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Simple Tricks to Send Free Text Messages From Your Computer

Simple Tricks to Send Free Text Messages From Your Computer

Simple Tricks to Send Free Text Messages From Your Computer

Drafting and sending SMS from your phone is a straightforward and easy process. However, it may become overwhelming when you have to send messages in bulk or if you have to juggle between your computer and phone to send texts to your customers. It becomes laborious and it would probably be just as easy to call and speak to them. So, let’s look at some ways you can send free text from your computer.

  1. Message People Through Email

Sending your text message through email is one of the easiest ways to text from your computer. All you need is an email id, the phone number you’d like to text, and the phone carrier’s name. Once you have this information you can follow these steps to send a text from the email. 

  1. Open your email client and compose an email with the text you would like to send.
  2. In the “To” field enter the 10 digit phone number you’d like to text. 
  3. Along with the phone number include the carrier’s code.

The phone number along with the carrier’s code acts as the email Id, which will then send your email content as a text to those phone numbers. This way you can also send the text to multiple phone numbers just as you can send your email to multiple email ids, just make sure to include their phone number and their carrier’s code as an email id. 

Remember the subject line and body of your email or “text” will be Merged, so it’s probably best to just use the body.

How to Find the Carrier for a Phone Number

To send a text through email you need to know the carrier’s name and asking your recipients directly is a time-consuming task. Instead, we can use the following websites to find out the phone carrier’s information. 

  1. Free carrier lookup
  2. Ip quality score
  3. Textrapp

Canadian Carriers Codes for Email to Text

Here are codes for email to SMS Canada. In the instructions below I’ll explain how to create a list with your client/patient/opt-in subscriber list.

List of American Email to Text Message Email Addresses

What to Do if You Cannot Find the Recipient’s Carrier Information

If you are not able to find the carrier information of your recipient you should create a bunch of emails and Bcc. For example, if you do not know the carrier of the number “5551234567” you can create email ids for this number with multiple carrier codes. For example, you can create 5551234567@pcs.rogers.com, 5551234567@vmobl.com, 5551234567@txt.bellmobility.ca etc. You can then add them all in the Bcc of your email. The easiest way to do this is to put them in a Word doc and find and replace 5551234567 with the real phone number (no spaces).

List of Canadian Carrier Emails You Can Copy In:

5551234567@txt.bellmobility.ca, 5551234567@txt.bell.ca, 5551234567@fido.ca, 5551234567@fido.ca, 5551234567@pcs.rogers.com, 5551234567@msg.telus.com, 5551234567@vmobile.ca, 5551234567@msg.koodomobile.com, 5551234567@pcs.rogers.com

Now just find and replace 5551234567 with the real phone number.

That should spit out one of the correct emails that you can just paste into the Bcc field. In my tests, I have not received bounced emails from emails despite being sent to the wrong carrier.

Disclaimer: I searched for Wind, Public, Mobile, and Mobilicity but could not find any emails. If you find them please leave them in the comments and I will add them to the lists.

List of American Carrier Emails You Can Copy In

Like before you can use find and replace to switch in “5551234567”  with the real phone number.

5551234567@sms.3rivers.net, 5551234567@message.alltel.com, 5551234567@txt.att.net,5551234567@paging.acswireless.com, 5551234567@blueskyfrog.com,5551234567@sms.bluecell.com, 5551234567@myboostmobile.com, 5551234567@bplmobile.com,5551234567@cwwsms.com, 5551234567@mobile.celloneusa.com, 5551234567@csouth1.com,5551234567@cwemail.com, 5551234567@messaging.centurytel.net, 5551234567@txt.att.net,5551234567@msg.clearnet.com, 5551234567@comcastpcs.textmsg.com,5551234567@corrwireless.net, 5551234567@mobile.dobson.net,5551234567@sms.edgewireless.com, 5551234567@sms.goldentele.com,5551234567@messaging.sprintpcs.com, 5551234567@text.houstoncellular.net,5551234567@ivctext.com, 5551234567@inlandlink.com, 5551234567@ideacellular.net,5551234567@pagemci.com, 5551234567@page.metrocall.com, 5551234567@my2way.com,5551234567@mymetropcs.com, 5551234567@fido.ca, 5551234567@clearlydigital.com,5551234567@mobilecomm.net, 5551234567@text.mtsmobility.com,5551234567@messaging.nextel.com, 5551234567@onlinebeep.net, 5551234567@sms.pscel.com,5551234567@pcsone.net, 5551234567@qwestmp.com, 5551234567@pcs.rogers.com,5551234567.pageme@satellink.net, 5551234567@email.swbw.com,5551234567@messaging.sprintpcs.com, 5551234567@tms.suncom.com,5551234567@mobile.surewest.com, 5551234567@tms.suncom.com,5551234567@messaging.sprintpcs.com, 5551234567@mobile.surewest.com,5551234567@tmomail.net, 5551234567@txt.att.net, 5551234567@tms.suncom.com,5551234567@utext.com, 5551234567@email.uscc.net, 5551234567@uswestdatamail.com,5551234567@vmobl.com, 5551234567@vtext.com, 5551234567@cellularonewest.com,5551234567@sms.wcc.net

