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Texting has its ups and downs. On the one hand, it’s a fast and convenient mode of conversation that everyone uses. On the other, it’s still slower and more prone to typos than typing by a traditional keyboard. Wouldn’t it be great to get the best of both worlds?

Well, it’s possible!

The answer is to send SMS texts directly from your computer, which enables you to type your messages in less time with fewer typos, plus it allows you to take advantage of certain advanced tools like text expanders What Is Text Expansion & How Can It Help You Save Time? What Is Text Expansion & How Can It Help You Save Time? If you could save yourself even a small fraction of the time you spend typing, you could save hours of your time every week. That's exactly what text expansion is for. Read More . And best of all, there are several different ways to make this happen.

Here are some of the best and easiest ways to send an SMS text message from your Windows PC for free.

Textfree

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Pinger is the company behind Textfree, a mobile and web app that facilitates the sending of free SMS texts by providing you with a U.S.-based phone number. These messages are regular SMS messages, so you can send them to anyone, even if they don’t use a Textfree app.

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Other supported features include group messaging, MMS photo messaging, international messaging, and voicemails.

Pinger offers an awesome standalone app called Pinger Desktop Pinger Desktop - The Best Desktop Texting Application [Mac OSX & Windows] Pinger Desktop - The Best Desktop Texting Application [Mac OSX & Windows] Over a year ago, I introduced MakeUseOf readers to Textfree. Since then, a lot has changed. I still use Textfree to this very day, and the entire application has been rebranded as Pinger. If you... Read More , but recently decided to cease acceptance of new Pinger Desktop accounts due to a greater focus on mobile apps instead. Fortunately, it’s similar enough to Textfree Web that you won’t lose out on much with the latter.

Texting is free to the United States, Canada, and these international countries.

Pushbullet

Pushbullet has been a fan favorite app for a couple of years now. It started out as a simple way to forward notifications and transfer files between your mobile device and your desktop computer Fastest Ways to Transfer Files Between PCs and Mobile Devices Fastest Ways to Transfer Files Between PCs and Mobile Devices File transfers have never been faster than they are today. But to move data between devices can still seem slow and inconvenient. We have you covered with solutions for cross-device file transfers. Read More , but has recently evolved into something much more.

In late 2014, Pushbullet added the ability to send SMS texts from your computer through your phone. Then, in 2015, they expanded the feature so that messages are synced across all of your devices and you can have full conversations regardless of which device you’re on at the time.

As of now, the feature is guaranteed to work as long as you’re using Pushbullet on Android 4.4+ as well as the Pushbullet Chrome extensions or the Pushbullet desktop app.

MightyText + GText

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MightyText is an awesome little app that can synchronize an Android smartphone’s messages with Android tablets and any of the mainstream browsers (Chrome, Firefox, Opera, Safari, and IE). It’s very useful and worth checking out if you haven’t alrady.

But for the purposes of sending an SMS from your desktop, you’ll need to install a secondary Chrome extension called GText. This extension modifies your Gmail inbox with a Compose SMS button (but first you’ll have to authorize the extension to access your inbox).

Learn more by checking out our overview of sending text messages with MightyText and Gmail Gtext From MightyText: Send SMS From Gmail, Using Your Android Phone Number Gtext From MightyText: Send SMS From Gmail, Using Your Android Phone Number Read More .

AirDroid

Like Pushbullet and MightyText, AirDroid is another app that makes it easy to check your SMS texts from your computer 3 Ways to Send and Check SMS Messages from Your PC 3 Ways to Send and Check SMS Messages from Your PC Do you often get distracted by SMS alerts on your mobile while working on the computer? Switching from one device to another is major interruption of your work flow, so tools that help you stay... Read More . It works by synchronizing your devices together, allowing you to read and write SMS texts right from your computer in real-time.

All you need is the AirDroid app on your Android smartphone. Then, you can synchronize using the Windows client or the AirDroid web client (or the OS X client if you also have a Mac lying around somewhere).

But what’s great about the latest version of AirDroid is that it’s about more than just synchronization. It has a bunch of advanced features that make it easy to manage your entire smartphone remotely, including: mirroring the device’s screen on your computer, answering or rejecting calls, file transfers, contact list management, and more.

Learn more in our overview of AirDroid 3 features How Do I Manage My Android From My PC? Meet AirDroid 3 How Do I Manage My Android From My PC? Meet AirDroid 3 For a seamless connection between your Android and your PC or Mac, you've got to try AirDroid 3. You can even mirror your device's screen to your computer! Read More . Be aware that some advanced features (like unlimited file transfers or remote access to the mobile camera) are only available in AirDroid Premium, which starts at $1.99 per month.

Google Voice & Google Hangouts

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Do you remember Google Voice? It peaked in popularity a few years ago, but it’s still around and still quite useful — not just for setting up call forwarding How To Set Up Call Forwarding With Google Voice How To Set Up Call Forwarding With Google Voice Read More , but also for a bunch of other neat uses 5 Awesome Things You Can Do With Google Voice 5 Awesome Things You Can Do With Google Voice Blog from your phone, call Canada for free or use your computer to make free phone calls. Google Voice isn't the easiest Google service to explain to non-techies, partially because it can be used for... Read More like sending and receiving texts.

