How to send email from your computer to a cellphone, or send a text from your phone to an email address

How to send text someone from your email program to their cell phone.

How to send a text message or photo from your cell phone to someone’s email address.


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Getting content from your computer to a cell phone, or from your phone to someone’s email is not only EZ, –it can be a lifesaver.

Examples of Why It is Good To Know How:

The other day a friend EMAILED me ELABORATE DIRECTIONS to her home. Problem was, I needed those directions on my cellphone to take with me in the car. So I forwarded those emailed direction from my laptop to my cellphone. Then yesterday one of my programmers needed to have me look at a screenshot right away, but I was away from my laptop, so I told him to “email the graphic to my cellphone as a multimedia text message.” It also help to know how to get photos from your camera phone to your computer where you can photoshop them.

Here’s how you can send a TXT Message or Photo from your cellphone to an email address:

1) In your cellphone’s text message program, type the recipient’s email address into the “to:” field, type a message, then press send. That’s it!

(If including a photo, remember to attach/insert it).  Today’s cellular networks will automatically route your “txt message” to the email address.

TIP:  Since I often send cellphone photos from my cellphone to my laptop for editing, I have created a contact in my cellphone’s directory named “Email Neil” -and put as the email address, –leaving the phone number field blank in the contact directory screen. The cellphone software, sees that the phone number field is empty and uses the email address. Nice. Now all I have to do is type “neil…” in the TO: field, and it autofills the rest of my email address because that address is in my contact directory.

Here’s how to send Email or a text msg from your computer to a cellphone:

You’re going to need to know the CELL PHONE PROVIDER of the person you want to text.  i.e., Verizon, ATT, Consumer Cellular, etc. Why? Because after you type the person’s 10 digit cell number, you’re going to need to send it to their providers TEXT “gateway.”  See the list of gateway addresses below to add to the ten digit number so that  your “TO:” address looks like (or net). 
  1. Open your email app on your phone, tablet, or computer.
  2. In the “To” field, enter the 10-digit phone number you want to text, and add the corresponding email domain to the end of it.
  3. Fill in the subject line, and compose your message.
  4. Press SEND.

So for example, if you wanted to send me a text message using your email program, you’d send an email “to:” — because I use ATT.

“SMS” stands for simple mail, just text. MMS is for mail you want to attach a graphic to.

  • AT&T: (SMS), (MMS)
  • T-Mobile: & MMS)
  • Consumer Cellular:
  • Verizon: (SMS), (MMS)
  • Sprint:, (MMS)
  • XFinity Mobile: (SMS), (MMS)
  • Virgin Mobile: (SMS), (MMS)
  • Metro PCS: (SMS & MMS)
  • Boost Mobile: (SMS), (MMS)
  • Cricket: (SMS), (MMS)
  • U.S. Cellular: (SMS),


Below is a list of the email “gateway” addresses for different carriers.



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