7 Sites to Send Free Text Messages to Cell Phones (SMS)

Dan Price Updated 16-07-2019

Even though users are slowly moving away from SMS text messages to other forms of text messaging, SMS text messages still have their uses.


But did you know that it’s possible to text someone from your computer? Indeed, many texting websites let you send free SMS messages. Many don’t even have a registration process.

Here are the best sites to send free text messages to cell phones.

1. TextEm

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TextEm lets you send free text messages, but you need first to create an account. Although some people may prefer to send a message anonymously, having an account brings some notable benefits.

For example, you can curate a list of frequently used contacts and—depending on the recipient’s carrier—get replies back into your TextEm inbox. If the carrier does not support responses to TextEm, you can set up email replies instead.


More than 100 carriers from the United States and Canada are supported. If you need to send a message to a number outside North America, it is not the service for you.

TextEm does not support bulk messaging; you cannot send the same message to several numbers at the same time. Don’t worry, some of the other services we’ll discuss do have the feature.

2. SendSMSnow

sendsmsnow free sms

SendSMSnow is another free SMS service which requires you to create an account before you can send messages.


Once you do make an account, you can generate a phonebook of contacts, add profile pictures, and receive replies to your messages in your personal inbox.

SendSMSnow also supports group messaging, though it is not free. For every message you send, you will be charged one cent for every user in the group. For example, a single SMS sent to a 20-person group would cost $0.20.

In theory, the service works with cell phone numbers worldwide. We have no way to verify the claims, but you can reasonably expect most North American and Europe carriers to be supported.

The number of characters in messages is capped at 130.


3. Txt2Day [Broken URL Removed]

txt2day free sms

Txt2Day lets you send free text messages online with no registration. That makes the service perfect for sending one-off messages without exposing all your personal information (perhaps, for example, if you’ve accidentally left your phone and home and urgently need to get in contact with someone).

The list of supported carriers is smaller than that offered by TextEm and SendSMSnow. It is predominately focused on the large US companies, though there’s also support for a few European and Mexican ones such as Movistar, Telcel, T Mobile UK, and Vodafone Italy.

Because you do not need to create an account to send messages, there is no way to receive replies on the site. As such, the service is unsuitable for back-and-forth conversations. Some carriers support email replies, but it’s hit-and-miss at best.


Your messages on Txt2Day can be up to 140 characters long.

4. OpenTextingOnline

opentextingonline free sms

OpenTextingOnline is a texting website that lets you send free SMS messages online without creating an account.

It works with carriers in about 50 countries. Most of North America and the European Union is covered, but so too are some less-common locations like India, Nepal, Panama, and New Zealand. Just be aware that not all the carriers in all the countries are supported. For more exotic locations, you might find only one or two work.

Again, because you do not need to make an account, you cannot receive replies to your messages. And unlike Txt2Day, email replies are not available.

The maximum number of characters per message is 140.

5. txtDrop

txtdrop free sms

txtDrop is a well-established name in the world of free SMS online. It’s been operational since 2013 and according to its own statistics has successfully delivered almost 25 million messages in that time.

You don’t need to create an account, but you can receive replies in your email inbox should you wish.

txtDrop is also unique in that it offers a macOS widget. If you install it, you will be able to send messages directly from your Mac desktop without needing to visit the official site. And if you run a website, there’s even a widget you can use on your page.

The service only lets you send free messages to the United States and Canada. Other locations are not supported.

6. Send Anonymous SMS

send anoymous sms free sms

Another way to send free text messages online with no registration is to head to Send Anonymous SMS.

As the name suggests, the service requires no personal details in order for you to send a free text message. So, if you want to prank someone, fire off a quick message, or just use a service to anonymously contact people, this service might be the answer.

Unlike the other free SMS sites we’ve mentioned, you can theoretically spoof a phone number that’ll show on the other person’s screen when they receive the message. It is unclear how that would work, but it’s worth a shot if you’re trying to pull off a prank. Just make sure you stay on the right side of the law.

Send Anonymous SMS has a maximum of 145 characters and supports more than 80 different countries around the world.

7. TextEmNow

textemnow free sms

The final service we like is TextEmNow. The main reason that it’s worth recommending is because of the site’s higher character count. Unlike most free SMS sites—which have a limit of around 150 characters—TextEmNow lets you write messages that are up to 300 characters long.

The site’s developers also claim they do not log any IP addresses. We can’t say whether it’s true, but every other texting site we have discussed explicitly say they do log IPs (for spam/abuse monitoring), so TextEmNow’s approach is a refreshing change.

Technically, you can use TextEmNow to text any mobile number in the world, but as we’ve seen elsewhere, location-specific restrictions may apply.

Sending Free Text Messages From a Computer

In summary, yes you can text someone from your computer for free. But the service that’s right for you depends on a few factors:

  • Where is the recipient based?
  • Do you need to be able to receive replies?
  • Is anonymity a critical feature?
  • Do you want to use a privacy-conscious service?

