Many a times we face the situation of having the need to send text messages from our PC. Whether you ran out of charge in your phone and need to send an important text message, or your monthly text limit has expired, whatever the case is there can be a dozen reasons why you may have to send a text message from your phone. It is always handy to be able to have the skill of sending text messages from your laptop or desktop.

So how can you receive text sms messages online for free on your PC? Well, there are many ways to do this. Before we dive into an elaborate explanation, you should know that sending text messages via PC works differently for iOS, Android and Windows.

Later in this post, we will discuss the three. Other than that, many other options exist that work for all. So for a knowledgeable experience regarding receiving text messages via PC, keep reading.

Using online websites to send and receive SMS online for FREE

Apart from these, there are now many websites available online that will allow you to send and receive SMS online for free. The following is a list of the most common ones:

GenVoice

This is an online website using which you can send and receive SMS online for free. Another functionality using this website is that you avoid the usual hassle of using a carrier number or code with email. With GenVoice, you just enter your email address and the phone number of the person you are sending the message too, and the rest will be taken care of.

However, you have to know the country code and number, GenVoice will find source the carrier code for you. Once the recipient replies, you can find the message in your email and start a conversation.

PingMe

PingMe is another website browser option that lets you send and receive SMS online. PingMe not only synchronizes your text messages but also has the ability to synchronize your photos, videos, notifications and other major desktop browsers. Using this, you not only have the option to send and receive text messages online for free, but can also have all your photos and videos stored in your laptop or desktop.

However, you must note that this browser has a set limit of 500 free messages a month. Any message sent or received after that will include a charge. Five hundred messages is a sufficient amount of free messages for light to moderate users. After that, you will be charged a reasonable price of $5.00 a month for any more text messages you receive or send.

How to receive text messages via iMessage for iOS and MACOS

The convenience of iOS relies on its functionality and ability to integrate and work its line of many devices simultaneously. Likewise, you can see the messages you receive in your iPhone directly in your Mac. Send and receive messages directly in your PC without even glancing at your phone. This quick set up guide will teach you how to do so.

First, you need to make sure that you are logged into the same iCloud account and that you are using the same Wi-Fi network for all devices. Then, go to the settings menu on your iPhone and tap messages. Then select “text message forwarding” and you will automatically be diverted to a page where you can view the other iOS devices you are or can connect with. From there you can easily select the devices you want to integrate with.

You will receive a 6-digit confirmation code that you will have to enter. This will ensure that you want to send and receive text messages from your iPhone to your Mac.

After completing the setup, you can send and receive text messages in a similar fashion as you would in your iPhone. Click the pencil icon that is above the contact list and start sending and receiving text messages to anyone in your contacts list. In this way, you can send and receive messages to and from other iOS and Mac users for free!     

Receive text messages via Android

Android messages have better functionality and availability than iOS. If you want to receive the messages from your Android phone in your desktop or laptop, any will work. It does not necessarily have to be a specific device such as Windows. The only requirement is that you have to set Android messages as the default app on your phone.

For a quick set up, first, go to the Android Messages homepage on your phone and select Android Messages Application. Then, tap on the 3-dot menu icon and choose “messages for web”. The last step is to connect your device with your browser wirelessly. You need to do this by scanning a QR code after which all your contacts will automatically synchronize and appear on your PC. Then, you can use your PC to receive text messages from your phone.

How to receive text messages using Cortana

If you use a Windows 10 PC, you can receive text messages easily using Cortana. This by far uses the most convenient method. All you have to do is search for “text” followed by the person you want to send a message to in the search bar, which is located in the bottom left corner just beside the Windows icon. For example, you want to text Daniel. Just type “text Daniel”.

Alternatively, you can use the audio recognition technology, where you can say “text Daniel” and Cortana will do the rest. However, you have to ensure that both your phone and PC are signed into the same Microsoft account.

A quick set up involves launching the People app and listing the contacts you want to text. These contacts are available in the Microsoft Account Database. You also need to ensure that the “apps notification sync” is on and then choose your desired app that you want to synchronize.

