I want to know how I can send a SMS message (not an iMessage) from my Mac. I don't have great Wi-Fi right now, so I need to send a text message in order for it to go through. I know to send one on an iPhone, one needs to hold down the message bubble, but I don't know how to send one on OS X.

  • You can't send a text message on Wi-Fi, unless you set up Text Message Forwarding between your iPhone and Mac.
    – At0mic
    Nov 1 '15 at 16:53

This is called Text Message Forwarding and requires iOS 8.1 or above. Make sure both the OS X Messages App and your iPhone have the same Apple ID enabled. Then, do the following:

  1. On your iPhone, tap Settings > Messages.
  2. Tap Text Message Forwarding.
  3. Enable your Mac in the list of devices.
  4. On your Mac, open Messages.
  5. A six-digit activation code appears.
  6. Enter this code on your iPhone, then tap Allow.

That should just about do it.

  • Nope, that's not it. There is no "Text Message Forwarding" under Message in settings. Thanks for playing. May 16 '16 at 3:40

Forgive me as I am not sure where in the world you are, but at least here in the US you can typically send text messages in one of two ways (other than by phone):

  1. Using the recipient's carrier's email-to-SMS gateway (typically something like NNNNNNNNNN@txt.carrier.com).
  2. Using the recipient's carrier's send-a-text website.

This assumes, of course, that you know which carrier your recipient is using. If you do, doing a web search for one of the above along with the carrier name is likely to provide you with a solution.

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