If you would like to learn more about using SMS, check out our articles on how to use SMS in a clever way Make SMS Useful Again: 7 Services That Use SMS Messages Cleverly You might think SMS is too old-school to be useful, but these apps and services prove that SMS text messages are still useful. Read More and how to view SMS messages on your computer How to Text From Your Computer: 10 Apps to View and Send Text Messages Here's how to view and send text messages on your computer, whether you use Android or iPhone and Windows or Mac. Read More .

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  1. Richard
    February 27, 2020 at 4:34 pm

    One downside of some of these is you need to know the provider of the subscriber that you're sending to. TextPort have a free SMS page where you can send a text without knowing the provider. The message is delivered whether you know the provider or not.

  2. marcus
    January 31, 2020 at 2:26 am

    This one works in 2020

  3. Rico
    September 15, 2019 at 10:37 pm

    I tried TxtEmNow (TEN). Avoid. Based on the other comments, the other sites are the same. Did the author verify any of these sites before pronouncing "we like" them?

    With TEN, you send a message then wind up on a page that says, "Please allow up to an hour for delivery of your free anonymous text message. Some messages may be delayed longer depending on the amount of users using our service."

    Hmmm. Then they say, "Due to high server load your message is currently pending delivery, please refresh this page for the latest update."

    High server load - right. I left the page - actually two pages for two 'messages' - open over night. In the morning, after refreshing, they were still saying the same thing. My guess is they get ad view payments every time you refresh the page.

    • mario
      January 25, 2020 at 2:20 am

      All of those sites seem dated!
      Try one of the modern platforms like to send sms
      I think they give 5-6 sms free with a new signup

  4. Umair
    September 5, 2019 at 12:47 pm

    How can I create my own "web to phone sms" service?

    There are lot of free services. I guess it is not that hard to create your own, but the point is how.

  5. TJ
    September 2, 2019 at 1:21 am

    Has MUO tested these sites? I've tested SendAnonymousSMS and no text ever arrived, so it makes me suspect it's just collecting phone numbers. How much spam generated for recipient and sender for any of them?

  6. Mark
    July 26, 2019 at 2:38 pm

    txtdrop does not work for me.

    Every attempt just results in an "operation failed" window. Doesn't say what is wrong or why it failed.


  7. Recharge1
    May 4, 2019 at 4:49 am

    Thank you for this non sharable information of free SMS to phones from websites.

  8. Sam Smith
    October 10, 2018 at 7:03 pm

    Most of the sites don't work. I think this article needs to be re-written. It is a list from 2009.
    The site that seems to work for me is:

    • Kris
      April 9, 2020 at 8:08 pm

      This one works but does not deliver any replies to the Optional e-mail entered.
      Also, limits you to 5 free SMS sent messages per day.

  9. me
    August 4, 2018 at 5:06 pm

    none of those work!.....

  10. p
    July 20, 2018 at 2:25 pm

    Thanks to OP
    !!Does work !!
    Why do people talk s**t?

    • Mike Hunt
      July 26, 2019 at 3:11 pm

      P you are full of manure!!! they do NOT work you 5hithead!!!!

    • Kris
      April 9, 2020 at 8:01 pm

      I was only able to get TextEmNow to work for me. I am unable to lookup the carrier for all my recipients so I tried SendSMSNow and a few others not listed here. So far, TextEmNow is the only that delivered my test message to me and allowed me to respond.

  11. furfington blurff
    June 22, 2018 at 6:34 pm

    i can confirm that not a single one of those sites worked for sending a text.

    i used several (2...3...5) different numbers, each from a different service provider and not one single text went thru.

    one of the websites didnt do was some sort of company advertisement

  12. jayaraj
    May 21, 2018 at 4:50 am

    why comments are not encouraging?

  13. Artem
    February 19, 2018 at 7:48 pm

    i use
    You can use private Russian and Chinese number to receive SMS online
    there are free numbers

  14. Masendav
    February 17, 2018 at 6:24 pm

    great job :(
    10 bullshit sites...why "journalist" - WHY?!

  15. jackspiel
    November 14, 2017 at 10:19 am

    a collection of garbage none of the so-called services works

  16. Robert
    September 1, 2017 at 3:56 pm

    SendSMSNow is also bogus!

  17. Robert
    September 1, 2017 at 3:40 pm

    24sms does not work. Tested 3 texts. one arrived partially. The other two never arrived.

  18. Mike Stone
    August 28, 2017 at 6:17 pm

    Mighty Text?

  19. txtshit
    August 28, 2017 at 5:52 pm

    How many have you checked? to see if they send? Because i know at least 4 you listed that are bullshite

    • Mike Hunt
      July 26, 2019 at 3:12 pm

      P155 off 5hithead!!