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8 simple ways to send a text message from your computer

Find out how to text from a computer with online texting platforms, browser apps, email, and other tools.

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Technically, all you need to text your customers is a phone and data plan.  

Learning how to send a text message from a computer can spare your hands some killer cramps from tiny keyboards. Multitask with ease using a larger screen and send your SMS messages from a computer.

Let’s look at the easiest ways to send and receive texts from your computer.

8 ways to send a text from your computer:

  1. Send a text from an online texting platform
  2. Text from your Mac with messages
  3. Send a text with messages by Google
  4. Text from a computer with Google Voice
  5. Send a text on a PC with Microsoft’s Phone Link app and Windows
  6. Text from a computer via email
  7. Send a text using your wireless carrier’s website
  8. Text from a computer using free SMS websites

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1. Send a text from an online texting platform like SimpleTexting

You can use a computer texting app like SimpleTexting to send text messages from a computer to one or more phone numbers. This is convenient if you want to mass text your clients or want to respond to text message conversations quickly.

What you’ll need:

  • Paid SimpleTexting plan (you can sign up for a free 14-day trial first) 
  • Computer (Mac or PC)

How it works:

  1. Once you’re logged in to your SimpleTexting account, click on the Inbox tab in the left-hand menu. Then click on New.
  1. Choose who you want to text. You can enter a phone number directly or import a contact list.
  2. Type your message in the “Message” field, click the Send SMS button to send your text immediately, or choose the clock icon to schedule your message.

No matter which business texting platform you use, make sure it has two-way texting and mass texting (since some of the options on this list only let you send one text at a time).

Whether you’re sending individual texts through the inbox or a mass text, you always have the option to schedule your message for a future date and time. 

You can also set up automatic replies using:

SimpleTexting also offers lots of integrations to help you combine SMS with your existing tools for an easy-to-manage workflow. Pro tip: Add your staff to your account as team members to help you handle the workload. 

You can run all your texting from your computer or with a mobile device using our app for Android and iOS

"Texting has made a big difference for us. It’s made it a lot easier for me to get the word out there. It’s easy to add a contact, it’s easy to import, it’s easy to send a text."
Rebecca Saltsman
Rebecca Saltsman

Community Outreach Manager, Allies for Every Child

2. Text from your Mac with Messages

If you’re an iPhone user, you can easily text your clients from a Mac computer.

What you’ll need: 

  • iPhone
  • Apple ID
  • Mac computer or laptop that’s connected to Wi-Fi or cellular data

How it works: While the Messages app on your computer lets you send and receive iMessages (blue texts) automatically, you can enable all SMS and MMS messages (blue and green texts) by:

  1. Opening the Settings app on your iPhone and navigating to Messages.
  2. Tapping Text Message Forwarding and selecting your Mac.

After opening the Messages app on your Mac and signing in with your Apple ID, you’ll:

  1. Click on the New Message button at the top of the app. 
  2. Enter the name, email, or number of the contact you want to text. You can also click the plus symbol in the “To” field to add a contact.
  3. Type your message in the compose field at the bottom of the app and press Enter on your keyboard.

“Messages has become a lot more than just Apple’s take on text messaging. For me, it’s how I communicate with my family and friends and coordinate MacStories projects. The app touches nearly everything I do in some way, which is true for a lot of other users too.”

– John Voorhees, MacStories

3. Send a text with Messages by Google

Have an Android phone? Text customers from your computer using Google’s browser-based Messages app.  

What you’ll need: 

  • Android phone with a Wi-Fi or data connection
  • Latest version of the Messages mobile app
  • Computer with a Wi-Fi connection
  • Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Safari, or Microsoft Edge web browser

How it works: 

  1. Open the Messages app on your Android phone and tap Device Pairing.
  2. On your computer, open Messages for web in your browser.
  3. Use your phone to scan the QR code on your computer screen. You should now be able to send and receive text messages on your computer. 

“A compact and complex app with lots of features, but it is so simple to use Fairly fast, and responsive. Allows for scheduled texting options. Sending short audio texts is fun. I tried other text apps, but I always come back.”

– Online reviewer

4. Text from a computer with Google Voice

Sending texts with Google Voice is an acceptable option if you’re specifically looking to have one-on-one text conversations using your computer. Just don’t use it for bulk text messages or your account could be suspended.

What you’ll need:

  • Google Voice account (free or business plan)
  • Computer with Wi-Fi or cellular data

How it works: 

  1. After creating a Google Voice account, go to your dashboard and open the Messages tab.
  2. Click on “Send a new message” in the top left corner and enter your contact’s phone number in the “To” field.
  3. Compose your message and click on the send button to the right, or hit the Enter button on your keyboard.

“I love this software because it is good for all kinds of businesses from small to big to create a phone number people can call and text you on.”

– Neel P.

Microsoft also offers a convenient way to text from a computer with their Phone Link app.

