you.

MightyText

If you’re using an Android phone, I absolutely recommend that you try MightyText. For me, MightyText is the all-in-one package that does everything I could possibly want from this sort of application.

MightyText consists of two parts — essentially what can be considered the server and the client. The “server” is the app you install on your phone, as it’ll receive text messages from the other configured devices and send them out through your cellular network, as well as send texts you’ve received from your cellular network to those other devices. The “client” is the app you use on other devices to send out text messages.

From a computer, you can use the web application, and from a tablet there’s an app for that too. The server and client communicate with each other through a MightyText login which is based around your Google account — similarly to how you can sign into some services using your Facebook.

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MightyText also comes with a Chrome extension, support for sending texts from Gmail via the Gtext extension, a power view where you can see multiple conversations at once, call notifications, and phone battery alerts.

It’s really simple to set up, simple to use, and it works really well. All you need is an Internet connection for both the phone and the PC/tablet. For the phone, both Wi-Fi and mobile data work just fine.

Send & Check Messages From:

AirDroid

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Another fantastic choice for Android phone users is AirDroid.

Similarly to MightyText, AirDroid connects with your phone via an app that is installed on your phone and a web application. However, once you have it set up, you get a very nice interface that can do a number of things with your phone — including text messaging.

Your phone and computer can easily be set up by launching the app on both devices and then simply following the instructions. Again, provided that both devices are on the same WiFi network, this should be quick and easy.

I find AirDroid to be less convenient than MightyText, but it still works very well and can be great for those who enjoy AirDroid’s other features.

Send & Check Messages From: any browser via the web app

Google Voice

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Last but not least, if you’re in the US you can also use Google Voice.

This solution won’t use the phone number that’s associated with your phone, but rather the phone number which was given to your Google Voice account. However, because all of the SMS messages are stored on Google’s servers in Google Voice, you can use your phone, tablet, computer, or any other device to check all of your SMS messages and reply to them. This solution is only ideal for people who actually use their Google Voice number and other Google Voice features — otherwise, you’d be completely switching your phone number (at least the one you give out to people) just for the SMS features. Additionally, MMS messaging doesn’t work with Google Voice.

The best part about this solution is that you don’t need to have your phone on the Internet, or even turned on for that matter. You can just have your computer turned on to send SMS messages just fine. This is because any calls or SMS messages sent to your Google Voice number will first be received by Google, where it will either store your SMS messages or forward phone calls to your actual phone number. Therefore, SMS messages received via your Google Voice number are stored on Google’s servers rather than your own phone, and you can use the Google Voice Android/iOS app or web app to access them.

When you first install the mobile app, it should set you up for the Google Voice features, if you don’t have them already, or simply connect to them if you already do. This is a fairly easy process, but beware that Google Voice will try to replace your wireless carrier’s voicemail with its own. You can skip this part if you’re not interested in that.

Send & Check Messages From:

  • any browser via the web app
  • any Android or iOS device with the Google Voice app

Conclusion

These three solutions are all great choices if you want to be able to view and send SMS messages directly from your computer. Again, I prefer MightyText the most, but each solution has a different setup and feature list, which may work better for you. Try them all out and see what you like! However, it’s sad that all of these solutions besides Google Voice are Android only — apparently Apple doesn’t like it when apps dig deep enough into the OS to access and control SMS messaging.

Do you send SMS messages from your computer? Which solution do you use? Let us know in the comments!

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Juan Carlos Pelayo Santos

What if I’m not in the US? is there a choice for people abroad?

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Ole F

I use Mighty Txt and AirDroid from Denmark with no difficulties!
I have tryed Google, but are not so happy with this – gives too many problems with not sending the messages :-(

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Hillary

mysms! It’s available in quite a few languages already

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registereduser1946

Google Voice will send a copy of SMS to your Google email account too

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Suzanne S

I use the Mighty Text. I love it. I do not have to keep my phone in the same room with me anymore. I like when it tells me I need to charge my phone too.

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Ms Hanson

Agreed. And it ID’s the incoming number, too.

