How to Text a Cell Phone From Your Computer

By Jackie Bailey

To send SMS via email use the phone number of the person you are messaging as the address and the provider as the domain.

Text a cell phone from your computer when you do not have access to your cell phone or text messaging service. You can send messages from your computer either through your email or through programs designed for this purpose, such as Google Voice or Pinger for your browser or your desktop.

Sending a Text Message Through Email

Send a text to a cell phone using any email service as long as your computer has an Internet connection.

To send a text via email, use the 10-digit phone number of the person you are texting as the address and the carrier he uses as the domain. For example: (phone number) After you write your text message, click Send.


Keep your message 160 characters or less. If you type more, only the first 160 characters are sent to the cell phone.

Using Google Voice to Send a Text

If you do not already have one, register for a Google account to sign up for Google Voice.

Choose a Number

After registering for Google Voice, you can use a new number or an existing cell phone number to text or call from your computer. Google Voice services are free for calls and text messages in the United States. However, Google Voice charges rates for international calls.


If you choose your own number:

  • Google Voice charges you a one-time $20 fee.

  • Your current cell phone plan will be terminated, possibly resulting in an early termination fee.

  • You must set up a new phone plan with your current or a new cellular provider.

Click Text and Send

Sign in to your Google Voice account and click Text. Enter the recipient's cell phone number and type your message. Then press Send.


You must have a non-Google Voice phone number to use this service. This number can be a landline or a cell phone.

Using Pinger

Using Pinger on the Web

Sign In

Sign in to Pinger textfree Web in your browser.

Press the +

Once you sign in, press the plus (+) sign. Type the phone number or email address to which you are sending a text message and press OK.

Send Text in Pinger Web

Type your message and press Send.


You must have a current cell phone number to use this service.

Using Pinger for the Desktop

You need to sign up for a free Pinger account either with the browser-based Pinger textfree Web or with the standalone Pinger desktop application before you can use the text messaging service.

Download Pinger Desktop

Pinger Desktop is available for free download for Windows 7 or newer and Mac OS X 10.6, 10.7 or 10.8.

Sign In

Sign in to the desktop application.

Send Text on Desktop

Choose the recipient of the text message, type your message, and press Send.


  • You can use Pinger on any of your devices.

  • Once you sign up for Pinger using any of your devices, your account works on all other devices.

  • Sending and receiving text messages through Pinger is always free.

Sign Up for Pinger

To use Pinger in your browser or to use the standalone desktop application, you need to register for a free Pinger account. Pinger provides you with a free phone number to send unlimited free text messages from your computer.

Text messaging is always free with Pinger, as is receiving calls. However, you can send calls only to other Pinger numbers for free -- if you are calling a non Pinger number, you must purchase or earn minutes.


Three ways to get minutes for making calls using Pinger:

  • Watch promotional videos

  • Complete offers from partners of Pinger

  • Buy minutes