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How to Text From Your Computer: 10 Apps to View and Send Text Messages

Ben Stegner Updated 27-05-2020

Despite the convenience of instant messaging, SMS still plays an important role for automated alerts and messaging people with older phones. If you use SMS often, you might want to check your text messages online so you can respond faster with your computer keyboard.

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    As it turns out, there are many ways you can view and send text messages from the comfort of your computer. Here are the best apps for checking your SMS messages on a computer. Note that all of these solutions are for Android only, unless otherwise specified.

    1. iMessage (iOS, Mac)

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    iPhone users only have one real option for viewing texts on a computer. Apple doesn’t allow alternative SMS clients, so you have to use the built-in Messages app. While there are a few downsides to it, the default messaging and SMS app does come with plenty of great features. One of those is cloud sync, which allows you to read or reply to SMS messages using your Mac’s native Messages app.

    If you’re already using the Messages app but are unable to view the conversations from a Mac, you’ll have to enable iCloud Sync on your phone. To do that, go into Settings > [Your name] > iCloud and turn on Messages.

    Sadly, Windows users with an iPhone don’t have any official option for checking their iOS texts. We’ll look at a workaround option below.

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    2. Google Voice (Web)

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    Google Voice users can view their messages through the official web app. You can compose new messages, and it even supports media previews. On the same page, you also have access to your Google Voice phone logs, voicemail, and more.

    To use it, all you need to do is head over to the Google Voice website on your computer, sign in with your account, and you’re all set. If you don’t use Google Voice yet, you can get a number for free.

    Unlike most other solutions on the list, Google Voice’s web app doesn’t require a constant phone connection, since all your conversations are stored on Google’s servers. Unfortunately, Google Voice is limited to the US for now.

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    Visit: Google Voice (Free)

    3. Android Messages

    Google’s default SMS app on stock Android, Android Messages, has a web client as well. It features a Material Design theme and a familiar two-column layout, with support for individual and group conversations.

    In addition, you can enable dark mode from its settings. There’s an option for receiving notifications in your browser too.

    To get started, open the Android Messages website. Once there, fire up the Messages app on your phone and under the three-dot menu, tap Messages for web. Follow the steps to scan the code and you should be online in a few seconds.

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    In case you’d like to install Android Messages and don’t have a compatible Android phone, try sideloading the latest APK file.

    Download: Android Messages | Android Messages APK (Free)

    4. Pushbullet

    Apart from letting you quickly share files and mirror notifications from your phone to a PC, Pushbullet also has a dedicated SMS tab. You’ll find all your existing conversations there, and can view or reply with both text and media. It also supports starting new conversations.

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    If you didn’t enable SMS mirroring during Pushbullet’s setup process, launch the app on your phone. Then, swipe out from the left edge to reveal the navigation drawer and choose SMS. Enable SMS sync and you’ll be asked to grant the necessary permissions. Once that’s over, you should all set.

    On your computer, there are multiple ways you can view your messages. You can download the desktop apps or browser extensions, or sign in at the Pushbullet website. Note that you’re limited to 100 messages per month unless you pay for Pushbullet’s Pro plan.

    Download: Pushbullet for Android | Desktop (Free, subscription available)

    5. Pulse SMS

    Pulse is a third-party SMS client that offers lots of advanced features. This includes a wide range of themes to choose from, password protection, message scheduling, previews for web links, a ton of nifty shortcuts, and of course, the ability to get your texts on your computer. The Pulse web app functions a lot like Android Messages and comes with a modern, clean aesthetic.

    However, these supplementary features are not free. For syncing your SMS conversations across devices, Pulse charges a monthly fee of $1, or $6 for a year. Alternatively, you can pay a one-time fee of $11 for lifetime access.

    Download: Pulse SMS for Android | Web (Free, subscription available)

    6. MightyText

    If you’re looking for a comprehensive platform to use SMS on your computer, particularly for business purposes, try MightyText. Along with letting you text from your PC, MightyText has several extra utilities like an SMS scheduler, a multi-window mode where you can attend to numerous chats at once, and more.

    MightyText can do a lot of what Pushbullet offers, including notification mirroring. Because the free version has a monthly cap for how many SMS messages you can send, you have to purchase the subscription for unlimited access. It’s available as a web app and an extension for nearly all browsers.

    Download: MightyText for Android | Desktop (Free, subscription available)

    7. AirDroid

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    We’ve looked at AirDroid before, as it’s one of the best ways to access your Android phone from a computer Can I Control My Android Phone From My Computer? Want to control your Android device from a PC? Here are the best ways to control your phone from a PC. Read More . In addition to checking and sending texts, you can access photos, videos, and music, move files, and much more.