I recommend using a Google Drive spreadsheet to keep track of all the email variations. If I’ve missed any carrier emails please leave them in the comments and I’ll add them to the list.

Thanks to Computer Hope for providing most of the emails listed in this list. I hope that my instructions on how to use this for customer service and opt-in marketing help you out!

2. Using Google Voice To Send Text From Your Computer

Google voice is an internet telephone service that provides you with a virtual number. You can then receive and send texts & calls on this number. You can connect the virtual number to any of your phones be it mobile or landline. Once you connect these numbers together you can then forward your calls and text. So if you have a landline number at home, a personal mobile, and your office number, you can then connect these to Google voice and get your virtual number. You can share the virtual number wherever you like and when you receive a call all your connected phones will receive the call. 

The best part about google voice is that you can call and text from any device. This means you can send texts to your recipients via computer. Overall Google voice is a great option for people who manage multiple connections at the same time. 

Fortunately setting up and using Google voice is intuitive and easy. So, let’s take a look at how we can set up Google Voice to send text

How to Set Up Google Voice on a Computer.

To get started visit the Google Voice website To get the free version click on “For personal use. You also have an option “For business use” where you will have to pay for the service, it comes along with additional features that will benefit your business and have 3 three different subscription plans.  At the time of writing, the plan and prices are as follows: $10 per user / per month for the starter pack, $20 per user / per month for the standard pack, and $30 per user / per month for the premium pack. 

 

The best part is that you get unlimited messages regardless of what plan you choose. You check out all their plans on their pricing page

3. Using Windows Phone App to Send SMS From Your Computer

With the release of Windows 10, Microsoft came out with a new product called Phone App. It is a way for you to connect your smartphone to your Windows 10 computer. Once connected you can manage & receive calls, texts, and other media. As you have already guessed we can use the Phone App to send text from your computer. This is a really simple way to get started as the setup is easy, the user interface is intuitive and easily understandable.

The only drawback with Windows Phone App is while connecting with iPhone. With iPhone, once you connect it with the Windows Phone App the only thing you can currently do is send web pages or links from supported apps including web browser, YouTube, etc. So, if you are reading an interesting article on your iPhone, you can then send it to your Windows 10 Pc and continue reading on a large screen device. This means you cannot use Windows Phone App to send a text when connected to an iPhone.

Windows Phone App is built with Android phone in mind and so you get a lot of options including syncing media, calls, text messages, etc on Android. It is also because Android is more open compared to IOS and allows for more integration with other platforms.

How to Setup Windows Phone App on Your Computer 

Let’s take a look at how you can set up the Windows Phone app, connect your android phone, and send text from your computer. 

 

Great so once you have followed all the steps you should have successfully connected your Android phone to your computer. Now it’s time to send messages.

How to Send Text Messages From Your Computer Using Phone App

Let’s see how we can send messages from your computer using Windows Phone App. If you haven’t already connected your phone to your pc, please connect it following the instructions mentioned earlier in this article.

4. Using Browser Extensions to Send Text From Computer

Here is another simple and brilliant way to send messages from your computer. There are various browser extensions out there that will let you send texts. Some of them are available for free, some with limited free messages, and others are paid. No matter which one you choose, it definitely makes your work easier. 

