As long as you’re signed in to the same Apple ID on your iPhone and Mac, you’ll be able to send and receive those blue iMessages from the Messages app on your PC. But to send and receive standard SMS with green bubbles, make sure your phone’s text message forwarding feature is turned on.
- Open the Settings app and tap Messages.
- Click on the “Forward Text Messages” option.
- Select the Mac (or iPad) from which you want to send and receive text messages.
If you have a Mac and an Android device – which isn’t as common as it sounds – you have fewer options. The most convenient way is to use the Google Messages app to send your text messages, which is what many Android phones do these days by default. (If you don’t have it already on your phone, you can download it for free from Google Play Store here.)
Once the app is installed, open the web browser of your choice on your Mac and go to google message site And follow the instructions to pair your phone and Mac by scanning the QR code on your screen. Then, you’ll see all your text conversations right in your web browser, where you can receive and reply to them as long as you stay signed in.
The easiest option here is to use the same Google Messages feature we just discussed. However, if your computer is running Microsoft Windows 10 or Windows 11, you can use a special feature called Phone Link that does much more than direct your texts to the right people. Here’s how to set it up.
- On your Windows PC, locate the search box or button in the taskbar and type “phone link” and then sign in to your Microsoft account if prompted.
- If your Android phone doesn’t already have it installed, download and install the “Link to Windows” app. The Phone Link app on your computer will offer a link to help you find it.
- Once the app is installed on your phone, click the button that allows you to associate a QR code in the Phone Link window to your computer, then follow the remaining instructions.
In addition to just sending and receiving messages, you can also use the Phone Link app on your PC to display your phone’s photos on your screen, save these files to your PC, and even run some Android apps inside Windows, all without having to connect anything.
Apps like AirMessage Basically, SMS and iMessages from iPhone can be forwarded to any device you are currently using, be it an Android phone or a Windows laptop. catch? You usually have to set up additional equipment and fiddle with the settings.
But if you own an iPhone and a computer and you really want to quickly contact someone via text, you can try sending them a text via email. You need to know three things for this to work:
- The phone number of the person you are trying to call
- The name of the company that provides their mobile service such as Verizon or AT&T
- The private domain names these companies use to route incoming email messages to mobile phones. For Verizon, it’s vtext.com. For AT&T, it’s txt.att.net. And for T-Mobile, it’s tmomail.net.
Once you have all this, you can send an email to [recipient’s phone number]@[special domain name]. Let’s say you want to contact a T-Mobile customer in this way; You will send your message (abbreviated) in an email to, for example, [email protected].
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