Check Android SMS on your desktop computer

Martin Brinkmann
Jan 28, 2013
Updated • Jan 28, 2013
Apps, Google Android

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.

Note: Giving a third party access to your phone's SMS capabilities is something that you need to consider carefully. Not only may you have associated recovery options for accounts - Google comes to mind - to the phone, you may also receive transaction numbers or other important information via SMS.


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.

mighytext sms receive send desktop screenshot

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.


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  1. bruh said on August 18, 2023 at 1:25 pm

    Uhh, this has already been possible – I am not sure how but remember my brother telling me about it. I’m not a whatsapp user so not sure of the specifics, but something about sending the image as a file and somehow bypassing the default compression settings that are applied to inbound photos.

    He has also used this to share movies to whatsapp groups, and files 1Gb+.

    Like I said, I never used whatsapp, but I know 100% this isn’t a “brand new feature”, my brother literally showed me him doing it, like… 5 months ago?

  2. 💥 said on August 18, 2023 at 3:55 pm

    Martin, what happened to those: 12 Comments ( Is there a specific justifiable reason why they were deleted?

    Hmm, it looks like the gHacks website database is faulty, and not populating threads with their relevant cosponsoring posts.

  3. 45 RPM said on August 19, 2023 at 6:29 pm

    The page on ghacks this is on represents the best of why it has become so worthless, fill of click-bait junk that it’s about to be deleted from my ‘daily reads’.

    It’s really like “Press Release as re-written by some d*ck for clicks…poorly.” And the subjects are laughable. Can’t wait for “How to search for files on Windows”.

    1. owl said on August 20, 2023 at 12:51 am

      > The page on ghacks this is on represents the best of why it has become so worthless, fill of click-bait junk…

      Sadly, I have to agree.

      Only Martin and Ashwin are worth subscribing to.
      Especially Emre Çitak and Shaun are the worst ones.

      If intended “Clickbait”, it would mark the end of Ghacks Technology News.
      Ghacks doesn’t need crappy clickbaits. Clearly separate articles from newer authors (perhaps AIs and external sales person or external advertising man) as just “Advertisements”!

      We, the subscribers of Ghacks, urge Martin to make a decision.

  4. chessandonions said on August 20, 2023 at 12:40 am

    because nevermore wants to “monetize” on every aspect of human life…

  5. Frank Rizzo said on August 20, 2023 at 11:52 pm

    “Threads” is like the Walmart of Social Media.

  6. Ashray said on August 21, 2023 at 4:06 pm

    How hard can it be to clone a twitter version of that as well? They’re slow.

  7. Paul(us) said on August 21, 2023 at 5:16 pm

    Yes, why not mention how large the HD files can be?
    Why, not mention what version of WhatsApp is needed?
    These omissions make the article feel so bare. If not complete.

    1. Paul(us) said on August 21, 2023 at 5:18 pm

      Sorry posted on the wrong page.

  8. Marc said on August 21, 2023 at 6:00 pm

    such a long article for such a simple matter. Worthless article ! waste of time

  9. plusminus_ said on August 21, 2023 at 7:54 pm

    I already do this by attaching them via the ‘Document’ option.

  10. John G. said on August 21, 2023 at 11:43 pm

    I don’t know what’s going on here at Ghacks but it’s obvious that something is broken, comments are being mixed whatever the article, I am unable to find some of my later posts neither. :S

  11. Tom Hawack said on August 23, 2023 at 2:28 pm

    Quoting the article,
    “As users gain popularity, the value of their tokens may increase, allowing investors to reap rewards.”

    Besides, beyond the thrill and privacy risks or not, the point is to know how you gain popularity, be it on social sites as everywhere in life. Is it by being authentic, by remaining faithful to ourselves or is it to have this particular skill which is to understand what a majority likes, just like politicians, those who’d deny to the maximum extent compatible with their ideological partnership, in order to grab as many of the voters they can?

    I see the very concept of this as unhealthy, propagating what is already an increasing flaw : the quest for fame. I won’t be the only one to count himself out, definitely.

    1. Tom Hawack said on August 23, 2023 at 2:34 pm

      @John G. is right : my comment was posted on [] and it appears there but as well here at []

      This has been lasting for several days. Fix it or at least provide some explanations if you don’t mind.

  12. Tom said on August 24, 2023 at 11:53 am

    > Google Chrome is following in Safari’s footsteps by introducing a new feature that allows users to move the Chrome address bar to the bottom of the screen, enhancing user accessibility and interaction.

    Firefox did this long before Safari.

  13. Mavoy said on September 16, 2023 at 2:17 pm

    Basically they’ll do anything except fair royalties.

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