I sometimes do not have my mobile phone in reach when I'm working on my desktop PC. This can be because it is charging in another room or because I forgot to take it out of my coat when I got home. But even if it is in reach, I sometimes can't be bothered to check the latest SMS notifications I have received. My phone is encrypted which means that I have to type in a lengthy key to decrypt it before I can access the apps installed on it.
I discovered Mightytext some time ago, an application for Android that brings part of Android's messaging capabilities to the desktop computer. What's interesting here is that you not only get to see new SMS or MMS messages when they arrive, but also options to reply right from the interface.
There are two steps that need to be completed to install Mighttext on your devices
- Install the application by heading over to Google Play or using the built-in store of your phone. Note that it requires many permissions.
- Once installed open the web app of the service. First time you do that you are asked to sign in to your Google account and allow the app to access account related data.
- Extensions are available for several web browsers, Chrome and Firefox for instance, that add notification options to the service. This basically means that you will see a desktop notification when you receive new messages even if the browser is not in front at that time.
Open the web app and click on the Preview link at the bottom to open the new interface which offers better functionality. Here you get a sidebar on the left, your contacts that you have communicated with recently next to it, and once you select a contact, the conversation on the right.
The application lets you switch views which may be interesting if you are a power user. If you select Power View, you get multiple interfaces for all of your contacts you have exchanged messages with. Here you see current conversation and get options to send new messages to contacts in a heart beat.
About that: The desktop application receives instant notifications whenever new messages arrive so that you can check them out the second they arrive on your phone.
The sidebar highlights the phone's battery status as well which can be helpful to find out whether it is best to charge the phone right then.
If you work on your desktop PC, laptop or tablet most of the day you may like what Mightytext has to offer. One application that is really interesting besides the obvious, is to leave the phone in an area with reception while you are working on your laptop or computer somewhere else where reception is flaky at best.
The rights that you have to give on the other hand may keep security conscious users away from the application, especially if the phone is being used for security verifications.