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Android App Review: MightyText

Of course responding to text messages isn’t that difficult. But when your phone is over there and your tablet, desktop, or Chromebook is here, over there is really far and really inconvenient. Hence, my new love for MightyText (free | tablet or phone)

Here’s the basic premise: You’re lazy . . . er, can’t be inconvenienced by sending texts from your phone. You’d like to respond to texts from your desktop or tablet. Well, you can, and MightyText can do it.

The set up process is easy: download the app, connect a Google account, and you’re ready to text from your desktop or tablet via your phone.

I’m pretty sure MightText is selling our information, but so are Verizon and Google, so what’s one more. Kidding.

The MightyText site is your go-to command center for receiving, viewing, and responding to messages.

Clicking on a sender displays the texts. There’s even a Chrome extension and a Gmail extension, to make integration more useful. The Chrome extension also enables a desktop pop-up feature to display messages so you don’t have to run site.

The phone and tablet user interface is straightforward, simple, and well-designed.

MightyText Tablet and Smartphone

If you’ve ever sent a text message or typed an email, you’ll have no problem navigating the app or desktop site.

The app does a good job of solving a common problem, and I’m in love with MightyText. This app gets 5 of 5 stars.

9 Responses to Android App Review: MightyText

  1. Garrett LaBorde says:

    Jeffrey,
    I am flipping through my current (Sept ’13) issue of the ABA Journal. In the “Business of Law” section, I just picked up your recent tip, plugging https://mightytext.net and the associated Android App! Holy cow man. What a great app! It’s a very welcome tool for those of us professionals who, despite being very mobile and tech savvy, absolutely loathe the modern expectations that we reply (and sometimes compose) our thoughts on the tiny virtual keyboards of our smartphones. Thanks for sharing Mighty Text….I’m already using it!

  2. jlina says:

    Hi~ I want this app so badly but dang. The permissions are outrageous, are or they? Just got a Nexus 7 and getting out of the Amazon system so I’m not sure. Do most text apps change the function of your battery even?

    Thanks for any help!

    • I don’t think the permissions are too bad. The app requests only the access it needs and nothing more. There’s a battery issue because the app can keep the phone awake.

      • jlina says:

        Thank you Jeffrey! I looked at a lot of other text apps that had very similar permissions. I notice on the developer’s page they reserve the right to charge you at some point and it was confusing about the content – photos and stuff; you give them license yet they say you keep your rights. It was like double talk or app talk anyway. LOL

        “By submitting, posting or displaying Content on or through the Services, you grant us a worldwide, non-exclusive, royalty-free license (with the right to sublicense) to use, copy, reproduce, process, a dapt, modify, publish, transmit, display and distribute such Content in any and all media or distribution methods (now known or later developed).

        This license is you authorizing us to broker your texting communication. But what you text is yours; you own your content.”

        http://mightytext.net/tos

        Since you are the Droid Lawyer I thought you would be the expert to talk to! The app also made Time Magazine’s top 50 apps.

        I usually put my phone to sleep by actually pushing the button on the side, will this keep it on all the time then? That would make all that convenience not worth it to me. It’s a poor battery performer as it is.

        Appreciate your time and help!

        • I’m not too concerned about my text messages since I don’t send too many confidential text messages. I’d be concerned about pictures, but I don’t send those either.

          The program doesn’t keep the phone on any more than some other apps. In fact, MightyText doesn’t even register on my battery screen.

          • jlina says:

            Thanks again, that’s true. I am a bit of an amateur nature photographer but can always send them through Gmail and they’d be too low res to be useful anywhere. And the developer is at least trying to reassure you your content is yours, but that was some double double talk there. Smile…..

            All the best with your column and your work!

  3. Tim says:

    Hi Jeffrey, MightyText will Automatically upload any photo’s you take. Who own’s them?

    • Here’s what I found from MightyText’s Terms of Service:

      You retain your rights to any Content you submit, post or display on or through the Services. By submitting, posting or displaying Content on or through the Services, you grant us a worldwide, non-exclusive, royalty-free license (with the right to sublicense) to use, copy, reproduce, process, a dapt, modify, publish, transmit, display and distribute such Content in any and all media or distribution methods (now known or later developed).

      This license is you authorizing us to broker your texting communication. But what you text is yours; you own your content.

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