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Eric L

I’m a big MightyText fan too. Although when I’m on VPN for work, my employer blocks access. The browser widget gives repeated error messages.

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Matt Miller

I quite like 3CX Android Remote. The app runs a server off your phone like the others listed, and it tells you your device IP address and a port number.
You can access this server through any web browser, no extra software needed. It can be configured with a username and password for extra security.

The app let’s you check your messages, use the web browser, has a file browser, and with root access you can remote control your phone (I couldn’t, but the feature is present) as well as access the camera remotely.

The interface looks like a standard desktop, and I have found it very easy to use.

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Emmanuel

I liked Motorola invention of its webtop lapdoc. The phone I have made by Motorola turns into a mini laptop and desktop computer. Technically my Motorola phone has two operating systems on it. One partition runs Android, while on the other partition runs a lite version of Linux for the Webtop. Too bad Motorola killed the webtop. Also I own another smartphone which is my BlackBerry and I have a BlackBerry PlayBook tablet. The PlayBook was originally made for as an extension for BlackBerry with the use of BlackBerry Bridge. I can Bridge my BlackBerry phone to my BlackBerry tablet and send text messages with my tablet. Noting is stored on the tablet as both devices are connected using a secured encrypted blue tooth connection. All data a streamed encrypted from the BlackBerry phone to the tablet.

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Matt M

Motorola didn’t really “kill” webtop, just the new version runs as the tablet version of Android.
Not as cool, but it’s still fun to brag to those who don’t have Moto ;)

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Richard

I use the SMS in Yahoo Messenger.

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art

Do you think that setup would work over here in Manila, Philippines where I am?

Art

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Thomas H

I also used Mighty Text, until I found ZipWhip. Much easier to use and it has its own download for your computer, so that you will be notified with a popup and you can write messages without opening your browser. When needed, you also have access to all your messages, by opening a browser to view them. When you use your browser, it works the same as Mighty Text. Go a ahead and try it. I think you’ll like it

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Frank J

Zipwhip works well, and for simply sending…
10-digit cellphone number (just the number, no dashes) followed by:
AT&T, @txt.att.net.
Verizon, is @vtext.com.
T-Mobile, it is @tmomail.net.
Alltel, the number is @message.alltel.com.
Sprint it is @messaging.sprintpcs.com.
While it is free to send messages this way, standard text message rates apply to recipients because the messages are delivered as ordinary texts.

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Declan L

you don’t need to be on the same wifi network anymore in airdroid

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Peter Sichel

Another solution for iPhone on the Mac is Phone Amego which connects via Bluetooth and can display received SMS using Notification Center or its own HUD. Sending SMS uses Google Voice or Skype which allows you to specify a “Reply to Number”. Enjoy!

http://www.sustworks.com/pa_guide/index.html

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James F P

If I’m going to be sending 50+ text messages, I’d tell my friend to call me or I’d call him! One or even a few text messages are enough. But if you’re going to send that many texts at a half-minute a text, you can get a lot more said in less time using voice and it would probably be cheaper, not to mention putting off Repetitive Motion Syndrome (RMS) at least for a little while. ;o]

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James F P

Instead of sending 50+ texts, I’d rather call my friend or have him call me! I could get a lot more said in less time by voice than by texting, and it would be a lot cheaper – and stave off Repetitive Motion Syndrome at least for a while longer! ;o]

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Zero

RMS attacked when hit the Post button?
=)

I agree talk is a lot easier than send a lot texts. And if you need send so many texts, just get your friend on any of the message apps.

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Fat Rasputin

I use Google Voice, the text from computer is nice but I use google voice as my main number and love that you can mark a phone number as spam and never hear my phone ring when they call again.

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Nicolas Loots

I’m surprised DeskSMS isn’t listed. It’s a great app which also allows you to check your phone’s messages. The only thing you need is a Google account and then you can receive your messages through Google Talk or the Google Chrome add-on.

