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How to View and Send SMS Text Messages on Your Computer

Shubham Agarwal Updated 14-12-2019

Despite the onset of instant messaging, SMS still plays a critical role in your digital life for purposes like bank alerts. Unfortunately, for most phones, there’s no straightforward way to manage SMS conversations on a desktop.


It’s usually not a good idea to delay checking SMS messages for too long, as it could end up hampering your workflow. Fortunately, there are ways you can view and send text messages from your the comfort of your computer.

Here are the best apps for checking your SMS messages on a computer.

1. iMessage (iOS, Mac)


iOS users have it easy. Apple doesn’t allow alternative SMS clients, so have to live with the preloaded Messaging app. While there are a few downsides to it, the default SMS app does come with a host of handy features. And one of those is cloud sync that allows you to read or reply to SMS messages from your Mac’s native Messaging app.

If you’re already using the Messaging 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 there, turn on Messages.

Sadly, Windows users have no option for this if they own an iPhone. And if you own an Android device, you can use iMessage with a Mac and AirMessage How to Use iMessage on Android With AirMessage and a Mac iMessage was only officially available on Apple devices. Using AirMessage, you can now enjoy iMessage on your Android device. Read More .

2. Google Voice (Web)

Google Voice

Google Voice subscribers have an option to 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 phone logs, voicemail, and more.

To use it, all you need to do is head over to the Google Voice website on your PC, sign in with your account, and you’re all set.

Unlike 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. But unfortunately, it’s limited to the United States for now.

3. Android Messages (Android)

Google’s default SMS app for phones running stock Android, Android Messages, has a web client as well. It features a Material Design theme and a familiar two-column layout.

In addition, you can enable dark mode from the settings. There’s an option for receiving notifications from your browser too. You can even commence both private and group conversations from the web app itself.

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 and you should be online in a few seconds.

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

Download: Android Messages | Messages APK (Free)

4. Pushbullet (Android)

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

What’s more, you even have the ability to send a new text message to an existing contact or any phone number.

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 expensive Pro plan.

Download: Pushbullet Apps (Free, subscription available)

5. Pulse SMS (Android)

Pulse is a third-party SMS client that offers a multitude of advanced features. That includes a wide range of themes to choose from, password protection, Giphy integration, previews for web links, a ton of nifty shortcuts, and of course, the ability to manage SMS messages from your computer. The Pulse web app functions similar to Android Messages and comes with a modern, clean aesthetic with all the tools you need.

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 (Free, subscription available)

6. MightyText (Android)

If you’re looking for a comprehensive platform and plan to an SMS app for business purposes, try MightyText. Along with letting you text from your computer, MightyText has a plethora of 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 will have to purchase the subscription for unlimited access. It’s available as a web app and an extension for nearly all browsers.

Download: MightyText (Free, subscription available)

Apps for Continuity Between Android and Mac

The majority of the apps we discussed are built for Android users since Apple doesn’t allow third-party SMS clients. Apple’s continuity features between iOS and macOS are usually enough to cover your multi-device needs.

Thankfully, Android’s wide ecosystem means you can easily replicate those. Here are some great apps for continuity between Android and a Mac and some cool services that make good use of SMS.

If you’d rather send SMSes from your computer using a web-based service 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 , try these options:

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    May 16, 2017 at 6:23 pm

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  4. 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?

  5. 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


  6. 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!

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

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

    It's available on the Play Sotre

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

    I used Mighty Text. Worked without problem.

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

    i use yahoo messenger just to send message

  10. 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.

  11. 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...

  12. 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

  13. 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 !!!!

  14. 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.

  15. 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!

  16. 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.

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

    Wammu on Linux

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

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

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

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

  20. 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!!

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

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

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      February 12, 2019 at 7:13 pm

      +1 for MyPhoneExplorer
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      -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.

  22. 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.

  23. 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.

  24. 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.

  25. 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.

  26. 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.

  27. 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.

  28. 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!!!

  29. 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.

  30. 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: or 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.

  31. 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.

  32. 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.

  33. 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.

  34. 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]

  35. 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!

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

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

  37. 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:
    Verizon, is
    T-Mobile, it is
    Alltel, the number is
    Sprint it is
    While it is free to send messages this way, standard text message rates apply to recipients because the messages are delivered as ordinary texts.

  38. 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

  39. 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?


  40. 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 ;)

  41. 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.

  42. 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.

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

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

  44. 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