Android Texting AssistantsIn the Android region, the mostly) free app called MightyText charges for computer-based SMS texting. By downloading the free app on your phone or tablet and following its clear instructions, you will be able to access and respond to your text directly from your Gmail account or the web-based version of the app. MightyText also provides features such as low-battery updates on your PC, the ability to transfer web pages, charts, and images from your machine to your phone, and an in-app photo editor. Although these features are free, paying $4.99 a month (or $59.99 a year for MightyText Pro opens up perks including displaying other phone updates on your device, 100 GB of cloud storage, and text message scheduling, as well as reducing in-app advertising and removing the 200-text-per-month free version limit.
And MightyText is not alone. AirDroid provides a similar approach, but with an enhanced emphasis on sharing files between your phone and desktop computers, in addition to texting features. Like MightyText, its basic features are free, but you’ll need to pay $1.99 a month for premium features such as remote photo shooting and multiple device support.
For iOS users, <ahref=”http: www.myphonedesktop.com=”” “=”” rel=”nofollow noopener”> </ahref=”http:>myPhone Desktop provides a text-from-your-computer solution, but it also takes the concept of harmonizing your mobile and desktop devices a few steps further than its Android brethren.
With this app – which comes with a one-time price tag of $4.99 – you can not only access and send iPhone texts from your Mac or iPad (or even your iPod Touch), you can make calls from your desktop, drag and drop items from your computer screen to your phone screen, and even share map routes among your family of devices.
As a Mac user, you also have a slightly clumsier iPhone-only option that doesn’t require you to download any additional apps. From your Mac’s dock, click on the Messages icon and sign in with the Apple ID you use on your iPhone. Hit the “New Message” icon, choose a contact (make sure you synced your contacts with your Mac during your iPhone’s setup), and type away – your contact will receive the message on their phone as an iMessage, though, on their end, it may identify you with your email address rather than your phone number.
A Universal Alternative
Although this one’s a little clunky, it gets the job done if you don’t want to deal with apps, but really want to send a text from the comfort of your computer’s keyboard.
Pop over to your email account and start composing a new email. For the address, type in the recipient’s phone number all as one block (no punctuation) followed by “@email.uscc.net” – so it should look something like, “[email protected]” With the exception of a few smaller carriers like T-Mobile, this should work for most cellular phones in the United States. And as a bonus, it’s a pretty nifty trick for the next time you lose your smartphone under your car seat.