Send text messages from your computer

Posted on:  11/10/2016
Send text messages from your computer

Need to send text messages from your computer? It is super easy and it doesn’t matter whether you use Gmail, Yahoo Mail, Outlook, or any email client. All you need is the person’s cell phone and their carrier. You can look up their cell phone carrier from the table I posted from below.


  1. Start a new mail message.
  2. Type in the person’s cell phone number and carrier information after the @ symbol.  Example: [email protected] to send to a Verizon phone.
  3. Leave the subject line blank.
  4. Go to the body of the email and type your message. Ideally, your message should be under 160 characters.
  5. Click Send

Note: if someone replies to your text message, it will go to your computer.

Cell phone carriers

In the table below, you will usually use column 2. Column 3 is for sending messages with images attached. One last note: T-Mobile requires a 1 before the phone number.

U.S. Carrier SMS Gateway MMS Gateway
U.S. Cellular
Virgin Mobile
Boost Mobile

Look up cell phone carrier

Need to look up a cell phone carrier? Just use this website.

Did you know 97% of text messages are opened compared to 27% to 32% of emails? You can see the advantage of sending a text message.

Chris Menard

Chris Menard is a Senior Training Specialist at SurePoint Technologies. Chris is certified in Excel, Word, PowerPoint, and Outlook. Menard has a YouTube channel with other 600 technology videos covering Excel, Word, Zoom, Teams, Outlook, Gmail, Google Calendar, and other resources that over 7 million viewers have very appreciated. Because of Chris's certification and expertise with Microsoft, Chris is a proud member of Microsoft's Creator Team. Being a member of Microsoft's Creator Teams means many of his videos are available on Microsoft 365 YouTube channel and Microsoft support websites.