How to Send and Receive Text Messages on an Android Tablet

Joel Lee 30-06-2017

Just the other day, I was reading an ebook on my tablet when I heard a chime from my phone — I’d received a text message. But I was on my couch, my phone was on my desk, and I was feeling lazy.


So I began to wonder: wouldn’t it be great if I could sync the text messages on my phone to my tablet so I’d never find myself in this position again? And as it turns out, yes, it is possible.

Syncing Text Messages Between Tablet and Phone

All you need is a free app called MySMS (on your phone) and MySMS Tablet (on your tablet). With it, you can read and write text messages on your phone using your tablet from anywhere.

Setting Up Your Phone

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Upon launching the app for the first time, you’ll be met with a welcome screen and a Sign in with Google button. Tap it and select the account you want to use. If you don’t see the account you want, tap Add account and go through the steps as presented.

Once you’ve signed in, you’ll see the home screen that says Ready to use. The instructions tell you to visit a URL with a web browser on your computer (yes, MySMS also lets you sync texts with a PC), but ignore that for now and move onto your tablet.

Setting Up Your Tablet

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As with the phone, your first time launching the app will be met with a welcome screen and a Sign in with Google button. Select the same account that you used on your phone (add it if you don’t see it), then wait for it to connect and load all of your synced messages. It’s that simple.

Sending Text Messages From Your Tablet

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MySMS has an extremely clean and intuitive interface — one of the best I’ve seen for a text messaging app. All of your conversations are on the left, and you just select between them. The only “problem” is that there’s a noticeable delay (up to 10 seconds at times) between hitting Send on the tablet and the message actually getting sent on your phone.

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Your contacts are also synced from phone to tablet, meaning you can easily strike up new conversations with anyone. MySMS also supports MMS messages, which include group texts and image attachments 10 Fun Phone Games to Play Over Text With Your Friends Here are some of the best games to play over text right now without needing to download or install anything on your phone. Read More .

But Wait, Is MySMS Truly Free?

Yes and no.

It’s free in the sense that you can send and receive an unlimited number of text messages every month. This is a huge feature when compared to other apps of its kind, which limit you to 100 or 200 or however many text messages per month. MySMS doesn’t restrict you in this way.

However, there are two potential hang-ups:

  1. Free users cannot view messages older than 31 days.
  2. Free users may have a “via MySMS” signature tacked on every 50 or so sent messages, similar to “Sent from my iPhone.”

Other than that, MySMS is available to use on phones, tablets, and computers indefinitely with basic messaging features: send, receive, search, attachments, and group texts. For most, that’s more than enough. For power users, you’ll want a Premium account.

Advanced Features for Premium Users

A MySMS Premium account costs $10 per year. You can initiate a free 14-day trial within the app after you set it up. Here are all the nifty additional features that make the Premium account worthwhile.

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Save and restore messages. MySMS keeps your messages synced to their servers so that if you ever need to reset your device or reinstall the app, you can immediately restore the state of your inbox.

Archive messages to cloud storage. Save your text messages forever by storing them on a cloud storage host like Dropbox or Google Drive. MySMS can also forward messages to an email account.

Export messages. MySMS can export all of your messages as a single text file. This is a good way to keep local backups if you don’t trust third-party storage. The file can also be read like any normal text file.

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Schedule messages for later. If you know you’re going to send a text later but don’t want to forget, schedule it for a future date and time. You can also get this feature with one of these text message scheduling apps.

Sync messages with another phone. If you have two phones and want to keep all your texts synced on both of them, MySMS can do that. You’ll need to install the special MySMS Mirror app.

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Manage call logs. Access, browse, and edit your phone’s call logs from your tablet. It’s a great way to check recent calls without needing to get up and find your phone.

Remote calling. You’ll receive notifications of incoming calls, and you can start, dismiss, or mute from your tablet. You can also initiate outgoing calls on your phone from your tablet. The call itself is still on the phone.

Other Alternatives to MySMS

MySMS isn’t the only way to send and receive text messages on an Android tablet. I just think it’s the best option currently available. If you don’t like it for whatever reason, there are a handful of alternatives you can try instead.

  • Yappy — Syncs messages and notifications between phones, tablets, and PCs. Like MySMS, free users can send and receive unlimited messages, but it’s ad-supported and messages are only retained for 14 days. To remove ads and unlock more features, Yappy Pro costs $5 per month.
  • Join — Much more powerful than just syncing messages. You can remotely access notifications, clipboards, web pages, screens, files, and more. The app only costs a one-time $5 payment. No free version, but there is a free 30-day trial.
  • MightyText — Similar to Pushbullet with many of the features it offers, but it’s ad-supported and limited to 200 messages per month for free users. Premium costs $60 per year.
  • Pushbullet — It can do everything MySMS does plus more (e.g., encryption, file transfer between devices, mirror notifications) but is limited to 100 messages per month for free users. Premium costs $40 per year.

Regardless of which app you choose, you no longer have to carry both your tablet and phone everywhere you go. While these apps don’t let you make remote calls, rest assured that there are ways to make phone calls with an Android tablet How to Call Phones from Your Android Tablet If you want to make calls from your Android tablet, these apps can help you out. Read More .

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Know of any other Android apps that let you text from a tablet? Got any other Android tablet tips? Share with us in the comments below!

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  1. Chris
    July 9, 2017 at 5:03 pm

    T-mobile Digits will allow you to send / receive texts and voice calls across Android / iOS phones and tablets, and Macs and PCs...*technically* free if you subscribe to T-mo's One Plus service.

  2. Cre8tive
    July 3, 2017 at 1:00 pm

    Is there an option for sending/receiving text from an iPhone and an Android tablet?

    • Joel Lee
      July 3, 2017 at 7:03 pm

      Hey Cre8tive, unfortunately most of the apps above require an Android PHONE as the main texting device. Other devices like iPhones, iPads, and Android Tablets can be used as secondary to the Android phone.

      As far as I know, PushBullet is the only one that supports iPhone as the main texting device -- but I don't have an iPhone so I cannot test if it works with an Android Tablet secondary device. Fortunately PushBullet has a free version, so try it out and see if it works. Report back and let us know how it went!

  3. Bad_Attitude
    June 30, 2017 at 3:04 pm

    I've used Google Voice for years on android tablets, phones and PC. It's actually gotten pretty good over the years, for what I need. Of course it will be a different number than the one used for your carrier.

    • RannXeroxx
      July 3, 2017 at 9:19 pm

      If you are in the US then Google Voice is the best universal phone and text service and it's free.

  4. TheMoron
    June 30, 2017 at 2:39 pm

    I use Pulse across Huawei Mate9, Lenovo Android tablet, home PC and HP laptop