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We explain how to send text messages from the computer

Although sending a text message from the computer may not be so familiar to you, that does not mean it cannot be possible. Today, through your phone you can send messages quickly, easily and from anywhere, regardless of whether you are on the bus or outside the office. But what happens if your phone is downloaded or lost and you want to notify a loved one? Do not worry, you can still send text messages from the computer and here we explain step by step how to do it.

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You know? There are hundreds of online services that will do the job, but none of them is as simple and reliable as the methods described below.

How to send text messages through Apple's iMessage

Although before the application only handled iMessages, later versions of the Apple 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 any known number using the Messages application and receive them in a similar way without even looking at your phone.

how to send text messages from the computer

Step 1: To configure the iMessage and SMS forwarding on your iOS device, go to the main menu "Settings" and select "Messages".

Step 2: Activate ?iMessage? and make sure you are logged in to the same iCloud account as all other devices that use Messages. Also, make sure all your devices are connected to the same Wi-Fi network.

Step 3: Touch ?Resend text messages?, move the switch directly to the right of the Apple device you want to send SMS messages to, and then enter the six-digit confirmation code displayed on the device. If you do, confirm that you want to send and receive messages from your iPhone on your Mac and confirm that you are the owner of the device.

Once you have configured it, you can send text messages by pressing the icon that has a pencil, which is located above your contact list, enter the receivers and write the message as you normally will.

Note that the standard text message accepts 160 characters. If you go over, they can charge you for the messages as if they were doubles.

But you can send messages to other iOS and OSX devices for free, while your contacts also use this platform. Contacts with iMessage will be green and those not on this platform will appear in blue.

How to send text messages through Android (Android)

Android messages allow Android smart phone owners to send text messages directly from a web interface, regardless of the device they are using. It works on desktops, laptops or even iOS devices. However, you must configure Android messages as the default application on your phone, so be sure to do so before starting.

Step 1: Go to the Android Messages homepage.

Step 2: Open the Android Messages application on your phone.

Step 3: Touch the three-point menu icon and select "Messages for the Web."

Step 4: Go to ?Scan QR code? and use your phone to scan the QR code from the Android Messages homepage. This will link your device and your browser, and see messages and contacts appear on your other device while synchronizing.

Step 5: Use the web interface to chat with friends and family as you will on your Android smart phone.

If you want to keep the synchronization between the devices so you don't have to scan the QR code every time, you can press the "Remember this computer" button in your web browser.

How to send text messages through Cortana (Windows)

If you use a phone with Windows and Windows 10 on your computer, you can easily send a text using Cortana. Simply start typing the word "text" in the Windows 10 search bar, followed by the person you wish to contact. Assuming that your computer and phone are both connected to the same Microsoft account, Cortana discover who you want to send a text message to and ask what you would like to say.

Cortana can also show you notifications when you receive a new message on the phone and perform a variety of other useful actions, which are described in more detail in our complete Microsoft virtual assistant guide.