That’s right. As soon as you claim a Google Voice number, which only takes a few minutes at most, you can start sending SMS texts from that new number. Seriously, it doesn’t get much easier than this.

You can also send SMS texts through Google Voice using Google Hangouts. Not only is Hangouts one of the best Android messaging apps The Best All-In-One Messaging & Calling App For Android: Google Hangouts The Best All-In-One Messaging & Calling App For Android: Google Hangouts What if there was one app that could do it all? Meet Google Hangouts for Android. Read More available, the new Hangouts web client Google Finally Made a Hangouts Web App & It's Worth It Google Finally Made a Hangouts Web App & It's Worth It For the longest time, Hangouts on desktop was a nightmare. Now, it has got a major update on the web in the form of an all new dedicated web app. Read More is sleek, beautiful, and worthwhile. To get it working, you’ll have to enable Google Voice integration in the Hangouts settings.

Note: Google Voice is only available to residents of the U.S. so international users will need to resort to another service instead.

Microsoft Outlook

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Did you know it was possible to send SMS texts using Microsoft Outlook? The process is a little more involved than some of the solutions offered above, but as long as you can get it up and running successfully, it works well enough — especially if Outlook is already part of your regular toolset.

The easiest way is to set up an account with a third-party service that supports the Outlook Mobile Service (OMS) protocol. Fortunately, this can be done through a painless step-by-step wizard within Outlook itself.

In the ribbon, navigate to the Home tab, then click on New Items, then select Text Message (SMS). This will launch the wizard that configures your Outlook account with a nearby third-party service.

Note: This feature is only available in Microsoft Outlook 2010. It was removed in Microsoft Outlook 2013. Also, some services may charge a fee on top of any mobile carrier fees you might incur per text message.

Online Text Message

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There are so many “free SMS text” services on the web that it would be impossible to list all of them to satisfaction. However, we’ve covered a few of them in our list of free online SMS services The Best Ways To Send A Free SMS Online The Best Ways To Send A Free SMS Online In an era where smartphone ownership is becoming the majority, it’s hard to imagine someone who can’t (or won’t) send out text messages. When was the last time you knew someone who didn’t have a... Read More so check them out if you prefer an on-demand method with very little hassle (e.g. no account creation).

Online Text Message is one of the better ones but it comes with a few caveats. It’s quick and painless to use, but you must be at least 18 years old to use it legally. It also has a less-than-ideal privacy policy that will scare away most privacy freaks Do You Ever Actually Read Privacy Policies? [MakeUseOf Poll] Do You Ever Actually Read Privacy Policies? [MakeUseOf Poll] Spotify is far from the only tech company to take such liberties, which leads us to wonder whether any of you ever actually read privacy policies? Read More .

Long story short: In exchange for using this free service, Online Text Message collects your email address, phone number, and IP address. Messages are also limited to 100 characters. That’s the price to pay for instant convenience.

Sending Text Messages Is Easy

You have so many options and we’re confident that at least one of them will work out well for you. Give them all a try, though, and let us know which one you end up liking the best. As for me? I’m particularly impressed by the ease of use from Google Voice and Google Hangouts.

If you’re still looking for more ways to make your SMS life easier, consider these alternative SMS apps for Android Text Better With These Alternative SMS Apps For Android Text Better With These Alternative SMS Apps For Android Don't like your default SMS app? Try a new one! Read More and these Android SMS scheduling apps Send It Later: 4 Useful SMS Scheduling Apps To Text At Just The Right Time [Android] Send It Later: 4 Useful SMS Scheduling Apps To Text At Just The Right Time [Android] MS messages have become one of the most common forms of communication. They can also be extremely flexible, with scheduling and delivery reports. While delivery reports are usually included in stock SMS apps, scheduling is... Read More , both of which will improve your overall smartphone experience.

What’s your favorite method of sending SMS texts from a Windows computer? We told you our favorites, now it’s time for you to tell us yours. Share in the comments below!

  1. Barry
    July 2, 2016 at 3:10 pm

    I used to use MightyText but now they have a 250 messages per month limit with their free service so now I use PushBullet. Thanks for the article!

    • Joel Lee
      July 13, 2016 at 8:28 pm

      You're welcome Barry! Let us know how you like PushBullet compared to MightyText if you don't mind. :)

      • Barry
        July 15, 2016 at 7:47 pm

        I like it but I prefer MightyText for the notification system and it loads messages faster

  2. Susan Bellwood
    September 26, 2015 at 3:22 pm

    I use Pushbullet, works like a charm. If I leave my phone in another room and I get a text, it shows up on my pc and I can answer it from my pc.

    • Joel Lee
      September 26, 2015 at 7:17 pm

      Nice! Pushbullet really is a game-changer. Everyone should give it a try at least once.

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