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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.

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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.

However, this is not a complete solution, since there is currently no interface to explore old texts or a separate window for ongoing conversations. However, it is a quick way to send a text message without picking up the phone.

Windows 10 devotees who use Cortana on their Android device can also send and receive text messages similarly.

Step 1: To send a text message using Cortana on the desktop, make sure the recipient appears in the application list Contacts. When Cortana is enabled on both devices, the voice assistant is usually smart enough to find the right contact information for the person. But to ensure that the process works smoothly, you should also check that the person you are sending text messages is also on the contact list of your PC.

Step 2: when you're done, go to Configuration on your Windows computer through the menu Start or looking for it. In Settings, select the option that says Your phone. In this new window, you will have the option to Add a phone. Select this and enter your information. Windows 10 will then send you a text message to download the Your Phone Companion application. Describe it, log in and follow the instructions to link the phone to your Windows 10 account. Be sure to log in with the correct Microsoft account.

When you finish, your phone must be added to the section Your phone Configuration

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Step 3: on your Windows 10 PC, go to the menu Configuration. You can also find the Configuration by looking for it in the search bar of your Windows desktop. In Settings, choose the section Cortana.

Here you will find a series of Cortana options. Look at the menu on the left side, choose the section that says Cortana in my devices. There, make sure the first option, Receive phone notifications on this PC, is enabled.

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Step 4: go to the application Cortana on your phone (if Cortana is not already installed, now is the time to do it). Select the menu button in the upper left corner and then select Configuration. Make sure the function Send notifications of the phone It is enabled here.

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Step 5: Once both platforms are set up, you can send a text message to a Microsoft account contact by simply saying or typing the word Message in the Cortana text field on the Windows 10 taskbar. Cortana will then expand and Provide fields to choose the desired recipient, write your message and choose the SMS option.

You can expand that command with Message (insert name) or Text (insert name), which allows you to automatically select a recipient. You can even take things further, if you want to include an additional context. If you never want to use Cortana, you can go back to the section Your phone and choose your phone to send a text message manually.

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As for the reception of texts, the Android version of Cortana forward the texts to a Windows 10 PC, which will then appear as pop-up notifications in the right corner of the screen. You can reply to the message directly from the notification, assuming that only one message has been received. If several text messages arrive at the same time from the same sender, the notification does not provide a text field for your response.

Like the version of Cortana for Windows Phone, there is no way to explore old texts in Windows 10. However, it is a great way to respond to a single incoming text and send a single outgoing text without having to lift your Android device. Unfortunately, the function is not intended for complete conversations. This method works best if you have updated to the latest edition of Windows 10, although this may take a bit of work.

SENDING TEXTS BY EMAIL

As a last option, you can send a text message to a mobile phone without the need for a third-party service: directly from your email client. Instead of using a service that you don't know or don't trust, you can send a short email in the form of a text message by using an email to the SMS gateway.

Whenever you know the person's phone number and the name of their service provider, you can easily find the appropriate gateway address to forward your message. You don't know what mobile phone operator your friend uses?

For a quick reference, we have compiled a list of some of the service providers of the most common States and their corresponding gateway addresses.

However, keep in mind that there are different addresses for regular messages (SMS) and those that include photos and other media (MMS).

SuppliersSMS GatewayMMS Gateway
Alltel@ text.wireless.alltel.com@ mms.alltelwireless.com
AT&T@ txt.att.net@ mms.att.net
Boost Mobile@ sms.myboostmobile.com@ myboostmobile.com
Sprint@ messaging.sprintpcs.com@ pm.sprint.com
T Mobile@ tmomail.net@ tmomail.net
U.S. Cellular@ email.uscc.net@ mms.uscc.net
Verizon@ vtext.com@ vzwpix.com
Virgin mobile@ vmobl.com@ vmpix.com

Note: for T-Mobile, it includes “1”, which is the United States country code, before the telephone number. To find the SMS gateways for operators that are not listed here and operators in other countries, check this list on Github.

* Updated by Mara Teresa Lopes on August 19, 2019.

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