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Original Air Date: Mar 18, 2014

Check your text messages online

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Text messaging has become the go-to method of efficiently communicating with a large number of people for most of us and if something happens to your smartphone, you’re lost.

Well, at some point in your life, you’re going to leave your smartphone somewhere or it will get stolen or broken, so planning for that eventuality is today’s tip.

If you are a Verizon or AT&T customer, you can log into your online account to send and receive text message via any computer as if you still had your phone, but I recommend that you do this before you’re in crisis mode.

If you don’t know your account info or you've never used the online texting interface, do it as a test before you actually need it so you can jump right in when the need arises.

If you’re on a carrier that doesn't support online texting from your account and you’re in a pinch, you can temporarily use a free online texting service such as to reach out via your computer.

The only caveat to this service is that you will need to know which cellular provider your recipient is on, so it’s got limited usability.

There are dozens of other methods for sending text messages from your computer, so take a minute to set something up before your next smartphone emergency