Send and receive text messages with your computer

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Today I want to tell you about a really cool free service I discovered recently.  Yes, there are other sites that claim to do something “sort of” like this, but there really is no comparison for usability.  I’ll explain what I mean.  This service enables you to send and receive text messages right from your computer.

Mighty Text

The site/service is called MightyText.  You can get it at www.MightyText.net.

When I first saw this, I thought, “Yeah, whatever – I have seen lots of sites like this.”  Which is true.  There are lots of sites that say they will make it possible for you to “send text messages from your computer”.  In my experience, they usually don’t work as advertised.



First, when you go to fill out the form with the recipient’s phone number, you also have to choose the recipient’s cell provider in order for the message to go through.  How am I supposed to know that?  I know I use T-Mobile but I sure don’t know which service all of my friends and colleagues use.

Then, if you do get to the point where you can submit your message, it comes back with “message cannot be sent” for whatever reason.  And this is supposed to be easier than sending a text message from your phone?  I haven’t tried one of those sites in a while, so maybe they work better now.  I think some of them were created back when fewer people used text messaging.

Anyway, I was pleased to find that MightyText offered something very different.

It’s not just a website where you fill out a form to send a text message to a phone number.  This is a service that actually WORKS WITH your Android phone to sync all of your text messages.  Sorry, Mac people – not currently available for iPhones.

To give you an idea of what the user interface looks like, here is what I see on my computer screen after it’s set up (click the image to see it full size):

 

 

Mighty Text screen

 

 

As you can see, the right side of the screen is the text of my current text message conversation.  On the left side is a list of my most recent ones.  This thing really replicates my phone, which is very handy.

Some of you might be asking, “Why would you need this?  Why can’t you just send text messages from your phone?”  Valid question.  And in reality, I do a lot of text messaging from my phone because it is very handy.  When this little app comes in handy is when I am sitting at home working on my computer, and someone sends me a text message.  I reply via my phone, and a conversation starts.  So I might be working on my computer, but every time it’s my turn to reply I have to stop using my regular keyboard, pick up my phone, read the message on that smaller screen, then reply using that smaller keyboard.  Then I put the phone down and go back to the computer.

I don’t have to do that any more!  Now, sending and receiving text messages is as easy as switching to a different window and typing a reply.  This is MUCH more convenient, and saves me some valuable time.  I love time savers!

And another benefit – what if you left your phone in the car, or you are at work and you forgot and left your phone at home?  If you have MightyText installed on your computer, it will still sync your text messages so you won’t miss any messages that get sent, and you can still reply right away even if you don’t have your phone with you.

Setting this up is fairly easy:

Step 1: Use your phone to get the MightyText Android app from the Google Play Store.

Step 2: Set up MightyText on  your computer or tablet.  It will work with Google Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, or Safari.  For tablets, you can use it on any Android tablet, iPad, or the Kindle Fire.  Full instructions for computer/tablet setup are on the MightyText website.  Not complicated.

Here are a few things recent users have said about MightyText via Twitter:

MightyText Twitter

It’s free, so give it a try.  I think you will like it.

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Mike Jenkins
February 4th, 2013

Is this not going backward in the sense of mobility?

Also I see many people doing this at work and getting fired.

Scott Johnson
February 4th, 2013

Hi Mike – good points.

Regarding mobility – not every situation requires mobility. Sometimes convenience trumps mobility, as in the examples I mentioned in the blog post and podcast.

If someone violates company policy, then they should be prepared to deal with the consequences. I would hope I wouldn’t have to put the disclaimer “if your company does not allow this, don’t do it” on each blog post.

Thanks for the input!

Mike Jenkins
February 4th, 2013

Think of the customers we work with everyday. They do everything at work.

For me I wouldn’t use it because the only time I ever use a laptop is for work purposes in the field. When I am home I wouldn’t feel like opening my laptop, waiting for it to wake up and type the message. Phone is so much faster.

That’s just me, everyone is different.

Scott Johnson
February 4th, 2013

Thanks Mike. That’s the biggest consideration really – everyone is different. For me, the customers that I “work with every day” are often residential users, not necessarily people at the workplace. For many (myself included), work and home are the same place – and this service saves me a lot of time. I can do everything on my computer (which is a desktop, not a laptop) so I don’t have to switch back and forth between my computer and my phone. And I type a lot faster on my PC keyboard than I do on my phone’s on-screen keyboard.

It’s like just about everything else – some people will use it, some won’t.