Texting is easy, convenient, and fast. It’s no wonder that text messages are one of the most preferred communication methods.
Everyone is used to texting from their phones. This works well for 1-on-1 conversations and small group chats.
But what are some other ways to send a text?
Keep reading for more information and step-by-step instructions for all six ways to text from a computer.
Consider your messaging needs before you read any further.
Are you an individual who needs to quickly send a few 1-on-1 text messages? Then email, your wireless carrier website, iMessage/Android Messages, and Google Voice are all great options.
These tools all work for sending personal 1-on-1 texts.
If you’re texting as a business or organization, then you’ll need a dedicated business SMS platform.
The big difference between all of these desktop texting options comes down to messaging features, their interfaces, and your messaging volume.
|Wireless Carrier Website||iMessage||Android Messages||Google Voice||Texting App for Computer or PC|
|Sends 1-on-1 text messages||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Sends group text messages||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Sends group text message without reply all||Yes|
|Sends messages from a 10-digit phone number||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Provides delivery reports and analytics||Yes|
|Ability to schedule and automate text messages||Yes|
|Message delivery rate||1 per second||1 per second||1 per second||1 per second||1 per second||Up to 10 per second|
You’ll need to know the phone number and wireless provider of your message recipient first. Once you do, then it’s surprisingly easy to send a text from your email.
All you have to do is add the recipient’s 10-digit phone number to a carrier domain. This domain is tied to either an SMS gateway or an MMS gateway.
Note: SMS and MMS typically have separate email addresses or “gateways” for sending messages. SMS messages are text only, whereas MMS (multimedia messaging service) includes a picture or some type of media like a .gif.
Here’s an example of an SMS text message sent to a Verizon phone number:
Here’s an example of an MMS message sent to a Verizon phone number:
To send a text message from your email, just type your message text into the email body and press send. All message replies will come back to your email inbox.
Note: Longer messages will get broken up into multiple text messages, and standard text messaging rates will apply to recipients.
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Some wireless service providers like Verizon and AT&T provide customers with standalone texting portals. These allow you to message other in-network users directly from the carrier websites.
If you have Verizon, you can sign in to your My Verizon Account. There, you can send and receive texts, photos, and videos from other Verizon users.
Verizon users can also download a desktop application for their computers through My Verizon.
If you’re a consumer with an iPhone or an iOS device, you’ve got access to Apple’s iMessage platform.
iMessage comes installed natively on all iPhones. But it’s also available on other iOS devices including the MacBook, MacBook Air, and iMac.
Note: You’ll need to set up SMS/MMS forwarding before you can start sending messages on your Mac.
But once you do, you can follow these steps:
Keep in mind, all iMessages appear blue when they’re sent to other iOS devices. If you send a message to someone who doesn’t have an iPhone, the message will appear green.
Green messages are regular SMS text messages that travel over the carrier networks. Blue iMessages travel exclusively on Apple’s own messaging network. These aren’t the same type of messages because they’re traveling over different networks.
For consumers who use an Android phone, Google has a Text from the Web desktop solution. It allows android devices to send text messages from a desktop computer or mobile device.
To use the Text from the Web feature, you need Android Messages.
Android Messages is typically the main text messaging app on your Android device. If you have the latest version of Android Messages, simply login to messages.android.com from your computer.
You can use any desktop computer to send messages. Just scan the QR code. After that, you’re ready to send and receive text messages on your desktop.
Additionally, you can select “Remember this Computer”. This option saves you from scanning the QR code multiple times. It’s helpful if you use the same computer or desktop consistently.
Google Voice is yet another way to send text messages from your laptop or computer. You can download the app directly to your phone or you can log in on any web browser.
With Google Voice, you get a standalone 10-digit phone number. From this number, you can send SMS text messages, MMS messages, make voice calls, and even set up a voicemail box. There’s also no need to know the recipient's carrier to send a text message.
Keep in mind that Google Voice only allows you to send and receive messages in the U.S. and Canada. This service also used to be free, but Google has since started charging users for access.
You’ll need a more advanced texting tool if you need to send and receive SMS as a business or organization. Business texting isn’t just for businesses - it’s great for nonprofits and other organizations too.
As we’ve seen, texting from your email or any of the above methods only works for 1-on-1 personal text messaging.
Those methods don’t scale to multiple team members. Nor do they offer more advanced features like message scheduling or greater messaging volume.
The best business text messaging tools typically include the following features:
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You’ll also want to check out our list of free SMS text message templates. Just copy and paste to start texting.
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