Ever sit down at your computer to get some work done, only to have several texts pop up on your smartphone? It’s impossible to accomplish anything when you’re constantly looking at your phone. Let the frustrations begin.
Although many have faced this dilemma, chances are you’ve never considered options beyond turning your phone off, but what if you get an important message? Tap or click to see mysterious text messages.
You do have texting options, and they don’t require the use of your smartphone. Think big and rid yourself of the hassle by using these three easy, time-saving ways to send text messages from your computer.
While you can text via your PC with Android Messages, Pushbullet is a little gem that works across multiple platforms. You can use it with Android, Windows PCs and browsers like Chrome and Firefox.
Connecting all of your devices, Pushbullet allows you to reply to messages from popular apps including WhatsApp, Kik and Facebook Messenger (for Android).
Available as a free app or browser extension, Pushbullet will permit you to send up to 100 messages per month. The Pro version costs $4.99 monthly or $39.99 yearly and offers additional features including unlimited messages.
2. Google Voice
Google Voice is a second option if you want to send and receive texts through your computer. Although listed as a free service, Google Voice sends texts using Wi-Fi or mobile data. Thus, your cellphone plan data rates or messaging rates will apply.
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How does it work? Google Voice provides you with a unique phone number during setup that allows you to receive and send phone calls and text messages from your computer or smartphone.
Visit the Google Voice website to sign in to your Google account or register for a new one. Follow the on-screen instructions, and you’ll be sending and receiving messages in no time.
3. Sending texts using your wireless carrier’s website
Some subscribers can send and receive texts through their carrier’s website. Verizon takes things a step further and allows customers to exchange messages, photos and videos. A desktop application is also available to Verizon customers, which can be downloaded through your My Verizon account.
AT&T has removed this option, so users will need to use a third-party app, like those listed above.
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T-Mobile offers DIGITS, which allows you access to calls and text messages.
Now that you have a few tools at your disposal, you can set your phone down to charge without missing out on those message notifications. If it’s important, you can respond right from your computer, but if it isn’t, you can hold off and get your work done.