    To get started with AirDroid, install the app on your Android device. Once it’s ready, go to web.airdroid.com on your computer and you’ll see a QR code. Tap the Scan icon at the top of the screen on your phone and scan the QR code to connect the two.

    From there, just click the Messages icon in AirDroid to start managing your text messages. The free version has some limitations, but it’s fine for basic use. And while AirDroid offers an iOS version, it doesn’t let you access text messages.

    Download: AirDroid for Android | AirDroid Web (Free, subscription available)

    8. Your Phone (Windows 10)

    Microsoft has updated Windows 10 to include a feature called Your Phone. This makes it easy to manage certain aspects of your device right from your computer, including text messages.

    To set up Your Phone, first install the app on your Android device. Open it, then you’ll need to sign in with your Microsoft account and give it permissions to manage content. On your computer, go to Settings > Phone. Click Add a phone to open the Your Phone app and walk through the steps of signing in on your PC.

    As long as you’re signed in on both devices and have them on the same network, you can use Your Phone to send messages, view photos, and even make calls. Unlike other offerings, it doesn’t have any limitations or a paid subscription. And like AirDroid, Your Phone also works on iOS, but it can’t sync text messages on that platform.

    Download: Your Phone Companion for Android | Your Phone for Windows 10 (Free)

    9. Email to SMS Extension (Google Chrome)

    We’ve looked at all sorts of solutions for accessing your own text messages on your computer. For something a little different, check out a Chrome extension called Send Your Email to SMS.

    This extension adds a simple Mobile button when you’re composing a new message in Gmail. Click it, then enter the phone numbers you want to send the email to. This will send the recipient(s) a copy of your email via text message.

    It’s useful if you’re contacting someone who rarely checks their email, or if you work in Gmail all day and don’t want to open a separate app to send SMS reminders.

    Note that this extension only works for numbers in the US and Canada.

    Download: Send Your Email to SMS for Chrome (Free)

    10. Screen Mirroring (All)

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    If none of the above work for your needs, you can always try the somewhat-clumsy solution of screen mirroring. This allows you to replicate your phone’s entire display on your computer and interact with it just like you were using it. Of course, this means you can view your texts on your computer by opening your SMS app.

    There are many screen mirroring apps available, depending on what platforms you use. Some are free with limitations, while others are paid. To get started, see how to mirror your Android screen to a computer How to Mirror Your Android Screen to a PC or Mac Without Root Want to mirror your Android screen to a PC or Mac? Here's a free and easy way to share your Android's screen on your computer. Read More or how to mirror your iPhone or iPad on a Windows PC.

    Now You Can Text From Your PC Easily

    The majority of the apps we discussed are for Android users, since Apple doesn’t allow third-party SMS clients on iOS. But no matter whether you use SMS all the time or only once in a while, there’s an app here that lets you access your texts on your PC.

    If this wasn’t quite what you were looking for, check out some free web services that let you send texts 7 Sites to Send Free Text Messages to Cell Phones (SMS) SMS text messages are still useful! These texting websites will let you send SMS messages from your computer for free. Read More from another number. And see how you can put SMS to better use with these cool services.

    Related topics: Android Apps, Google Voice, iMessage, Instant Messaging, iOS Apps, Mac Apps, SMS, Windows Apps.

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    1. gJacked
      June 3, 2020 at 2:54 am

      Do any of these text to PC apps have the capability of saving a text conversation as a PDF or HTML file? Why do I still need a separate app to log a conversation?

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    4. Trisha
      May 16, 2017 at 6:23 pm

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    5. dan
      February 22, 2016 at 6:37 am

      I only have a Galaxy 4 Tablet - no Android phone. Can I still use MightyText? If so, how?
      Thanks,
      Dan

    6. Anonymous
      July 21, 2015 at 1:58 am

      I use AirMore to send and receive text messages from computer (both Windows and Mac). Nice!

      • Anonymous
        November 2, 2015 at 8:50 pm

        hii

    7. Anonymous
      June 24, 2015 at 1:25 am

      mighty text sucked! downloaded the app, all it did was say "success" and couldnt do anything else with it. contacted the developer, never heard from them.

      • Anonymous
        November 2, 2015 at 8:50 pm

        Hey...whats up??

      • Squalle
        February 20, 2016 at 1:11 pm

        That means it's good to go. You don't have to do anything else with it on your phone. Follow the instructions, man. Just go to the website it gives you to finish setting it up. Works great!

