Android app lets you send text messages from your computer
MightyText is a great Android app/desktop browser combination that enables you to send text messages straight from your computer’s web browser. It had been in beta until earlier this week, meaning that it was only available as a Chrome extension. However, the MightyText web app has now been released, so it is now compatible with Chrome, Firefox, Safari and Internet Explorer (click here to download the correct browser add-on). You do also need to have the (free) Android app installed for it to work, meaning that at the moment it is only available to Android users.
I’ve been using MightyText for a while now and while it’s not as polished as some of its competitors, such as DeskSMS (which is also a paid for service), for me it offers the best functionality for this kind of app. The developers have been updating features steadily over the past year, ironing out bugs and making the experience more seamless in general. MightyText is a simple idea that works well, and saves you time as there’s no need to check your phone or use it to send messages. While the act of sending the message is carried out using the browser extension, the message itself is sent through the handset. This does mean that the message is still taken from your tariffs allowance, but most of us have a healthy, if not unlimited, allocation of text messages these days. Sending it via the phone does also mean that your message string remains updated on your handset.
You log into MightyText using your Gmail account, enabling you to have instant access to your Google contacts. It also includes your contact icons, which are displayed with a message notification and within the web app itself. You can specify how long messages are stored with MightyText, the minimum being a day and the maximum 6 months. When you receive a message, a pop up appears in the top right of your screen, which you can then click to view the message. At the moment there aren’t many options to configure, but then there doesn’t necessarily need to be for such a basic concept. No doubt a few more settings will be added in due course, but for now the app performs extremely well as is.