SMS and texting have come a long way in recent years. It wasn’t long ago that you had to pick up your phone in order to send a text or SMS to your friends. Now you have the option to do so from your PC. There isn’t a large selection of apps that can do this, but the ones available are actually pretty good. Here are the best apps to send text and SMS from your PC instead of your phone.
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[Price: Free / $1.99 per month / $19.99 per year / $38.99 per two years]
AirDroid is a popular name in the texting from PC space. You’ll be able to send texts and SMS from your PC fairly easily. It’s also quick to set up. It also has a host of other features including file transfers, backup and sync, contact management, and even the ability to record screenshots from your PC. It’s a powerful app that can do some awesome things. The premium version is a subscription model with a fairly reasonable price tag. With it, you’ll be able to send larger files, transfer entire folders, transfer an unlimited number of files, and more.
[Price: Free trial / $4.99]
Join is one of the newer options to send text and SMS from your PC. It uses the typical style where you install the app on your phone and then you install the extension on your browser. You’ll then be able to do stuff in your browser instead of your phone. On top of sending texts and SMS, the app can also show you notifications, share your clipboard between devices, access Tasker and Google Assistant, send files, take screenshots, set your wallpaper, and even share your location. It’s also one of the few that has a pay-once price after the 30-day free trial.
[Price: Free / $6.99 per month / $59.99 per year]
MightyText is a popular option for a lot of people. It offers the basics, including the ability to view notifications, send texts, send MMS, and even some fun stuff like low battery alerts. The free version of the app lets you send 250 texts per month. The pro version is a $4.99/month subscription service that removes the text limit, lets you see live notifications, and gives you a few other features. It’s not bad for what it costs and works pretty well.
[Price: Free / $9.99 per year]
mysms is not as well known as some of its competitors, but it’s still a pretty decent option. Its claim to fame is that you don’t need a browser extension to make it work. It has native apps for iOS, Android, Microsoft Windows, iPad, Mac OS, and there is a Chrome extension if you want it. The basic app lets you send and receive text messages from your PC. The pro version gives you a bunch of other features as well. Comparatively speaking, the subscription cost for this one is lower than everybody else’s. That makes it the cheapest non-free option available on the list.
[Price: Free / $4.99 per month / $39.99 per year]
Pushbullet caught some fire for being among the first of these services to charge money. However, they are still among the best apps to send text and SMS from your PC. It uses the typical browser extension method along with installing the app on your phone. On top of sending texts, you can send files, see notifications, and a bunch of other things. You can use the service for free but you’re limited to 100 text messages per month. Upgrading to the pro subscription will remove all restrictions.
[Price: Free with in-app purchases]
TextFree is something a little different. It’s a web app (accessible from any browser) that lets you send free text messages to anybody. The catch is that you can’t do it from your own phone number. The service gives you a random phone number that you can use to text people with. Sending text and SMS messages from the app is free, but you will have to pay for minutes if you want to call someone using the service. It’s a neat way to send texts as long as you don’t mind it not being from your normal phone number. They also have an Android app that you can download by clicking here.
Send text or SMS from your PC using your email
Believe it or not, you can actually send texts through your email client. It’s a huge bother to set up, but it actually works pretty well once you do. The general idea is that every text is sent through what is called an SMS gateway. This gateway is essentially an email address that forwards your text to the relevant device based on its number. Let’s do an example for someone who is on US Cellular in the United States:
- US Cellular’s SMS gateway is firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Your friends number is 614-867-5309.
- Thus, you’d send an email to email@example.com.
With this method, you can send text and SMS from your PC using your email client without any additional apps. You can do this in many countries as well. The only caveat is that the MMS gateway may be different from the SMS gateway so you’ll want to limit your messages to 160 characters or risk it not going through. Of course, you could always just find the MMS gateway and send it that way. Additionally, some carriers, such as T-Mobile, require you to use the country code along with the phone number. You can find a list of most SMS and MMS gateways by clicking here. You can also see what carrier any given phone number has by using this nifty online tool. This is also an amazing way to send a quick text if you happen to lose your phone entirely.
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