SMS on MAC - How?

Discussion in 'macOS Sierra (10.12)' started by Reality4711, Apr 9, 2017.

  1. Reality4711 macrumors 6502

    Reality4711

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    I do not use an iPhone, so how can I send and receive text messages from my Mac?

    It would seem a sensible thing to be able to do when on wifi out and about and from home.

    What am I missing?

    Regards. Sharkey

    ps. UK based
     
  2. chabig macrumors 68040

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    SMS messaging is a cellular telephone technology. The Mac doesn't have cellular radios so it cannot behave as a phone.
     
  3. Reality4711 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    OK. Got that.

    So is there a way of contacting someone's phone from my Mac, if not SMS.?

    I realise imessage/email can work - but nothing else?

    Regards. Sharkey
     
  4. MacGizmo macrumors 6502a

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    You can use the Messages app to send/receive SMS messages. You will need an Apple ID and a valid email address to send/receive messages.
     
  5. chabig macrumors 68040

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    You can use other messaging apps, like Skype, WhatsApp, or Twitter. Anything that has a web browser interface for you, provided they have the corresponding app on their phone. WhatsApp is pretty nice.
     
  6. Reality4711 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Thank you everyone that seems to solve the problem brilliantly.
    Regards Sharkey
     
  7. iNarcoleptic macrumors newbie

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  8. Yahooligan macrumors 6502a

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    No, you can use Messages to send and receive iMessage messages to other iMessage users without a cell phone, you cannot send SMS messages using the Messages app unless you have an iPhone, which the OP doesn't have.
     
  9. grumpywino macrumors newbie

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  10. HallStevenson macrumors 6502

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    I use Yappy currently. I used to use MightyText but they implemented a 250-message per month limit unless you pay. It used to be 500 messages. Yappy has no limit but they do have ads in their web-based app so I pay for a 6-month at a time subscription (less than $10 total - can't remember exactly).
     
  11. panzer06 macrumors 68030

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    Google Voice sends and receives texts and pics (no video that I've been able to figure out) on Android and iPhone and on the Mac in a web browser
     
  12. flowrider macrumors 601

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    ^^^^Yes, Google Voice has been working for me for both texts and SMS messages. I use it with Safari, GV doesn't work with Firefox.

    Lou
     

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