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.
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.