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How to Send SMS From Your Computer

Learn about the three main ways to send and receive SMS from your computer.

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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, three of which we’ll highlight for you today.

And while the first two solutions you’ll read about are free, there are some serious limitations. Take a quick look at what we mean below.

EmailLaptopSMS Software
Sends large text blasts 🚫 🚫
Group message without reply all 🚫 🚫
Requires internet
Provides delivery reports and analytics 🚫 🚫
Ability to automate messages 🚫 🚫
Text-to-subscribe keywords available 🚫 🚫
Message delivered from an actual phone number 🚫

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Three Ways to Text By Computer

From the lesser-known to the conventional, sending SMS from your computer is easier than you might think!

1. How to Send a Text Through Email

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:

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

Here are the necessary carrier codes to complete your emails:


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

2. How to Send a Text on a Laptop

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?]

Flow chart explaining methods for texting from the computer

3. Sending Texts Through an Online Platform

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,10-digit landlines, and industry-specific short codes 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.

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!

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