6 Ways to Send and Check SMS Messages on a PC

MakeUseOf | 2/12/2019 | Shubham Agarwal
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Despite the onset of instant messaging, SMS still plays a critical role in your digital life for purposes like bank alerts. Unfortunately, for most phones, there’s no straightforward way to manage SMS conversations on a desktop.

It’s usually not a good idea to delay checking SMS messages for too long, as it could end up hampering your workflow. Fortunately, there are ways you can attend to SMS conversations from your the comfort of your computer.

Apps - SMS - Messages - Computer

Here are the best apps for checking your SMS messages on a computer.

iOS users have it easy. Apple doesn’t allow alternative SMS clients, so have to live with the preloaded Messaging app. While there are a few downsides to it, the default SMS app does come with a host of handy features. And one of those is cloud sync that allows you to read or reply to SMS messages from your Mac’s native Messaging app.

Messaging - App - Conversations - Mac - Sync

If you’re already using the Messaging app but are unable to view the conversations from a Mac, you’ll have to enable iCloud Sync on your phone. To do that, go into Settings > [Your name] > iCloud and there, turn on Messages.

Sadly, Windows users have no option for this if they own an iPhone.

Google - Voice - Subscribers - Option - Messages

Google Voice subscribers have an option to view their messages through the official web app. You can compose new messages and it even supports media previews. On the same page, you also have access to your phone logs, voicemail, and more.

To use it, all you need to do is head over to the Google Voice website on your PC, sign in with your account, and you’re all set.

Solutions - List - Google - Voice - App

Unlike other solutions on the list, Google Voice’s web app doesn’t require a constant phone connection, since all your conversations are stored on Google’s servers. But unfortunately, it’s limited to the United States...
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