How To Text From Computer
When you’re in a pinch, knowing how to text from a computer can really come in handy. As well developed as cell phone technology has become in recent years, certain unavoidable problems with them remain. They’re easily lost, often stolen, and the batteries in several models seem to always be on the verge of dying. These things aren’t exactly conducive to getting a text out in a must-communicate situation. Fortunately, computer technology allows you to get that text sent even when your phone is inaccessible or improperly functioning. Read on to learn how to send a quick text from a computer with ease.
Sending a text from Microsoft Outlook. For businesses and professionals especially, Microsoft Outlook is an almost ubiquitous email client. The most recent incarnations of the program allow you to send text messages from your computer with ease. To do it, you’ll first have to register your own phone with the program, which can be done through the “SMSOfficer” section in Outlook. When registering, your phone will receive a verification code from Microsoft, which, when entered into the registration form in Outlook, completes the process. Now, you’re able to actually send a text from your computer. Simply click the “New” button, and then select “Text Message” in the pop-up menu. Then, enter the phone number you want to text in the recipient box, and compose the text like you would an e-mail.
Sending a text from AOL Instant Messenger (or AIM). In newer versions of this popular instant messaging client, you can send a text from your computer with no registration necessary. Just click on the “IM” button, and enter the number 1 followed by the full phone number you want to text. No spaces or dashes are necessary. What’s so advantageous about this method of texting from a computer is that it's very easy to set up, and you can have a full SMS conversation with someone right from AIM’s instant messaging box.
Sending a text from Gmail. This email client, developed by Google, has a huge number of cool features - including the ability to send SMS messages. You’ll first have to change the settings in Gmail by clicking the small gear (or Settings) icon in your Gmail home page’s upper right corner and selecting “Labs” from the menu that pops up. On the subsequent webpage, select "Enable" in the “Text Messaging (SMS) in Chat” option. Then, go back to your homepage, select one of your contacts (whose phone number you know), and click on the “More” button. An option that says “Send SMS” will appear on the following menu, allowing you to send a text message right from the Gmail chat application.