The method these extensions use to send SMS changes from one to another. Here are some ways they work:

  1. Connects with your Gmail account and send text from your email
  2. Connects with a phone app and sends text from the extension
  3. Connects with your carrier account and sends text directly

The only requirement here is that you use a browser that supports extensions. No matter which browser you choose, the chances of finding an extension that can send text are high. Just go on google and search for “Text from computer extensions” or “SMS from computer extension” along with your browser name. Let’s take a look at extensions for 2 of the most widely used browsers chrome and firefox.

Chrome Extensions to Send Text From Computer 

Here are some extensions that you can use on chrome to send SMS. To install these extensions just visit the extension link given below and click on the ‘add to chrome’ button. This will install the extension. Once that’s done you can click on the extension and start using it. 

  1. Send Your Email to SMS (text)
  2. mysms – SMS/Text from Computer
  3. TxtSync – Send and Receive SMS from Chrome

Firefox Extensions to Send Text From Computer

For Firefox users, here are some extensions you can use. To install them just click on the link below and click on add to Firefox, this will install the extension. You can then click on the extension to send SMS. 

  1. Pulse SMS Extension
  2. Send SMS with Mobivate
  3. Sms77 SMS & Text2Speech
  4. SMS Sidebar

5. Send Messages Using Android Messages From Computer

For most Android users out there, the default SMS app is ‘messages’ by Google. This is a simple and effective way to view and manage all your text. One handy feature that Google messages have is the ability to view your message and manage them on your browser. This is a lesser-known feature but is quite an easy and free way to text from your computer.

Follow these steps to set up and use Google Messages on your computer:

Once you have paired your phone, you can now open and send messages from your computer. 

6. Send Text Using iMessage From Computer

Just as Android has messages by Google, iPhone has iMessage. The biggest difference between the two is that iMessage works only with Apple devices and can also send messages via the internet along with SMS. So, if you have a Mac and iPhone you can use this method to send text as emails. 

To set up iMessage to send text from your computer, follow these steps: 

Once you have completed the setup you will be able to send SMS from your computer using iMessages.  

7. Send SMS Using Phone Carrier’s Website

Some phone carriers have enabled users with the option to send messages directly from their websites. You can access this website from your computer to send texts. Once you sign up, you can check your messages and send texts anytime from your browser. Some carriers also provide you with a desktop app to send SMS from your computer. So, check with your phone carrier to see if you can avail this option. 

Conclusion

You can use any of these free methods to send text from your computer. In my research, I also found a number of services or websites that claim for you to be able to simply type in a message and send it from a website. In my test, none of them worked in Canada despite Canadian cell phone carriers being listed.

Some of those included:

Another problem with these sites is that they have a lot of ads and you don’t really know whether putting in a number will result in the recipient receiving a bunch of telemarketing calls — not exactly something you want to be signing your customers up for!

FAQ

How to send SMS via email?

Yes, you can send SMS through email. You can do it by finding out the recipient’s phone carrier code. This code along with the phone number acts as an email id. Any message sent to this email will be delivered as an SMS. 

How Can I Send SMS From My Computer?

There are different ways you can send SMS from a computer. 

  1. Send text through email
  2. Send text using Google voice
  3. Send text using apps
  4. Send SMS using browser extensions

Can I Text Internationally With Google Voice?

Google Voice is currently only available in the U.S and Canada. However, those who have access to Google voice can send and receive SMS internationally. 

What’s the difference between Google Hangouts and Google Voice?

You can make and receive calls & texts using hangouts as you do on Google voice. The difference is that Hangouts use the internet to communicate, while with Google voice you get a phone number and can send and receive calls and SMS. 

Can I Send Text Messages From My Windows 10?

Yes, with windows 10 you get Your phone app which can be used to send and receive messages. It also requires you to install a phone companion app on your phone to sync your devices. 

How Do I Get iMessage on Windows 10?

iMessages only work with Apple devices. They do not support Windows 10. That said, there are browser extensions and emulators that claim to enable iMessage on Windows 10.

Should I Use SMS or MMS?

With SMS you can send text under 160 characters. If you have more content that will not fit in an SMS then you can go for MMS. with MMS you can send images. 

Post By Joseph Abishek (4 Posts)

Joseph is a social media analyst at TechWyse. He's passionate about growing client's digital presence using proven marketing methods. In his free time, he enjoys listening to music and reading books.

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