What you’ll need:

How it works:

  1. Connect your phone and PC using the QR code in the Link to Windows or Phone Link app.
  2. Open the Phone Link app on your PC, and click Messages.
  3. Choose New Message to start a new conversation.
  4. Type in the name or number of the contact you’re trying to reach and select the contact.
  5. Write out your message and send it.

“I just set it up. I love it so much now. Cell service in my area is spotty. Now I can just put my phone on the window as a receiver and do the calling/texting on my laptop.”

– Online reviewer

6. Text from a computer via email

As long as you have an email address and know the phone service provider of the contact, you can send a text through email.

Here’s how it works:

  1. Open a new email.
  2. In the “To” line, type your contact’s 10-digit phone number.
  3. Combine their 10-digit number with the applicable service carrier domain (see the chart below).
  4. Type your message and click send. When a user responds, their text will appear in your email inbox.

Here are the codes from some popular wireless carriers:


In the end, it will end up looking a little something like this:

A test SMS from an email address

7. Send a text using your wireless carrier’s website

Did you know some major wireless service providers allow you to text directly from their website? 

Carriers like Verizon and AT&T have online portals that make sending texts to other users in your network and receiving text messages right from your laptop easy.

What you’ll need:

  • Mobile phone plan with SMS services
  • Computer or laptop

How it works: If you navigate to your user account on your carrier’s site (like your “My Verizon” or “My AT&T” page), you can send and receive texts from other users on the same carrier. 

Some carriers even have a desktop app like T-Mobile’s DIGITS that you can download to make the process faster.

8. Text from a computer using free SMS websites

There are also a number of websites out there that will let you send SMS messages for free.

Sites like OpenTextingOnline allow you to send text messages directly from their website to recipients with a cell phone at no charge.

A word of caution: These websites do come with limitations. OpenTextingOnline, for example, does not support group messages, and Text’em requires the sender to have an email account if they want to receive replies.

All that to say, do some research on your free SMS site to make sure it has all the features you need. And, as with anything free, read some reviews to make sure the site is secure and spam-free.

“Really wonderful, especially when we are abroad, it’s possible to send a message from anywhere in the world to Canada and the United States. The quality was exceptional.”

– Online reviewer

Comparing ways to text from your computer at a glance

That’s a lot of details, so here’s an easy-to-read guide to the tools we’ve covered here and how they stack up in terms of features.

An informative comparison chart titled "Ways to text from your computer at a glance." It lists various platforms such as SimpleTexting, Messages by Google, Google Voice, and others, with features like automated texts, templates, scheduling, team collaboration, business orientation, and voice calls. Checkmarks indicate the availability of features for each platform.

Sending texts from a computer FAQs

Why should I choose SimpleTexting for texting from a computer?

Unlike many of the methods we highlighted here, SimpleTexting offers users the option to automate texts to reduce effort on your end.

With SimpleTexting, you also have access to software integrations so your SMS tasks fit seamlessly into your overall workflow. Last but never least, you can see how your messages are performing so you can improve them over time.
You can check out a full list on our features page, but some standouts include:

Yes! Solutions like business texting platforms, Google Voice, and email allow you to send texts without a physical cell phone.
Absolutely. You can send a text message from your computer using text apps for computers like SimpleTexting, Messages by Google, Google Voice, Microsoft’s Phone Link, and more.
You can text from a PC if you have an iPhone, thanks to tools like SimpleTexting, Google Voice, and Microsoft Phone Link.
Yes, you can text from an email address, as long as you know the recipient’s wireless carrier. In the “To” field, enter the contact’s number and the carrier’s SMS or MMS gateway. 
SimpleTexting is available on Apple AppStore, Google Play, and your internet browser as a web app.
While there are a few services that offer free texting without registration — like Afreesms — they have extremely limited features for businesses. For instance, you can’t send bulk SMS or MMS messages with Afreesms.

If you just need to send one message, though, you can text via email, like we covered in #6 of this article.

Try SimpleTexting today to text from your computer

Year after year, texting grows in popularity. It’s only natural that the ways to send and receive these messages grow and change as well. See how SMS marketing can benefit you when combined with the strength of an SMS texting platform like SimpleTexting. Reach your customers anywhere, anytime.

Texting from your computer is especially helpful for businesses who want to do more than just send the occasional message, whether that means managing opt-in methods, organizing contacts, or scheduling texts in advance. 

At SimpleTexting, we’ve been providing an elite SMS platform for more than a decade. With more than 17,000 happy customers and counting, we’re fully equipped to power up your communication strategy. Want to try streamlined business texting for yourself? Try out SimpleTexting for 14 days, totally free.

Meghan Tocci , Nathan Ellering, and Lily Norton contributed to this piece.

Dani Henion
Dani Henion

Dani Henion is the content team lead at SimpleTexting and is continuously looking for ways to make text messaging strategies and tips more accessible to SMBs. When she's not writing or planning new SMS content, you'll find her decorating elaborate sugar cookies or thrifting in Atlanta.

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