After this configuration, all you have to do is just type or say “message” in Cortana in the taskbar. Cortana will then provide you with further options such as choosing recipient, typing your message and receiving text messages. While receiving text messages, you will get notifications in the notification bar of your Windows 10 screen, which is located at the right side. Furthermore, you can directly reply to text messages from the notification bar in the provided field.

Receiveing SMS online using Google Voice

Since its inauguration, Google has only made our lives better with its transcending technology, and it further continues to do so. You can use Goggle Voice to send and receive SMS online free. However, this is applicable only in the case of U.S. and Canadian numbers. For other places, Google Voice service will use your Wi-Fi or mobile data plan in order to send and receive SMS online.

In order to send and receive SMS online, you have to have the Google Voice app installed or use the website. You can send text messages and multimedia messages also using these. You can also create group chats and send messages to 30 people at once. Keep in mind that if your text is longer than 160 characters to a non-Google Voice number, it will be counted as a multimedia message.

To send and receive SMS online using Google Voice, just follow these steps. First, you need to go to the Google Voice website, which is voice.google.com. Then, open the tab for messages and select “send a message”. Write down your message and enter a contact’s name or phone number, or create a group of up to thirty people. You can also insert files and images and turn it into a multimedia message. After that, just click send message and your work is done.  

With Google Voice, you can receive SMS online from anywhere in the world. Received messages are stored in the same place but written in bold. To hide messages you do not want to see, you could move them to the spam folder. Usually when replying to messages, your default Google Voice number will be used.

You could also use Google Voice to send and receive SMS online in both Android and iOS devices. However, you must have the Google Voice app installed. It works exactly the same way as in your computer but you have to do everything in the Google Voice application.

Other options to send and receive SMS online

Using your email account

Did you know you could actually use your email account to send and receive SMS online? However, you should note that this works freely only for Canadian and US numbers. With this, you can use your regular email account to send and receive text messages.

In order to enable this, first, click to compose an email like you normally would. Then, instead of inserting the contact from your email’s contact list, insert the receiver’s phone number first. Then insert “@” sign and enter the recipient’s carrier code. Then, compose your email as you usually would and click send, it will go as an SMS or MMS.

Likewise, you can also receive messages and find them directly in your inbox. Larger mails would usually be broken down to smaller text messages.

Things work a bit differently and in a simplified way for Gmail. If you are a Gmail user, you can use their chrome extension. A chrome extension called “send your email to SMS (text)” that allows you to send and receive text messages using your email. It is an app that lets you send ten text messages for free each month. If you want to use more than that, you have to upgrade to a paid version.

Using the Windows App

If you are a Windows user, you can use their specialized app to send and receive free text messages. It is called “Your Phone Companion”. Although it is a convenient app to send text messages, you cannot send any images or videos using this app.

To use this, first you need to press the Windows button on your keyboard and press on “your phone” on the app list. If you face any problem connecting your phone, the app will guide you through that. After establishing a successful connection, you can send and receive text messages using this app.

Knowing such techniques, apps and websites that will let you use your PC to receive and send messages for free will always prove beneficial. One way or the other, at one point these will come handy.

For example, you may land in a situation where your phone is temporarily unavailable but you have important business to carry out. Another instance where you have to send many text messages at once to different people and the thought of a small keypad scares you.

Other than that, these also come handy while conducting small businesses. If you run a small-scale business, then you can use one of these free methods to save costs. These are also beneficial for contacting people in the US and Canada. Many apps are especially designed to provide free services in these countries.

FAQs:

Which is the best one to use from the ones mentioned above?

This vastly depends upon the type of PC you are using and the operator; whether it is Mac, Windows or Android. Apart from that, it also depends upon your level of usage. Some may suffice you with their limited allowance where as in other cases you may have to upgrade.  

Are these services reliable?

In current times, yes, all these services are reliable and have vast numbers of users. Nevertheless, there is no guarantee how long their reliability lasts.  

Will these services remain free forever?

Well that cannot be predicted outright. Services like Google ought to be free but sometimes apps remove their free features and introduce a paid version, such as Pushbullet once did.