When you are busy playing or getting started on your computer or laptop, the last thing you want to do is take your phone out of your pocket to respond to a text message. Fortunately for you, you can easily send text messages from your computer with iMessage or Android-compatible third-party apps. In this guide we will guide you through the process of easily sending text from your Mac or PC.
How to send texts via iMessage (iOS and MacOS)
Although iMessage previously only handled iMessages, later iterations of Apple's operating system include an option specifically designed to forward SMS messages directly to your Mac or other iOS device. Once configured correctly, you can quickly send messages from your computer to whatever known number you use the messaging app on your machine ̵
Step 2: Toggle iMessage and make sure you're signed in to the same iCloud account as all other devices using messaging, and also make sure all your devices are connected to the same Wi-Fi network.
Step 2a: On your Mac, open the Messages app and then select Messages then navigate to Settings and then select [1 9459014] iMessage .
Step 3: On your iPhone and after selecting Messages from the menu Settings : Press Forward text message, to switch directly to the right of the Apple device to which you want to send SMS, and then enter the six-digit verification code displayed on the device. If you do, you confirm that you want to send and receive messages from your iPhone on your Mac and confirm that you own the machine. Depending on your setting, you may not need to enter a confirmation code.
Once everything is configured, you can send text messages by clicking the pen icon above the contact list, specifying the desired recipients, and writing the message that you would normally do. However, keep in mind that the default 160-character text message limit still applies when using messages. A text longer than 160 characters is likely to count as two for billing purposes or more depending on how long it is.
However, you can send messages to other iOS and MacOS users for free, as long as they use messages. Remember that a normal text message is in a green bubble while an iMessage is in a blue bubble. This method works with both Mac and iOS.
How to send texts via Android messages (Android and PC)
This method works well for Android phone users and it doesn't matter what type of computer you use: You just need a browser and the Android Messages app. Android messaging lets Android smartphone owners type directly from a web interface, no matter what device they use. It works on desktops, laptops or even iOS devices. However, you need to set Android notifications as the default app on your phone, so be sure to do so before you begin.
Step 1: Go to the Android messaging home page.
Step 2: Open the Android Messages app on your phone.
Step 3: Click on the menu and select Messages for the Web.
Step 4: Press Scan QR code and use your handset to scan the QR code from the Android messaging home page. If you are not sure this is a guide on how to use QR codes with today's smartphones. This will link your device and your browser, and you will see messages and contacts that appear on your other device when they are synchronized.
Step 5: Use the web interface to chat with friends and family as you do on your Android smartphone.
If you want to keep the synchronization between devices so that you do not have to scan the QR code every time, just select Yes when the web interface asks if you want it to remember your computer.
Send texts via email
As our last option, you can send a text message to a mobile phone without the need of a third party service – you can do it directly within your email client by send the right operator. Don't know which mobile operator your friend is using? Find out about this.
For quick reference, we have compiled a list of some of the most common US service providers and their corresponding gateway addresses below. However, keep in mind that there are different addresses for regular messages (SMS) and those that contain photos and other media (MMS). For more information, check out our full article on how to send a text message via email.
|SMS Gateway||MMS Gateway|
|Alltel||@ text.wireless.alltel.com||@mms. alltelwireless.com|
|AT&T||@ txt.att.net||@ mms.att.net|
|Boost Mobile||@ sms.myboostmobile.com||@ myboostmobile.com|
|Sprint||@ messaging.sprintpcs.com||@ pm.sprint.com|
|T-Mobile||@ tmomail.net||@ tmomail.net|
|US Cellular||@ email.uscc .net||@ mms.uscc.net|
|Verizon||@ vtext.com||@ vzwpix.com|
|Virgin Mobile|| @ vmobl.com  @ vmpix.com  Note: For T-Mobile, include 1 which is the US country code, before phone number.