    8. Nevi
      November 2, 2013 at 3:51 pm

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

      It's available on the Play Sotre

    9. Rahul P
      October 10, 2013 at 2:56 pm

      I used Mighty Text. Worked without problem.

    10. Pandji
      October 9, 2013 at 9:24 am

      i use yahoo messenger just to send message

    11. Rahul
      October 7, 2013 at 9:11 am

      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.

    12. CockHead
      October 7, 2013 at 4:52 am

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

    13. Tche333
      September 30, 2013 at 9:02 pm

      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

    14. pmshah
      September 25, 2013 at 2:34 am

      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 !!!!

    15. spud
      September 18, 2013 at 4:28 pm

      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?

      • Aquadeo
        September 20, 2013 at 5:46 am

        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.

    16. Nazeem
      September 18, 2013 at 8:28 am

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

      • Aquadeo
        September 20, 2013 at 5:52 am

        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? :-)

      • pmshah
        September 25, 2013 at 2:37 am

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

    17. JackiMex
      September 18, 2013 at 4:07 am

      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.

    18. Ravindu G
      September 18, 2013 at 1:52 am

      Wammu on Linux http://wammu.eu/

    19. Kev Southey
      September 17, 2013 at 11:01 pm

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

    20. Paul Kelly
      September 17, 2013 at 8:10 pm

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

    21. Brian T.
      September 17, 2013 at 4:39 pm

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

    22. salkis
      September 17, 2013 at 4:16 pm

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

      • Yeah Whatever
        February 12, 2019 at 7:13 pm

        +1 for MyPhoneExplorer
        Works on pretty much any andoid (not ust Sony) - I'm using at present on a (Samsung) Note 9 and a LG v20.
        Works great with 3rd party SMS apps on phone also: I'm using Textra on the Note.
        Additional notes:
        -very little battery impact: maybe drains +5-6% over a working day
        -can be secured with a password on connection (optional)
        -can enable autostart on phone (so doesn't have to run continuously) (optional)
        -can share bi-directional clipboard between phone and pc
        -portable version available
        -Phone and PC must be on same network

        I have no financial or other interest in MPE outside of being a satisfied user for the last 4 years.

    23. AnthonyL
      September 17, 2013 at 4:14 pm

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

    24. Aquadeo
      September 17, 2013 at 3:41 pm

      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.

    25. Aquadeo
      September 17, 2013 at 3:20 pm

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

      • Stephanie S
        September 20, 2013 at 5:19 am

        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.

    26. CMYKirk
      September 17, 2013 at 3:15 pm

      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.

    27. CMYKirk
      September 17, 2013 at 3:15 pm

      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.

    28. KCork
      September 17, 2013 at 2:54 pm

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

      • Hillary
        September 26, 2013 at 9:00 am

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

    29. Mladen Stariha
      September 17, 2013 at 12:37 pm

      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!!!

    30. David Frascone
      September 17, 2013 at 12:35 pm

      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.

    31. carol
      September 17, 2013 at 11:24 am

      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.

      • Brian
        September 17, 2013 at 3:35 pm

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

    32. Nicolas Loots
      September 17, 2013 at 11:02 am

      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.

    33. Fat Rasputin
      September 16, 2013 at 9:34 am

      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.

    34. James F P
      September 15, 2013 at 10:47 pm

      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]

      • Zero
        September 17, 2013 at 11:55 pm

        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.

    35. James F P
      September 15, 2013 at 10:42 pm

      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]

    36. Peter Sichel
      September 15, 2013 at 1:40 am

      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

    37. Declan L
      September 14, 2013 at 7:33 pm

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

    38. Frank J
      September 14, 2013 at 1:30 pm

      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.

    39. Thomas H
      September 14, 2013 at 5:44 am

      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

    40. Richard
      September 14, 2013 at 1:55 am

      I use the SMS in Yahoo Messenger.

      • art
        October 11, 2013 at 1:56 pm

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

        Art

    41. Emmanuel
      September 14, 2013 at 1:04 am

      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.

      • Matt M
        September 14, 2013 at 1:49 am

        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 ;)

    42. Matt Miller
      September 14, 2013 at 12:52 am

      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.

    43. Suzanne S
      September 14, 2013 at 12:45 am

      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.

      • Ms Hanson
        September 17, 2013 at 12:50 pm

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

      • Eric L
        September 17, 2013 at 3:25 pm

        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.

    44. registereduser1946
      September 14, 2013 at 12:26 am

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

    45. Juan Carlos Pelayo Santos
      September 13, 2013 at 11:59 pm

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

      • Ole F
        September 14, 2013 at 9:13 am

        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 :-(

      • Hillary
        September 26, 2013 at 9:01 am

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