Email, Messaging, & Video Calls Texting & Messaging 6 Free Texting Apps and Services Send real texts to any cellphone or smartphone by Brandon De Hoyos Writer Brandon de Hoyos is former freelance contributor to Lifewire and a self-described IM veteran who covers the latest in messaging trends and videography. our editorial process LinkedIn Brandon De Hoyos Updated on September 20, 2020 Texting & Messaging Email Texting & Messaging Video Calls Tweet Share Email Many free messaging apps let you send text messages to others. Unfortunately, most of them only work if the other person also has that same app. Another way to send free texts is to use an app or web service that sends real text messages. When you message someone's phone, they'll receive it as an SMS, so you can text from your computer, tablet, phone, or iPod that doesn't have a phone plan. 01 of 06 TextNow: Unlimited Free Texting App What We Like Customization options. Connects to your contacts. Supports free phone calls. What We Don't Like Shows ads. Must use actively or lose number. Call quality can be poor. TextNow is one of the best free text messaging apps. It lets you send an unlimited number of messages per month, send pictures, and send regular texts. Because this app gives you a second phone number, you can text any phone, and the recipient can text you back. One thing that sets this free text messaging app apart from the rest is that you can use it from your phone and your computer. Download TextNow 02 of 06 FreedomPop: Send Free Online Texts to Any Mobile Phone What We Like Easy to use. Supports U.S., U.K., and Spain numbers. Runs on Android and iOS. What We Don't Like Messaging limits. Limited support. Many features are premium. FreedomPop is much like TextNow in that you can text real phones for free using nothing but your data plan or Wi-Fi. When you use FreedomPop, you get a second number that works like a real one, supporting texts and calls. Download FreedomPop 03 of 06 Google Voice: Text Free From Your Google Account What We Like Use Google account. Send to any texting-enabled phone. Separate phone number. What We Don't Like Account required. Limited local numbers available. Limited support. Google Voice lets users get a free virtual phone number. With it, you can send texts to any phone that accepts text messages, and you can do it from your computer or your phone/tablet. Use Google Voice Messaging 04 of 06 Text Free: The Fastest Way to Text From Your Computer Textfree Web lets you pick a number from any of the supported area codes, and within a minute, you can start firing away free text messages from your computer. This free texting service supports sending texts, images, and a number of built-in emoji. What We Like Quick sign-up process. Syncs with Google Contacts. Supports group texting. What We Don't Like Number expires if not actively used. Includes ads. Sometimes freezes. Download Text Free 05 of 06 Globfone: Send Free Texts Anonymously and Without Logging In What We Like No user account required. Texts are anonymous. Monitor message status. What We Don't Like Slow. No way to receive responses. Messages show "/ globfone.com" at the end Globfone is not an app but a web service that lets you send free text messages to any mobile phone in various countries. Just visit the site, choose the country where the phone resides, enter the number, and send it off. Use Globfone Online 06 of 06 Email: Send a Free Text Right From Your Email Account What We Like No app required. Easy to use. Works with any email client What We Don't Like Doesn't work for all carriers. Might now work with multimedia messages. Must know cell phone carrier. You can also text for free from Gmail, Outlook, iCloud, and other email providers. The way it works is that you send an email to the recipient's phone number. The only downside to this method of free texting is that you have to know the person's cell phone provider. For example, if you know that your friend uses Verizon Wireless, then you can text for free from your email by sending the message to email@example.com. Just put their number in the To box and instead of adding a regular email domain at the end, put @vtext.com. A different domain is required for other carriers. You can see which carrier your friend uses and how to address the email by looking up their phone number on Free Carrier Lookup.