How to use Messaging Everywhere in Windows 10

Windows Insiders in the Fast Ring can now send texts from their Windows 10 PC via their Windows 10 Mobile device. This feature is called Messaging Everywhere, and it's currently in beta if you want to try it out. We made a quick video showing how it works and how you can use it, so make sure to click the play button!

Setting up Messaging Everywhere

  1. Make sure you are signed in with your Microsoft Account on both your PC and phone.
  2. Open the Messaging app on your phone and tap the Ellipsis (3 dots) on the lower right corner.
  3. Select Settings and make sure "Send texts on all my Windows devices" is turned on.

Messaging Everywhere

  1. Open the Messaging app on your PC, and click the Ellipsis (3 dots) at the bottom.

Messaging Everywhere

  1. Select Settings, make sure "Send texts from here" is turned on, and select which phone to send messages from.

That's it! You'll now be able to send and receive text messages from your phone directly from your Windows 10 PCs. The Universal Messaging app syncs the conversations on PC and Mobile, so this feature can be very handy if your phone is out of reach. You may also prefer to send the message on your PC if you can type faster on it than your phone.

Messaging Everywhere Preview was introduced in Windows 10 Mobile build 14327 and Windows 10 for PC build 14316. If you want to try it already, make sure you're on the Fast Ring option for Windows Insiders. Have you tried this new feature yet? Do you like it? Let us know in the comments!

Mark Guim is Video Editor at Windows Central. He switched to Windows because the MacBook Pro isn't Pro enough. You can follow him on Twitter at @markguim.

83 Comments
  • It's incredibly clunky but it does work. Be warned that if you log out of the "Messaging Everywhere" app on the PC, you will watch your SMS/MMS delete from the app and, after you log back in, not restore. So "fair warning" on this. It's a really awesome idea and, when they get these wrinkles worked out, it will be a really great addition to the W10/W10M family of features and apps. It's exciting to see where they are going with this.
  • This needs to be extended to use iPhone and Android phones as well. I use Windows 10 on PC and XBox but have moved to iPhone as well.
  • I wouldn't rule it out.. but equally, I wouldn't hold high hopes for that to happen in the upcoming year. They're going to need to refine the process within their own OS core stack before they can extend this out to other platforms. I could see it happening eventually, though.
  • They're already able to sync SMS's sent from Cortana on your PC, to your mobile device, so I don't understand why it would be any trouble to sync the other direction. (back to the PC)
  • None of us can answer that here.. just make a lot of suppositions/guesses. :)
  • If I understand correctly, not even Apple is able to do this - only iMessage send/receive syncs across devices, so to have SMS work in this manner is huge.
  • well the messaging app is messaging app now it does that through the same app and not cortana and this is because messaging app was on mobile and now its on pc something like that, it would be like create a whole new messaging app for iphone?
  • I have an Android phone and use an app called MYSMS, there is a windows app too so I can send/receive and sync messages across devices. I get a Windows notification for received texts while I'm using my pc. Truly cross platform Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • Sending and receiving text messages using Hangouts and Google Voice allows me to send/receive messages on my web-based Gmail screen. I prefer to message people on my PC when I have access to my PC.
  • with hangouts doesn't the other person have to have hangouts also???
  • I have an Android phone and use an app called MYSMS, there is a windows app too so I can send/receive and sync messages across devices. I get a Windows notification for received texts while I'm using my pc. Truly cross platform Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • It's the smart play, especially since the Band is technically doing the same thing...right? =s Ugh, I'm at work...so boring lol =p
    Windows 10 RULZZ yer FACE!!!
  • I would assume it would be up to Apple to allow this feature to work, they would have to expose the API's, maybe they have?
  • I wonder of they will ad it for TH devices? Sent from Windows 386
  • Not likely, it will be one of the main features enticing people to do the Anniversary Update in July.
