How to send & receive free online text messages

Updated April 17, 2017

Text messaging is a great way to keep in touch with individuals that have cell phones. Unfortunately you may not always have access to a cell phone to text someone when you need to. Luckily, it is easy to both send and receive text messages online with only a valid e-mail account.

Log into your e-mail account. If you do not have a current e-mail account there are many free services available online you can register with for a free e-mail account.

Compose a new e-mail. In the address bar, where you write the email address of the person you want to text, first enter the phone number you want to text, followed by the appropriate wireless carrier code. For instance, if you were trying to e-mail the phone number 555-123-4567 you would e-mail For a full list of carrier codes see the references section.

Compose your message. Remember text messages are small messages, usually no longer then 160 characters. Try to keep the message within those parameters so the person receiving your text does not receive a partially cut off message.

Press send. Your text message will now be sent to the intended recipient. Any text messages they send back will show up in your e-mail in-box. You may reply to the received message through e-mail to continue talking back and forth over text.

Things You'll Need

  • Cell phone number
  • Computer
  • Internet connection
  • Browser
  • E-mail account
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John Heller has been a freelance writer and author since 1998, beginning in college, and has written content for publishers such as Game Wire and Demand Studios. He focuses on and enjoys writing and blogging about health, technology, gaming, recreation, food and lifestyles for many online and print publications.