Android Phone/Windows PC Texting

I am finally switching to Android from Windows Phone. I know there was talk about being able to use a Windows PC to send text messages through an Android device. Does anyone know if this is now possible? If so can someone tell me which apps I will need to have to sync the messaging?

Conversation 9 comments

  • Paul Thurrott

    Premium Member
    09 October, 2017 - 1:44 pm

    <p>This is a feature of Cortana. So you need the Cortana app on your phone and Windows 10 on your PC.</p>

    • InterPSU

      09 October, 2017 - 2:36 pm

      <blockquote><a href="#205346"><em>In reply to paul-thurrott:</em></a></blockquote><p>So this won't work with My People or Skype? On Windows 10 and WinPhone10 I could only reply using Cortana, not initiate conversation. While using Skype on Windows 10 and WinPhone10 I was able to initiate conversations, though syncing wasn't always the best.</p><p><br></p><p>Btw, since this our first interaction, I enjoy reading your articles and listening to you and Mary Jo on Windows Weekly.</p>

      • sammyd710730

        09 October, 2017 - 2:56 pm

        <blockquote><a href="#205390"><em>In reply to InterPSU:</em></a></blockquote><p>As of right now this functionality appears to be locked to Cortana.</p>

  • Finley

    Premium Member
    10 October, 2017 - 11:29 pm

    <p>You can initiate a text by asking Cortana to text "person's name"</p><p><br></p><p>You can also reply to a text in the text notification window. </p>

  • Chris_Kez

    Premium Member
    12 October, 2017 - 4:29 pm

    <p>On my Windows 10 PC I use the setup Paul describes. The Cortana app on my Nexus 5X pipes my text messages to my Surface, where I see them in the Action Center then respond to them. </p><p>At work I use a Windows 8.1 PC so instead I use Pushbullet. You download the app on your phone, then either use the desktop app or the Chrome extension on the PC.</p><p>Both setups work reasonably well, but I'm not sure either one has been 100% perfect. </p>

  • InterPSU

    19 October, 2017 - 1:57 pm

    <p>Thanks for everyone's replies.</p>

  • Brandonlpierce

    Premium Member
    19 October, 2017 - 2:59 pm

    <p>FWIW I use Pulse Messenger on Android. It has Firefox/Chrome add-ons, Chrome web app, and Windows application.</p>

  • staganyi

    Premium Member
    20 October, 2017 - 9:45 am

    <p>Is there an app that exists that does both web/text messaging that is available on both windows &amp; android?</p>

  • Daekar

    07 March, 2018 - 9:43 pm

    <p>Pulse SMS does this, it's what I use. </p>

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