Over the past year or so, my tablet has become my primary mobile device, replacing my phone for most things. However, while I appreciate the bigger screen and better battery life my tablet has over my phone, there are still things that I must use my phone for, like calling and texting.

I have a Bluetooth keyboard connected to my tablet a lot of the time, especially if I'm sending a lot of emails or taking notes for a review. Thus, it's kind of annoying to have to switch to my phone every time someone sends me a text message. Thankfully, ClockworkMod just released a tablet version of its app DeskSMS. Appropriately named TabletSMS, it lets you skip the phone and send SMS and MMS messaged directly from a connected tablet.

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The app is pretty straightforward - simply install DeskSMS on your phone, TabletSMS on your tablet, and that's basically it! The two devices should find each other and your messages should in turn show up on the tablet. From there, you can text directly from your tablet the same as you would from your phone.

Best of all, both DeskSMS and TabletSMS are free in the Play Store (though the service itself costs $5/year). Hit the widgets below to install on your respective devices and give it a shot.


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.

  • Danny Holyoake

    This is an 'issue' I am hoping Google are going to fix themselves. Google Messenger should have this functionality. ;)

    • Julio M

      Google solved this with Google Voice. Still waiting for MMS though.

      • Danny Holyoake

        A US-only service that hasn't received any meaningful updates in forever? Nah, mate.

        • Julio M

          My bad, I keep forgetting that everything is not worldwide.

  • Daniel

    DeskSMS isn't free, it's a $5/year fee.

    • http://www.talltechtales.com/ Mattias

      Which I don't have a problem paying if the app works as advertised...I do have BIG problem with this not being mentioned anywhere in the app description. Two week trial is good and all but at least be up front with the fact that it'll cost you after that.

      • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Cameron Summerson

        I agree.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Cameron Summerson

      Thanks for the heads-up. Didn't realize it since it's not mentioned in the app description of either.

      • mvp77

        You guys should review Tablet Talk (if you hadn't already). It's a one time purchase and offers more functions than DeskSMS.

  • TechGuy

    My tablet has GSM. Sadly this seems rare. I never understood why all tablets with GSM could not also be used as a phone by the addition of a blue tooth headset.

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  • mvp77

    I have been using Tablet Talk and it works great. The design of this looks better so I'm gonna give it a try.

  • murr4y

    Switched from DeskSMS to mySMS because it syncs to the cloud. With DeskSMS I often had the problem that a message wasn't sent and it never made it to the PC. Also it's free. They offer a tablet app as well: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.mysms.android.client&hl=en

  • http://www.facebook.com/supersanborn Michael Sanborn

    I would give anything for Google Talk to be rebuilt to include SMS, all Google messaging services, and email.

  • http://btwnworlds.tumblr.com/ Lou G

    I use Google voice on my nexus 7 to send text messages. Free all around. It's actually replaced my phone except for making calls (stupid feature phones..grumble..)

  • mvp77

    I thinking will stick with tablet talk. Tablet Talk also forwards calls to your tablet and your able to answer and make calls with it as long as your using a Bluetooth and I often do on my note 10.1 while watching movies.

    • Marcus

      Tablet Talk is great. Just bought it yesterday. Loving it.

    • Paul_Werner

      Totally agree, more features and I like the dark interface better.

    • M2churc

      I have tablet talk but i cant make it send mms messages and that would have come in handy several times

      • Trenton Seagoe

        My ROM can't send MMS period. Lol

  • JG

    Just to confirm... The $5/year is for BOTH services, correct... It's not $5 for Desk and another $5 for Tablet...

    I've been using DeskSMS for about a year now (just made my 2nd $5 payment last weekend). I currently have it set up to forward to GTalk, which autostarts on my desktop and Nexus 7. On the tablet, incoming messages appear on the status bar & a tap brings up the keyboard to reply, or a swipe to clear it... Other than possibly, a slightly nicer UI, would TabletSMS offer any advantages over my current set up? And would I still be able to use GTalk on the desktop or would I have to switch to the Chrome extension or ...

  • Wade Heisen

    Since I don't use mms for anything, I will just stick with sms through Google Voice when I need it. Not seeing the value in $5 a year to do something I can do for free a half-dozen other ways.

  • Rich

    Both TabletTalk and mySMS beats this app hands down.

  • Freak4Dell

    I'll stick with TabletTalk. It's a one time $3 purchase, the developer actively responds to customers who are seeking help or suggesting features (CWM probably does, too, but I can only speak from experience), and it can make and answer calls from the tablet, too (though audio can't be routed through the tablet as of yet). The only time I actively use my tablet and would rather not pull out my phone is in the car, so the call features are critical.

  • mgamerz

    ... Or you could have just got google voice, been doing this since... forever. It needs to be able to send from voice search though.

    • Cheeseball

      Again. US-only, and it doesn't use the carrier's SMS service.

  • Jon Garrett

    Why not just use Google Voice?

    • Cheeseball

      US-only. Doesn't use your carrier's SMS service.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Susan-Martin/100003697994211 Susan Martin

    The best o0f these programs is MYSMS, it's free, and rfree to use. Works so you can SMS from your tablet or PC through your phones sim #. Free to use no fees, works beautifully.

  • GazaIan

    He has been putting out preview pictures on Twitter for the past week about it and I was all excited, but damn I wasn't expecting the $5 a year. Sure, it's a small price, but i don't use my tablet as much as I use other things and can't justify paying that :(

  • Trenton Seagoe

    You could always use Tablet Talk. I love it a lot, plus it's only $4.99 once.

  • Cheyenne

    I read through the comments and wanted to point out that this app does not require your phone and tablet to be connected via WiFi or Bluetooth, plus there's an extension for web browsers on a computer. That makes it more useful to me, although I was taken aback by the lack of forthrightness in regards to the yearly fee.

  • Gobelet

    Just a heads up, it also works on phones. I guess when I'll go abroad I'll leave my phone at home on its charger (it'll kill the battery but it's an older phone I don't use) and buy a local SIM card with data -- voila, no roaming and texting as if I were home!

  • Alfred

    Been using for a few days. Very simple and reliable. Needs to have some skins added, and maybe a few extras I'd love to see the option for phone service at some point.