How to send a text from a computer

Did you know you can send text messages from your computer? Sometimes it’s much quicker and a lot easier to type a message on a keyboard, than it is to tap an accurate message on your smartphone screen with ‘fat fingers’. So, here’s how you can send a text message from your Mac or PC, and avoid embarrassing mistakes.

Messages (Apple devices)

Apple has made it easy for you to send and receive text messages by computer. All you need is a Mac running Mac OSX 10.10 (Yosemite or higher) and a paired Apple device, such as an iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch, and the right settings.

If you use the same Apple ID for your Apple device and your Mac computer, then this function should work automatically.

If it hasn’t worked for you, then to enable text messages on your Mac computer, you’ll first need to activate the feature on your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch. To do this, go to ‘Settings’ > ‘Messages’ then tap ‘Text Message Forwarding’ and select the name of the Mac computer to which you want to forward messages. Once your ‘switch’ displays green, you’re good to go. Your messages will now be synced between your Apple device and your computer, as well as your contacts, meaning any messages sent between you and them should be viewable on your computer.

If your carrier doesn’t charge you for text messages, then you won’t have to pay a thing for this feature, otherwise the cost to send a text from your computer is the same as from your phone.

MightyText (Android)

MightyText is the answer for Android users who want to send and receive texts on their computer. And the best news is, it doesn’t matter which type of computer you use, as MightyText is a web-based app, so it works with Windows, Mac, Linux or Chrome OS.

First, though, you’ll have to install MightyText on your Android phone. Once you’ve done that, simply sign in to MightyText’s web app via your preferred web browser and you’re good to go.

As with Apple Messages, if your carrier doesn’t charge you for text messages, then you won’t have to pay a thing for this feature, otherwise the cost to send a text from your computer is the same as from your phone.

Now that you can send text messages from your computer, you probably can’t wait to hit those keys and catch up with your loved ones!

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Written by Leon Della Bosca

Leon Della Bosca has worked in publishing and media in one form or another for around 25 years. He's a voracious reader, word spinner and art, writing, design, painting, drawing, travel and photography enthusiast. You'll often find him roaming through galleries or exploring the streets of his beloved Melbourne and surrounding suburbs, sketchpad or notebook in hand, smiling.
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