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DeskSMS Pushes Your Text Messages to Your Desktop

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Android: If you’d like to spend less time pecking at a little onscreen keyboard and more time quickly responding to text messages, DeskSMS pushes your text messages from your phone to your Gmail, GTalk, or DeskSMS web interface.

You install the app and configure it to talk to your Google account. From there you can have text messages pushed to your Gmail account or GTalk account and respond to them from within that service. The best part is that your replies will appear, seamlessly, from your phone number and not the email address of some sort of forwarding gateway.

In addition to accessing it via Gmail and GTalk, you can grab the Chrome or Firefox extension for browser integrated SMS pushes or use the web-based interface.

DeskSMS has a 14-day free trial; after that there is a one time purchase price of $4.99. Hit up the link below to download a copy and read more about the app. DeskSMS requires Android 2.2+.

DeskSMS [via MakeUseOf]

Jason Fitzpatrick is a warranty-voiding DIYer who spends his days cracking opening cases and wrestling with code so you don't have to. If it can be modded, optimized, repurposed, or torn apart for fun he's interested (and probably already at the workbench taking it apart). You can follow him on if you'd like.

  • Published 10/18/11

Comments (10)

  1. Gus

    thumbs up!

  2. Christopher Heuer

    It’s not a one-time purchase of $4.99 but rather a yearly fee. But still well worth it IMO.

  3. Robert

    Mighty Text is free and has tabbed messaging and taskbar noifications where you can reply to.

  4. brie987

    I paid for DeskSMS and its spotty at best. I get alerted 30% of the time. I get error sent messages 50% of the time. I also get error messages even thought it has been sent so I end up repeating the message multiple times. $5 a year, really. Money lost, tried to contact dev. Nothing. I used Mighttext and loved it but I don’t use Chrome anymore due to freezes and crashes from memory issues. I want to like this but it works half the time at best. I also have to restart the browser when I find that I am not getting my text. Very sad. Would like refund actually.

  5. Keeper

    Or, you know, you could just sign up for Google Voice… which syncs up between your phone (via app and/or SMS), web interface, and Gmail. Just sayin’.

  6. Phil

    I like EasySMS – extremely reliable and free. It is nagware, but that’s reasonable considering its use. I’m probably going to donate to get the upgraded version, not because it’s nagware (which i can put up with) but because I find it so useful.

  7. vince_tech

    or if you have Androide get Google Voice and go beyond texting from your desktop and actually have a phone number you can control, never lose, and do more than pay $4.99 to text from your desktop.

  8. Jamie Don

    Google Voice (integrated with Sprint wireless service) is the way to go!

  9. Ariston Collander

    Android + Chrome + SMS = MightyText

    Works like a charm…

  10. Ryan

    I have been using Browser Texting it is an plugging for Chrome. Does the same thing and is also free.

    I will check out the mightytext see if it is any better.

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