  • There's no point. Devices on TH will be updated to Redstone updates once it's released to the public/retail (Anniversary update) and if the phone isn't on the compatible list for Win10Mobile but is on TH through insider program... Well that's already been said there will be no more updates for them phones as they aren't compatible. If you're on a compatible device, maybe you should change to fast ring and grab the build (it's pretty stable. Ok some peoples judgement may vary depending on device but I wouldn't still be using it on my Primary Device if it wasn't. The only problem I see with it is the odd minor bug and a slight drop in battery *on this current build*) :)
  • Yes, I love this feature and I use it all the time now when I'm at home :) I prefer typing on my PC because I can type about 90 words a minute on it.
  • You sir I have to say are a skilled typist. I think i clock somewhere in the 70s range Posted from Windows Central for Windows 10
    on My surface phone
  • 70s is still really good. I took a typing class though, plus I'm on my PC all the time when I'm home, so I have tons of practice lol.
  • I type over 100/minute!!
    ... letters ...
  • Usually I think I do 75. My best was 110 I think.
  • That's cool, writing with the pen is also handy on enabled devices... ;p Ugh, I'm at work...so boring lol =p
    Windows 10 RULZZ yer FACE!!!
  • Sadly I don't have any pen enabled devices. I would love to have a Surface but don have the money.
  • Its all good =p
  • This is one big reason I love continuum
  • This coming to Android as well by way of Cortana is it not?    Any idea when we will see that? I can't even suffer a day through my 1520 anymore before i switch back to my Nexus 6P.
  • I personally dont care, last time I texted was in 2011 probably. Sent from an alien space ship with a Lumia 950
  • perhaps you should get with the times. I recieve texts for many reasons, including when I don't have to comeinto work due to snow. Texts are very widly used.
  • Lol?.. Perhaps you live in the stone ages. Where I live everyone uses WhatsApp, or whatever. SMS is dead. Sent from an alien space ship with a Lumia 950
  • but not everywhere, whatsapp and messanger are indeed popular, but in more populous parts of the world especially where I live, SMS is the choice over any internet based service since internet here is still expensive. An average student here can get 1000 SMS per month, per day if he has a gf ;)
  • They should really bring the skype messaging integration back.
  • They already removed the integration? :(
  • Not forever, they already confirmed it's coming back soon (in a slightly different way).
  • Really? Can you post me that article/post? :)
  • Nah can't find it now, it was def. confirmed though, as everyone had a massive tanty at the time, & then shortly afer a MS post was shared which confirmed it, you'll have to do some digging yourself, it was around the whole release of the new UWP Skype app.
  • Yeah, can't stand not receiving Skype alerts on my Band that show up on the phone...
  • They're adding a UWP skype app soon (idk when) and I think that's supposed to give you the option to have it integrated (or as close to it as possible) as it's rumoured to have the ability to send texts via it. Hopefully that still happens, but I guess they removed it for convenience of people who disliked it. They don't have to have it while people who did like it can get it via store :)
  • They're adding a UWP skype app soon (idk when) and I think that's supposed to give you the option to have it integrated (or as close to it as possible) as it's rumoured to have the ability to send texts via it. Hopefully that still happens, but I guess they removed it for convenience of people who disliked it. They don't have to have it while people who did like it can get it via store :)
  • I cant get it to work :-p. Hopefully another update or two, things will work better. I constantly get "message cannot be sent" on the PC side, followed by the app crashing on my PC. Messages wont sync either. I cant wait for the bugs to be ironed out. Been waiting for this for a year now.
  • If your cell phone is showing in a gray font in the upper right corner of the Messaging Everywhere app on your PC/tablet/laptop, then you won't be able to send from that machine. No clear explanation as to why.. but that is the problem: the app simply isn't connected correctly to your phone for some reason.
     
