A couple of weeks ago, we told you about DeskSMS (then called DesktopSMS), the new app from the creator of ClockworkMod Recovery that forwards your SMS messages to GMail or GTalk and allows you reply from anywhere. The app has been under heavy construction since then, and a boatload of new features have been added, including direct web access, as well as Chrome and Firefox extensions.

Setup is quite easy, too. Once you install the app and grant it the required permissions, all you need to do is tell it to sync your SMS messages, choose the desired notifications (GTalk or GMail), and that's it.

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Note: In order to get your messages on the desktop, you must sync them within the app.

Back on the desktop, you can access your SMS via the DeskSMS website or the Chrome/Firefox extension. If you've ever used any sort of remote SMS management tool before, like MightyText (formerly Texty), then you probably know how annoying they can be: constant popup notifications, even from old messages that you've already read on your phone (I believe our own Aaron Gingrich spoke of this very thing on his Google+ page earlier today).

This is not the case with DeskSMS. The Chrome extension is a subtle icon beside the address bar that displays the number of unread messages - that's it. No in-your-face notifications that are blowing up your desktop, just one little icon that works extremely well. Of course, if you're into desktop notifications, you do have the option to enable them.

DeskSMS is free during the course of its beta life, so head over to the Android Market and get it!

Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, musician, and cyclist. When he's not pounding keys here at AP, you can find him spending time with his wife and kids, plucking away on the 6-string, spinning on the streets, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

  • ddp

    I just use Google Voice, and the Chrome extension. You cannot beat calls/texts from ANYWHERE via the web, extension or no extension.

  • William Johnson

    I've been using MightyText for months now and haven't had any issues....some slowness here and there, but that's to be expected in a beta product, no?

  • abaddon3k

    I wonder how this compares in performance to MightyText. I get a lot of slow down with it currently. Having them emailed would be a nice touch though.

  • fluxgfx

    It's a shame that DESKSMS doesn't work for Canadian users.

    • Mike

      Works fine here - Im on Telus in NS

  • Jack

    I have been using CrossTxt. I tried DeskSMS, and I found that its lacking one key feature: a pop up. The reason I like CrossTxt is because it has a pop up with its chrome extension. Instead of having to click on the extension and then answer the text (while having to look for a little icon on top of the DeskSMS), you simply click reply, type your response, and then clock enter.

    The only gripe I have about CrossTxt (which DeskSMS excels at) is the UI. DeskSMS' UI is much more refined. If Koush adds that popup, im sold immediately.

  • Koush

    @Jack I suppose I can add that. I do have popup support if the site is opened in a full tab in Chrome.

    • Jack

      If you made popup support for DeskSMS, I would be on board 100%. That clean UI is what I was looking for.

      Great work on all of your other apps too. You and CM 7 are about as good as Android has to offer.

  • MigFig

    I can't get a signal inside the building where I work. That means that all my emails, texts, IM, and other notifications all come in at the same time when I leave work. My question is: Do you need a signal in order for this to work or can I still have my SMS forwarded to my computer or tablet while inside the building?

    • Sirjacksinurbox

      I'm pretty sure you still need to have the phone receive the text first. If you place the phone somewhere that it will get signal (i.e.: your car outside), the text will hit the phone, then bounce the data to clockworkmods' server, then on to your browser/gmail/google talk/etc. So yes, you need a signal for this app to work.

      You won't see what you're looking for until they allow cell phone accounts to double as voip accounts. No clue on when that is going to happen.

  • Dcskater21

    freaking Amazing as always. It works smoothly for me.

  • Beta Tester107

    I have downloaded DeskSMS but when I install and try to link it to my gmail, only one gmail account shows up. I have two gmail accounts and only want it linked to the one that isnt showing. When I try to add the account to my phone, it says its already there. Why cant DeskSMS find all of my gmail accounts?

  • Akura

    I use tablet talk. It has improved quite a bit since launch.

  • Anil

    Is it possible to download DeskSMS in Blackberry?