Learn about the five main ways to send SMS from your computer.
There are still people out there who talk about missing their Blackberries. Seriously, we’re not kidding. And yes, we get it. Big keyboards are comfortable to type on. But to those people we say—you know you can text from your computer, right?
There are a few different ways you can transform your laptop or PC into an SMS messenger, five of which we’ll highlight for you today.
And while some of the solutions you’ll read about are free, there are some serious limitations. Take a quick look at what we mean below.
|Laptop||SMS Software||Google Voice||Carrier Site*|
|Sends large text blasts||🚫||🚫||✅||🚫||🚫|
|Group message without reply all||🚫||🚫||✅||🚫||✅|
|Provides delivery reports and analytics||🚫||🚫||✅||✅||🚫|
|Ability to automate messages||🚫||🚫||✅||🚫||✅|
|Text-to-subscribe keywords available||🚫||🚫||✅||🚫||🚫|
|Message delivered from an actual phone number||🚫||✅||✅||✅||✅|
From the lesser-known to the conventional, sending SMS from your computer is easier than you might think.
As long as you (or your business) has an email address, and you know the phone service provider of who you’d like to text, you can reach them through your address.
Here’s how it works:
Here are the necessary carrier codes to complete your emails:
In the end, it will end up looking a little something like this:
Since tools like iMessage have evolved to send texts through an internet connection, wireless carriers have recognized the ability to use the web to send messages.
Just remember, unless you choose to use a text marketing platform (see tip #3), then you need a cellphone plan to text from a laptop. Here’s how it works:
If you have an iPhone, you can send texts to other iPhones (and non iOS users) using the iMessage app. All you have to do is login to iCloud on both devices. You’ll be able to text other iPhones and Android users. (Though the messages to Android users will appear in the dreaded green bubble. 😉)
Android users, don’t despair. We’re here for you too. Messages for Web is Google’s answer to the iMessage app. Getting set up is easy, just head to this site and scan the QR code.[Read: Is Messaging the Same as Texting?]
Online platforms like ours are used by businesses, educational institutions, nonprofits, and other organizations to send texts to individuals and large groups.
We can text-enable toll-free numbers and 10-digit landlines for your business in just a few minutes.
This solution allows SMS to be utilized for customer support, recruiting, sales and more. Business SMS messaging also helps scale processes and simplify internal communications. We even have a few folks who use our platform for personal texting while abroad!
Not only can you send and receive messages, but you can create drip campaigns, track and collect data, and even segment your audience.
Sending texts with Google Voice is a great option if you’re looking to have one-on-one text conversations through your computer.
All you need to do to get started is navigate to voice.google.com and open the Messages tab.
From there, click “Send a message” at the top of your screen, enter your contact’s phone number (you can even text small groups of up to 7 numbers), type out your message, and hit “Send.”
Google Voice also lets you read and respond to incoming messages through the same Messages tab you just used. You can even spice up your texts with images or GIFs as long as they stay under the 2MB limit.
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 right from your laptop easy.
If you navigate to your user account on your carrier’s websiteーthis would be your “My Verizon” or “My AT&T” page ー you can send and receive texts from other users on the same carrier. T-Mobile users also have the option to use the DIGITS site or desktop app.
Some carriers even have a desktop application you can download to make the process faster.
There’s lots more to explore about text marketing. We suggest you start your journey by reading our ultimate guide to SMS marketing.
Its ability to send text blasts is what puts it in a different category than the previous two solutions which are built for more individual usage.
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.
Text marketing is still new to many, but it’s been adopted by millions. Read the reviews and we can guarantee you’ll see why!
Meghan Tocci is a content strategist at SimpleTexting. When she’s not writing about SaaS, she’s trying to teach her puppy Lou how to code. So far, not so good.More Posts from Meghan Tocci
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