  • Yes that's what's happening. No manner of tinkering has fixed it yet. Ill post feedback and hopefully it gets fixed soon
  • Since you didn't mention this in your original post: Did you install build 14328 onto both your PC and your phone?
  • Yes. Ill try a few more things (outside of flattening both the phone and PC and starting with fresh images).
  • Beware of one thing.  I've been able to send messages from the PC side but sent messages from mobile never sync to the PC for me.  So I figured I would fresh reset both my phone and PC as a test.  None of the SMS messages came back on my phone.  Another oddity, if I use a tool like Windows Phone Message Backup I've not backed up anything since Nov 2015.  Something broke in my OneDrive/Cloud integration and now it seems to be affecting Messaging Everywhere as well.
  • I think my issues started on the last build of WP. My messaging app went TU so I wiped and reset on LAST build a week ago. My messages all disappeared as well. They were seemingly wiped from OneDrive and messaging hasn't worked the same since. Im not surprised messaging everywhere on the new build isn't working for me after all this over the last week.
  • The SMS/MMS restore issue is a pretty broadly-known problem. Feel free to get onto the Feedback hub and upvote the many entries there on the subject. We also have several threads on the WC forums covering this topic, as well. :)
  • I fixed this by unlinking my skype and Microsoft account and logging in to skype using my Microsoft account. This fixed all my issues. It fixed it for my wife's devices too.
  • I have the exact same problem. I can receive messages to my pc but when I try to reply I get that message.
  • Do you need to have the Windows 10 Preview as well or just the Mobile preview?
  • You must be running Windows 10 Insider build 14328 on your desktop/laptop/tablet to use the Messaging Everywhere (Beta) app and you must have your cell phone on the same build for that app to work with the phone. (Sorry if this is long-winded -- just wanting to be as clear as possible.)
  • Read the article, it clearly states that.
  • So I am guessing I need Insider builds on both devices?
  • yes
  • Read the article, it clearly states that.
  • I think this works for me already and I'm not on any Ring? I can ask Cortana on my pc to send a text and she did so through my lumia930 W10M. Is the article talking about something else? (UK, EE network)
  • something more, receving sms to your pc. Both Lumia and pc must be in Insider Fast Ring for now, that's a feature preview
  • Oh cool, yeah that would be useful too. Thanks for reply.
  • I want whatsapp support for messaging everywhere and I would like my glance screen to support 3party notifications on my 950xl!
  • It does.. the app which recieves notifications just needs to specify a <DeviceLockImageURI /> in the app manifest. this has been in since 8.0 i think
  • It is a long awaited feature and we now finally have it. Since build 14238, I have been using it on my pc. Nice experience. No need to pick phone to text or read messages. I would like a similar feature with calls as well so when I am on my pc, I just want to use the pc to make and receive calls.
  • It does work.  Conversation syncing across devices mobile to PC and Mobile to Mobile is very problematic.  Every PC has a different version of conversations and conversations sometimes only show one side of conversation.  14328 on all devices... This needs to work 100% across all devices or unreliability makes it worthless.  Messaging should plug more communication services in.  Bring the integration with Skype and get other cross platform options via plug ins.     
  • I'm sure the sync bug is being worked on. I can send texts from all my Windows devices now, but the conversations are incomplete except for on the phone. I think that new texts might be appearing on all of them. All of us who found something wrong (or right) with this feature, please remember to use the Feedback Hub to upvote the appropriate items.
  • Already done, sir. :) I was sharing feedback for our users to be aware of, for my own part.
  • Does it cost money to send SMS?
  • Depends on your plan with your carrier. If it's a pay as you go system, then each text costs a little fee. Or you can have plans which allow you to send unlimited texts, then there are those which allow you to send a set number of texts per month. It just depends on your carrier.
  • Do u need to be on the same network
  • Realllly wish they'd keep skype integration so you could have a messaging hub. Given Skype teams performance, they only do waterfall development and never do sprints. So we're once again gonna be stuck with a broken app for the next couple of years. Right now it behaves exactly in the way everyone wanted for 7/8.1/10. This new messaging feature is a step in the right direction.
  • HI CAN I GET LING TO THE APP
  • Sure, here ya go! https://insider.windows.com/
  • The weird thing is, you actually need to have you phone turned ON, before you receive txt's on the PC. Kind of defeats the meaning of 'Messaging Everywhere'.
  • Not really weird. The message app on the PC is connecting to the phone's message app and sending the text through the phone.  Similar to how Cortana on the PC will send a text with your phone if you ask it. The difference with this is it is a two way street. Texts on the phone sync with the PC. If it didn't do this, there would be no simple way to sync messages between devices. Your PC would be sending from a different phone number than your cell phone.
  • It's basically Skype. None of my phone contacts show up, only the ones with skype accounts.
  • Absolutely lovely feature. Better than the Cortana sending messages implementation we have in W10 TH2.
  • Cortana could send text messages via a phone for a number of months already
  • I'd like it more if it didn't say "Couldn't send" on the PC side, while the phone shows it as sent.  And it would help to sync the entire conversations, not random stuff.  Lots of work to do...
  • The connection between my PC and phone stopped working when I updated to build 14322 on both. Before that, I could send and receive messages on the PC, but only received messages would sync. I logged out of the messaging anywhere app and did indeed lose all synced messages other than from the last few days. Very strange.
  • Oops, I meant 14332.
  • This will be truly great when it integrates with desktop Outlook.
  • Ive been (sending only) SMS to phones via Cortana on non insider build for a while now. Open Cortana >  Type "SMS [Contact name]"  > type message. The contact needs to be saved in your contacts list with the login email. Cortana PC will communicate with Cortana Mobile. You then get a notification on your phone the message has been sent.
  • haven't I been sending texts via my phone using cortana on my PC for months?? Looks like synced history is new, but the ability has been there for quite a while ETA: I see Alex pointed out the same thing
  • Messaging Everywhere Preview was introduced in Windows 10 Mobile build 14327 and Windows 10 for PC build 14316. If you want to try it already, make sure you're on the Fast Ring option for Windows Insiders. Have you tried this new feature yet? Do you like it? Let us know in the comments!
    I think they should have made it clearer: "for those of you that have the latest windows phone" not the OLD series lumia phones owners that we do not care about anymore (2nd class citizens dont matter). so if you on the lumia 20 series (like me) other than the 1520. then tough luck as MS stopped caring about us anymore. so if you want to experience this then buy a new phone...
  • I was able to set it up however sometimes it doesnot show my phone says "phone not available" ; hope update is on its way 
  • My phone in the settings is WAY different... It doesnt say "send texts on all my windows devices.