Texty Sends SMS Messages From Chrome Using Your Phone Number

Texty Sends SMS Messages From Chrome Using Your Phone Number

Android/Chrome: No one likes texting on small, autocorrect-prone phone keyboards. Texty connects your phone to Google Chrome, letting you send and receive SMS messages right from the extension bar.

Generally, if you want to send text messages from your computer, the best way to do so is by signing up for Google Voice. But if you don’t want to change your number or you live outside the US, you don’t have that option. Texty saves you from your tiny phone keyboard by sending SMS messages from Chrome. What’s awesome is that it does it through your actual handset, so the texts come right from your actual number and you can access them on your phone later.


To set up Texty, first download the app on your phone and sign in to it with your Google account. When it says it’s connected, you can then download the Chrome extension, which will immediately link up with your phone and let you send text messages directly from your browser. You can also link Texty to your Google Contacts database, which lets you type in your contacts’ names instead of their phone numbers. When you get a reply, Texty will give you a notification, so you never miss a message.

Texty is in private beta right now, but we’ve got 2000 codes to give out to Lifehacker readers that want to give it a try. To sign up, hit the link below and type in the code lifehacker-texty when you sign up.

Please enter this code on the site and do not email it to us as emailing it will do nothing.

As it’s still in beta, there are a few quirks, but the Texty team was quick to respond to any and all issues I had, so shoot them a support request if you have any issues.

Texty is a free download for Android devices running 2.2 and up, as well as Google Chrome on Windows, Mac or Linux.

Texty Beta Sign-Up
Texty for Android [Android Market]
Texty Chrome Extension [Chrome Web Store]


  • Interestingly I was thinking this morning while swyping out a txt to my wife from work that it would be much nicer to be able to do this on a keyboard. Will check it out now!

    • I would really like this on the iPhone, I know you can use a VNC client to control the phone but I just want something simple like in the days when I had my Nokia phone with the provided software allowed you to do this via usb or bluetooth, that was awesome, does anybody have some suggestions?

    • Just got any email from Texty who reported the allocated 2,000 LifeHacker invites were exhausted within 45 minutes of posting of the original (American) article. They’re still accepting requests to join the beta but expect a longer wait.

  • Note that there are apps such as EasySMS that’ll let you send SMS using a web-browser if the phone/computer are on the same WiFi.

    This does sound interesting though 🙂

  • Also found this on xda, which I’m using for the moment. Benefits of this as below:

    LazyDroid Web Desktop is a web application that allows you to control your mobile phone from a WiFi, internet or USB connection.

    The app features the following:
    SMS – Send SMS via the web interface
    Contacts – view and manage your contacts
    Call handler – call/answer/reject/silence calls with the speakerphone or headset on your phone
    Remote view – view the screen of your device and take a screenshot (requires root)
    Sensors – view the sensor values of your phone
    Clipboard – view and set the clipboard of your phone

    I can’t speculate on how this compares with Texty for sms use, but it does arguably do far more. Works especially nicely for me, as I have my phone connected via USB to my PC at work, and the two don’t share the same local network.

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