If you want SMS notifications on your desktop screen, you’ve come to the right place.
When you’re working hard, it can be annoying if you have to go for your phone whenever you get a SMS message. Thankfully, there are a number of apps you can use to get your messages to appear on your computer screen in a few steps.
Here’s a list with 7 apps you can use, along with information and ratings for each one. Let’s kick off the list with one of the most popular apps available on the store.
SMS Text Messaging & Group MMS
This app is highly recommended by users and industry experts alike. It offers a variety of features along with the SMS functionality, and you can block messages from unwanted numbers. You can even schedule texts to be sent out on a later date, which can be useful if you have to communicate frequently by text message.
Some users have reported issues while attempting to send MMS messages on the app, but the SMS feature was never affected. The developer tends to reply to any issues, and it’s easy enough to use and set up.
If you’re still not sure, here’s a video that briefly goes through some of the features:
Each of the apps on this list can be used to send SMS messages to your device, and most are easy enough to install and use. This app only takes two steps to get going;
If you just want one of the biggest (and safest) options, this is a great option.Show Downloads
Pushbullet is another highly rated app, winning numerous awards since its release. It integrates with a variety of different messaging apps, so there’s no chance of you missing out on those important updates. These apps include WhatsApp and Facebook.
It can also be used to send files between the two devices, which is a handy additional feature that many of us will find useful. It’s one of the most popular apps on this list, and it’ll be sure to handle all of your needs.
If you want to stick with a well-known app, this could be a good choice, but the introduction of Pushbullet Pro has made a number of users move away.Show Downloads
If you’re not impressed with the first couple apps, maybe AirDroid is the one for you. It’ll allow you to send SMS messages, but you’ll have to make an account first.
Here’s a video showing off how it works;Show Downloads
Deskphone – SMS on Desktop
Deskphone is another option found on the Play Store, and you don’t have to register to use the service. It uses a Google Chrome extension to deliver your messages to you, and you sign in with your Google account.
They’ve also been quick to address any problems by responding directly to users, which is always a good sign. It shows that they care about the product, although the app hasn’t been updated since September 2014.
It’s not as polished as some of the others on this list, but it’ll still get the job done.Show Downloads
AirMore is a tool that allows you to connect your mobile device to your PC wirelessly. You can scan a QR code for a simple way to connect, and it also offers file transfer and document management capabilities. If you want more than just SMS messaging, it could be worth checking out.
One of the perks is the number of different features on offer, so check it out if you want more than just a SMS desktop app.Show Downloads
This is a smaller option when compared to others on this list, but it’ll still handle your SMS needs. There’s no signup required, and they’re highly focused on security. Here’s what they have to say about it;
The number one goal of TextJs is security. Other desktop-SMS apps work by sending your messages through third party servers. This means other people can read your messages! TextJs sends messages directly from your computer to your phone (and vice versa), which means nobody else can read your messages—not even the NSA 😀
So if security is your main concern, this app could be the one for you. There are also a number of security apps and services you can use to keep your device secure on Android, such as Android for Work.
Despite the claims, most of the apps on this list should be fine as long as you make sure to close the app (or lock your desktop) while you’re away from the screen. You wouldn’t want to leave your phone open and unlocked.Show Downloads
Yappy – SMS Texting from PC
Yappy is a free SMS messaging app, and it makes up the last of the options on this list. Yappy might not be as well known as the others on this list, but it’s still very capable.
It’s easy enough to use, and it’s another that’s easy enough to install on your Android device.
However, users have reported that it drains battery life and there are a few minor bugs. If you can get past a few teething problems, Yappy is growing into a great competitor to some of the more established names on this list.
The overall score might be slightly lower, but it’s still a decent option. Users are starting to make the switch from other apps in an effort to stay away from paying extra, so it’s worth checking out if the others are too costly.Show Downloads
As you can see, there’s a great variety of options on the store if you want SMS messages on your screen. These apps should help to increase your productivity, but be careful not to get distracted by your friends. Just because you can now type faster, doesn’t mean you should send more messages.
They’re easy enough to install and use, and you can choose whichever is suitable for your needs. Hopefully, you should have a better idea of most of the different options on the store, as well as which one is right for you. Once you’ve decided, let us know which one you pick in the comments below!
If we’ve missed an easy way to send and receive SMS messages on your desktop, or you have questions about one of the apps on this list, let us know in the comments below, or you can contact us via Facebook or Twitter.