1. Saren Meserkhani's Avatar
    The TL;DR version: Does anyone know of a way to SMS text on a tablet using your original phone number seamlessly, that can also text pictures, without having to pay monthly for unlimited?
    However, below I cover many of the answers I might get, why they don't work, and I also explain why I'm asking in the Note 4 forums. If there is a better place for this question, please redirect me, thank you.

    So I'm practicing to become an Android teacher, a service I hope to erect one day and turn into a business. I intend to be one of those people that can talk someone out of switching to Apple by proving that Android does everything Apple does. One dead end I seem to be hitting is SMS texting from a tablet. I've actually met people who claim that the reason they don't want to move away from Apple is because of the ability to text from a tablet. So I've been experimenting with my phone (Note 4) and tablet (LG G Pad 7.0) to do the same, and what I'm seeing is really odd, and the biggest roadblocks seem to be related to the Note 4.

    With Verizon, they have their own texting app that seems to work on all devices, so with them they're in the clear. I have AT&T, so I figured I'd start with AT&T Messages. Can't even start there, because my "device isn't compatible with this version." Which is odd because my parents have an S4 and an S5 and they have AT&T Messages. Also I tried over and over to log in on my G Pad and it seems like it's never going to happen. Maybe for my future students it will work out, but for me that bridge is blocked.

    The popular one seems to be Mightytext. It installed on my G Pad and it asked to install onto my phone. Again, "device isn't compatible" for the Note 4. Seriously? What is up with the Note 4? Why does this particular phone model seem adamant on preventing the use of alternative texting applications? (This is why I'm posting this on the Note 4 forums, if there is a better forum for answering my question please redirect, thank you)

    Before all of this, I assumed Hangouts was the way to go. After plenty of frustration trying to figure out why Hangouts was using my Google Voice number by default, I finally found out how to switch to SMS on my phone and text from Hangouts using my phone number. Unfortunately those SMS texts do not transfer over to the G Pad at all.

    Then I found out about Google Messenger! Thought I finally found my answer. But this time, Google Messenger doesn't install onto the G Pad, saying "device isn't compatible".

    For a second it seemed like Pushbullet was the answer, and it was working great. Until I realized it limits you to 100 texts per month, and it doesn't let you send picture texts from the tablet.

    Next app I tried, Go SMS Pro. Works on the phone. Not the tablet. Device requires SMS capability. It's funny how it let me install the app on the tablet even though it's main requirement doesn't exist on the device it's being installed to, should have given me another "device isn't compatible with this version" notification. But I digress.

    It seems like I'm losing this one in terms of the Apple vs. Android fight. It might seem irrelevant, texting on a tablet, but for some people it's entirely relevant, and as a salesman I lose a lot of money in saying something (Anything Apple can do Android can do equally) and being wrong. Does anyone know of a way to SMS text on a tablet using your original phone number seamlessly, that can also text pictures, without having to pay monthly for unlimited?

    I do type a lot, I know, it's one of my weaknesses :/
    04-16-2016 08:20 PM
  2. AXEL314's Avatar
    I'm not familiar with texting on a tablet, but have you tried Google Voice? I saw it mentioned in this thread


    Note 4 910C 5.1.1 | Android Central App
    04-16-2016 09:31 PM
  3. pduffer's Avatar
    I'm just wondering why having the ability to text from a tablet would be preferable to the Note 4? I have the Note Pro 12.2 tablet as well as a couple of 7" tablets, and can't think of why any of them would be preferable to the Note 4 for texting.
    04-17-2016 02:47 PM
  4. natehoy's Avatar
    On your carrier-issued number, I'm not sure if it's possible. Carriers don't like opening up their SMS/MMS protocols to anything that doesn't have their SIM installed, and relaying the message to your phone so it can send the message doesn't feel like a common solution.

    If you can accept using a Google Voice number, Hangouts or the Google Voice app, your choice, both work seamlessly cross-platform, including using a web browser on desktop. They use data, not cellular SMS, to send and receive messages, so you don't need a text plan at all. You can also make and receive calls, also using data.
    04-17-2016 03:42 PM
  5. Maggie Pantsvanilla's Avatar
    i guess its nice if you're on the tablet and dont want to switch back and forth between devices or because you can text using wifi but beyond that I dont see a benefit and this alone would not inhibit me from switching or not switching operating systems.

    also i used mighty text on a note 4 so not sure why you have that problem.
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    04-17-2016 03:45 PM

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