There’s nothing like a full-blown keyboard for typing. Even though touchscreens have gotten better, more responsive, typing with two thumbs will always be beaten by typing with all ten fingers.
Interestingly enough, some app developers agree (so does Apple) and there are ways to use your real keyboard and text from your computer instead of the phone. This ability is one I actually love when I’m working –receiving and sending texts from my computer while my phone is comfortably plugged it on the desk.
I figured I wasn’t alone in this enjoyment so if you also want to be able to text from a computer, here’s how to set it up regardless of whether you have iOS or Android.
If you happen to have an iPhone and also own a Mac then this is pretty easy to do. Both devices have iMessage built in so with just making sure a few settings are turned on you can easily send messages from your computer and have your iPhone deliver them.
At this point, you can open Messages on the computer and you are good to go.
If you have an iPhone but use Windows for your computer, you’re in for a bit of a headache. Simply put, there is no easy solution to get text messages setup on Windows, but, if you are willing to jailbreak your iPhone, there is a way…
After that you can send and receive texts from the browser on your PC.
Even though Google made Hangouts able to send and receive SMS on your Android phone, you still cannot use Hangouts on a desktop to send text messages so you have to rely on a third party app.
Regardless of whether you have Windows or Mac, you’ll need to download and setup the same app/Chrome extension on both (most work through the browser so they’ll work regardless of the OS of the computer anyway).
My two favorite SMS clients for Android are Pushbullet and MightyText, each is very similar but Pushbullet is a little cleaner looking in my opinion. The big difference in them is the amount of free texts they allow –100/month for Pushbullet and 500/month in MightyText. After you reach that limit you’ll have to pay the same $4.99/month (or $39.96/year) to send more than that.
If you want a totally free option though, you can use MySMS.
There you go, the easiest way to send sms from a computer. Try it out and let me know in the comments below what you think of it or if you have another app you prefer to use.