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carol

I don’t download anything even though I frequently send SMS. Just use my email program to send to someone’s cell phone: #########@vtext.com or @vzpix.com for pictures. If they’re not on Verizon, change the domain accordingly.

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Brian

I do the same, and it works very well for me.

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David Frascone

I like the first two choices — just wish there was something like it for iPhone. I’ve used google voice for a long time, but with the lack of development, and lack of integration on the iphone, I’ve had to give it up.

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Mladen Stariha

Great article, but: you forgot to mention that: if 1) you are IOS user and 2) you are not in USA there is no option at all!!!

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KCork

mysms works better in my experience than mighty plus it archives all your texts to Evernote which creates a permanent record

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Hillary

Yes, mysms is just awesome! Works also for iOS users.

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CMYKirk

My Apple iMessage works quite well, computer of phone. Please don’t become too biased, there are many of us who are Mac users that love the way the iOS shares many applications.

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CMYKirk

My Apple iMessage works quite well, computer OR phone. Please don’t become too biased, there are many of us who are Mac users that love the way the iOS shares many applications.

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Aquadeo

For iOS, check out the TextNow, TextMe, TextPlus, and SendHub apps.

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Stephanie S

Thanks for this post. I was getting ready to whine “what about those of us who have iPhones and iPads?” :) I now see I have some choices.

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Aquadeo

I should have pointed out that the apps mentioned work outside USA, include text and phone services (including voicemail), and have Android and PC/Mac versions to keep all your devices sync’d., and all are ‘free’… you can earn or purchase credits.

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AnthonyL

Not sure about other countries. But in Canada the major carriers such as Bell , Rogers & Telus has free SMS message off their webpages.

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salkis

myphoneExplorer if you have a sony android. some difficulty in installing. but works nicely. really fast

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Brian T.

Pinger is a computer app that I think deservers some attention….and your cell phone doesn’t require a wifi to communicate!!

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Paul Kelly

MySMS will work across IPad, Android and PC and is a cinch to set up!

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Kev Southey

I often use Skype to send SMSs, seems to work OK

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Ravindu G

Wammu on Linux http://wammu.eu/

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JackiMex

Kies Air came with my android phone. It allows the user to send and receive SMS on one’s computer. It also allows the user to access your phone’s photographs and videos.

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Nazeem

I dont own an android device and not in the USA but about 13 to 14 hours im on Computer! any other way? :/

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Aquadeo

I’d suggest that you check out TextNow for browser based texting as well as Mac, PC, and Android apps. There is also one in the Google Chrome webstore. Dedicated phone number, voicemail, unlimited texting… and free! What’s not to like? :-)

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pmshah

Get any smart phone with Viber compatibility. Then you can use it on both, including voice and video!

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spud

I use Gmail (using Google voice) – send and receive email, SMS, IM, audio calls, video calls – all in one place – from my phones and anybody’s computer – to individuals or groups – free. What am I missing? Why should I change?

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Aquadeo

Haha. Don’t think you are missing a thing (as long as you live in USA). The rest of us are looking for viable solutions… and there seems to be an abundance of viable contenders.

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pmshah

Viber has desktop application for ALL platforms. It works through your internet connection. Why do I need any of these. To top it all the much touted Mighty Text, if it works through cellular network inly, is useless in my opinion if it can’t do it over wifi and internet. I don’t need any application to text somebody over over 2G or 3G connection. The idea is also to save money !!!!

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Tche333

Turn your phone into a hotspot and you can control your phone without internet connection or network infrastructure: directly from phone to PC: Android WebControl

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CockHead

Title is misleading, it should say for Android phones… then you would lose a lot of traffic I suppose…

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Rahul

This could be a good alternative to avoid Distracted Driving. We at Endeavour developed a solution for a ISV which wanted to avoid users from sending / receiving text messages while driving. When I think back this text solution can avoid distraction since the messages can be auto-responded by setting triggers.

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Pandji

i use yahoo messenger just to send message

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Rahul P

I used Mighty Text. Worked without problem.

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Nevi

Try MooMle. It’s free and it works great!

It’s available on the Play Sotre