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.
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:
- On your iPhone, tap Settings > Messages.
- Tap Text Message Forwarding.
- Enable your Mac in the list of devices.
- On your Mac, open Messages.
- A six-digit activation code appears.
- Enter this code on your iPhone, then tap Allow.
That should just about do it.
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):
- Using the recipient's carrier's email-to-SMS gateway (typically something like NNNNNNNNNN@txt.carrier.com).
- 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.