How to Send Text Messages From a Computer or Desktop PC
Kyle Kuczynski
Kyle Kuczynski
MessageDesk Co-Founder & CMO
Updated: Dec 04, 2021

7 Ways to Send SMS Text Messages From Your Computer or Desktop PC to a Phone

Everyone’s used to texting from their phones.

But how can you send text messages from your computer?

In this article I cover how to send a text message from your computer or desktop PC using:

  1. A business text messaging service
  2. iMessage on your Mac
  3. Android Messages and Text from the Web
  4. Your Phone App on Windows 10
  5. Google Voice on desktop
  6. Email providers like Gmail
  7. Wireless carriers’ websites

Keep reading for more.

These tools all work for sending personal 1-on-1 text messages.

But…

If you’re texting as a business or organization, then you’ll need a business text messaging service like MessageDesk.

The big difference between all of these desktop texting solutions comes down to messaging features, automation, and how many messages you plan on sending.

Advanced features like text message scheduling and automation, and group text without reply all are only available with business text messaging services.

Computer Texting App Feature Comparison

Business Texting service iMessage Android Messages Your Phone App on Windows 10 Google Voice Email Wireless Carrier Website
1-on-1 text messages Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Group text messages Yes Yes Yes Yes
Texting from 10-digit phone number Yes Yes Yes Yes
Shared team inbox and multiple users Yes
Group text messages without reply all Yes
Delivery and analytics reports Yes
Scheduled and automated text messages Yes
Autoresponder keywords Yes
Fully managed opt-in and opt-out compliance Yes
Message delivery rate Up to 10 per second 1 per second 1 per second 1 per second 1 per second 1 per second 1 per second

1. How to Send a Text from Your Computer Using a Business Text Messaging Service

Your business or organization will need more advanced texting tools. Especially if interested in SMS marketing or using text messages to provide customer service.

But what makes a business text messaging service different from any other way to send text messages?

Business text messaging services like MessageDesk make it easy to:

  • Text from a shared team inbox with multiple users.
  • Send mass text message broadcasts to multiple recipients.
  • Schedule text message sends.
  • Automate text message responses with keywords.
  • Manage opt-in and opt-out TCPA compliance.

Here’s how to send a text from your computer using MessageDesk:

1. Sign up for a free MessageDesk account

Visit MessageDesk to create an account.

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2. Import your contacts

MessageDesk makes it easy to import a .csv file with a list of contacts.

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3. Select your contact(s) or group(s) from the Inbox

Once you’ve got your contacts in MessageDesk, search and select the contact(s) or group(s) you’d like to send a text message to.

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4. Send or schedule a text message

Type your message in the message compose box. You can add emoji, links and pictures, and media.

In the message compose box you’ll also see a calendar icon. Select your date and time in the message preview to schedule your text message. When ready hit Confirm Schedule.

You can also set up recurring scheduled text messages and add other automated text message workflows using MessageDesk.

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2. How to Send Text Messages from Your Mac Using iMessage

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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:

  1. Log in to your iCloud using your Apple ID
  2. Select an Apple device to connect to
  3. Your device will automatically sync all messages
  4. After syncing, you can send messages

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.

Suggested article: What is MMS Messaging? MMS vs SMS vs OTT Messaging Services

3. How to Send Texts from a Desktop Computer Using Android Messages and Text from the Web

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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 log in 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.

These web browsers work best for Android messages:

  • Chrome
  • Firefox
  • Microsoft Edge
  • Safari

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.

4. How to Send and Receive Text Messages from Your PC Using Your Phone App and Windows 10

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Here’s how to send a new text message from your PC:

  1. On your PC, in the Your Phone app, select Messages.
  2. To start a new conversation, select New message.
  3. Enter the name or phone number of a contact.
  4. Select the contact you want to send a message to - a new message thread opens.

Add media to your conversations

Below the message box are three buttons to help you insert content into your message. The emoji button and the GIF button open menus where you can quickly search for what you want.

The Image button also opens a menu where you can select from recent photos on your Android device. The menu also has an option for inserting an image from your PC.

Select Browse this PC and navigate to the folder that contains your picture. Select the picture, then click Open.

If you have a photo on your Android device that isn't among the most recent, you can still insert it in a message.

In the Your Phone app, switch to Photos.

In the Photos gallery, locate the image you want, right-click it, and select Save as to save it to your PC.

Follow the procedure above to add the picture from your PC to a message.

Note: The Your Phone app supports SMS text messages and Multimedia Messaging Service (MMS) messaging. This means you can still send photos and GIFs from your PC. RCS messaging is also available for select Samsung devices.

5. How to Send a Text Message from Your Laptop or Computer Using Google Voice

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Google Voice is 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 also get a new 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.

Keep in mind that Google Voice only allows you to send and receive messages in the U.S. and Canada.

Google Voice also used to be free, but Google has since started charging users for access, leading some to seek out Google Voice alternatives.

Suggested article: The Ultimate Guide to Google Voice

6. How to Send an SMS Text Message From an Email Address

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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:

1234567890@vtext.com

Here’s an example of an MMS message sent to a Verizon phone number:

1234567890@vzwpix.com

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.

Here's how to send a text from an email address:

  1. Log in to your desired email account
  2. Type the 10-digit phone number into the email “to” field
  3. Type the “@” symbol after the phone number
  4. Add the appropriate SMS or MMS gateway address from the table below for the number you’re texting

SMS Gateways and MMS Gateways for Texting From Your Email

Wireless Carrier SMS Gateway MMS Gateway
AT&T number@txt.att.net number@mms.att.net
Boost Mobile number@sms.myboostmobile.com number@myboostmobile.com
C-Spire number@cspire1.com n/a
Consumer Cellular number@mailmymobile.net n/a
Cricket number@sms.cricketwireless.net number@mms.cricketwireless.net
Google Fi (Project Fi) number@msg.fi.google.com number@msg.fi.google.com
Metro PCS number@mymetropcs.com number@mymetropcs.com
Mint Mobile number@mailmymobile.net n/a
Page Plus number@vtext.com number@mypixmessages.com
Republic Wireless number@text.republicwireless.com n/a
Simple Mobile number@smtext.com n/a
Sprint: number@messaging.sprintpcs.com number@pm.sprint.com
T-Mobile number@tmomail.net number@tmomail.net
Tracfone: n/a number@mmst5.tracfone.com
U.S. Cellular number@email.uscc.net number@mms.uscc.net
Verizon number@vtext.com number@vzwpix.com
Virgin Mobile number@vmobl.com number@vmpix.com
Xfinity Mobile number@vtext.com number@mypixmessages.com

7. How to Text From Your Computer Using Your Wireless Provider

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.

Ready for a smarter, simpler texting app for your computer?

MessageDesk makes it easy to text from a PC or desktop computer. You can even send text messages from your mobile phone or tablet.

Feel free to start a free MessageDesk trial.

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