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How to send a text message from a computer

sending a text message from a computer

Sending SMS messages from your PC is easier than you would possibly think.

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Sending texts from your computer is extremely useful in dozens of situations. Perhaps you lost your phone and need to send a message to someone, maybe you’re over your monthly text limit and still need to get in touch with your friends, or you may just hate typing on a tiny keyboard. Whatever the case may be, it’s easier than you might think to learn how to send a text message from a computer.

There are hundreds of online services out there that’ll get the job accomplished, but none of them are quite as simple and reliable as the methods outlined below.

How to send texts via iMessage (iOS and MacOS)

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Though iMessage formerly only handled iMessages, later iterations of Apple’s working system include an option specifically designed for forwarding SMS messages directly to your Mac or another iOS device. Once properly set up, you’ll have the ability to quickly send messages from your computer to any known number using the Messages app on your machine — and receive them similarly without ever glancing at your phone.

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Step 1: To set up iMessage and SMS forwarding on your iOS device, navigate to the main Settings menu and tap Messages.

Step 2: Toggle on iMessage and ensure you’re logged into the same iCloud account as all other devices using Messages. Also, ensure that all of your devices are connected to the same Wi-Fi network.

Step 3: Tap Text Message Forwarding, toggle the switch directly right of the Apple device to which you want to send SMS messages, and then enter the six-digit confirmation code displayed on the device. Doing so will confirm that you want to send and receive messages from your iPhone on your Mac, and confirm you own the machine. You could or may not have to type in a confirmation code, depending on your setup

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Once everything is set up, you possibly can send text messages by clicking the pencil icon located above the contact list, entering your desired recipients, and composing the message as you would normally. However, remember that the standard text message limit of 160 characters still applies even when using Messages. A text longer than 160 characters will probably count as two for billing purposes, or more depending on how long it is.

However, you can send messages to other iOS and MacOS users free of charge, as long as they use Messages. Remember, a normal text message will probably be in a green bubble, while an iMessage will be in a blue bubble. This method works with both Mac and iOS.

Charles Anderson Jnr.
Charles Anderson Jnr is an Associate at FreeNaija. A Creative Writer, Computer Scientist, Entrepreneur, Manager & Social Media Strategist.

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