January 27, 2015

Fine-tune Your Texting Experience With The mysms Chrome Extension

Posted in mysms news by mysms

Google Chrome Extensions are add-ons that allow you to modify and customize your Google Chrome browser. Some extensions add new features to Chrome that make your life easier. So does the brand new mysms Chrome Extension! It helps you to always stay on top of your messages and calls. You will receive notifications, no matter where you are on the web.

Try the brand new mysms Chrome Extension

Try the brand new mysms Chrome Extension

 

The new mysms Chrome Extension is one of the simplest ways to send and receive text messages in your Chrome browser. It is directly connected to your Android phone and notifies you on your incoming messages and calls.

 

What’s new for you?

The installation of the Chrome Extension creates an icon next to the address bar. This icon shows a badge counter as soon as a message or call reaches your phone.

Notifications next to the address bar

Notifications next to the address bar

Additionally the Chrome Extensions comes with a popup that appears when you receive a message or a (missed) call. The popup is super convenient as it lets you directly delete or mark messages as read and you can answer or dismiss a call. (If you do not want to receive this popup, just right-click on it and choose “Disable notifications from mysms”.)

Notifications via the popup

Notifications via the popup

 

How do you get the Extension?

In the Chrome Web Store you will find the mysms Chrome Extension for download. Regular web app users will recognize the interface. Please use your existing mysms account (or the Google Account you used for the registration) for the login.

 

Are you new to mysms?

mysms uses your existing Android phone number to send and receive messages and syncs your existing contacts and SMS from your Android phone to your Chrome browser.

 

Therefore, please download mysms on your Android phone first and register for a new account. You can use this account to log in to the mysms Chrome Extension. As texts from Chrome are sent via your Android, your phone needs to be on and must be connected to the internet (mobile data connection or WiFi).

 

Why should you use mysms in your browser?

Get access to your messages from your phone and benefit from a larger keyboard while you are working on your computer. You can read and reply to your messages or start a new conversation in your browser, without even touching your phone.

 

But it’s not only an easy and fast way to send and receive SMS/MMS. It’s also great for being up to date on your calls. You’ll receive alerts when a call reaches your phone and you can access your entire call log from your phone. mysms Premium users have access to even more call features.

 

 

Please keep in mind that the mysms Chrome Extension is currently in beta. If you have any feedback for us, please get in touch at http://support.mysms.com.

January 20, 2015

This was 2014 for mysms

Posted in mysms news by sgeier

The new year is already in full swing, but we gladly look back at 2014. We are proud that so many people share our passion for convenient texting from any device. So what has changed during the last year? How did we improve our apps?

mysms is available for every major platform

Looking back on 2014

Features, improvements and other cool stuff

At this point thanks to our supporting users who share their opinion and suggest ideas. We took your thoughts in mind and extended our apps with new features to make our service even more awesome.

These features demonstrate the biggest changes:

MMS support and MMS group chat

MMS and group MMS messaging

MMS and group MMS messaging

Share your pics and chat with friends! Especially for our users in the US, we integrated the MMS feature. Attachments can now be shared easily via MMS and you can even communicate with multiple contacts in an MMS group chat.

 

It’s our goal to further improve our MMS feature. If you are interested in participating in our beta test, please join our Google+ community.

Android 4.4

mysms and Android 4.4

mysms and Android 4.4

It’s your choice! With the release of Android 4.4, Google introduced the concept of one SMS app. Even if you prefer to use another SMS app on your phone, we modified our apps so you can still send & receive texts on any device. Please don’t forget that there are some differences though, if mysms only runs in the background.

GPS Location Sharing

Share your location

Share your location

Show your friends where you are! We added a mysms plugin to the Google Play Store which allows you to share your current or any other location with your contacts. To use this feature within the mysms app, you need to download the plugin.

Themes

Customize your mysms app

Customize your mysms app

Customization is great! We provided several cool themes already but wanted to give you the choice to edit our app to your preferences. Therefore, we added a theming option that allows you to change the color of nearly every single part of the app – bubbles, header, text and much more. Did you try it already?

 

We’re still collecting your suggestions and votes for existing ideas. As you might have already noticed we moved our support and ideas platform. You can now reach us at http://support.mysms.com.

 

Introduction of mysms Premium

mysms Premium

mysms Premium

In the last quarter of 2014 we officially rolled out mysms Premium, which ensures the further development of our apps. We tied a package that includes six different features:

 

We’re planning to extend our Premium offer. More new features are coming this year!  If you are interested in mysms Premium, you can subscribe directly via the Android phone app or the web app.

 

We’re very exciting about what’s coming up next. Are you excited too? Stay tuned here and on our Social Media Channels to get the latest mysms news. Follow mysms on Facebook, Twitter and Google+.

November 19, 2014

mysms for iPad Supports Actionable Notifications

Posted in apps by mysms

With the introduction of iOS 8 Apple introduced a cool new feature: Actionable notifications. Apple has renewed their notifications and added access for third party apps like mysms. With the latest update for mysms for iPad we took the opportunity and also added actionable notifications.

Actionable Notifications Are Now Available for mysms for iPad

Actionable Notifications Are Now Available for mysms for iPad

For our iPad app you need to consider two different types of notifications: Those for messages and those for calls. All actionable notifications are available for banner notifications, in the notification center and on the lock screen.

 

If you receive a text message, a notification banner will appear that lets you directly mark the message as read (e.g. if you can read the entire content of the message in the notification) or it opens the conversation when you click on “Reply”.

Notification Center

Notification Center

When an incoming call reaches your phone, mysms for iPad will notify you. With the new notifications you can directly answer the call to start it on your phone or mute the call without opening mysms.

Banner Notification

Banner Notification

For missed calls we provide the notification options to call the person back on your phone or to mark the notification as read.

Lock Screen

Lock Screen

In the notification center and on the lock screen you just swipe left to access the additional settings, on the banner you need to swipe down to make them visible. Have you already tried these actionable notifications?

 

 

 

 

November 17, 2014

Change the sending options according to your preferences | quick tip

Posted in mysms quick tips by mysms

With mysms we want to make your texting life as simple and convenient as possible on any of your devices. We focus on regular text messaging, but our service also combines MMS and instant messaging. As we implemented some changes within the last weeks, we’d like to give you a short overview of our sending options.

Choose your preferred sending option

Choose your preferred sending option

General info

You can change the send channel any time on your phone, computer or tablet by longpressing the send button. In addition you can choose to send attachments and groups as regular MMS or SMS with link in the mysms phone settings (Sending messages – Advanced settings – Send attachments and groups as). This setting will apply as default setting on all your devices.

 

Single message

SMS: This is the most common sending option. It’s a regular text message that only contains text and smileys or Emojis. For these texts your existing mobile contract is used (we never charge you for messages). E.g. if your contract includes an SMS flat rate, texts sent via mysms are also free of charge.

MMS: With mysms you can send any files you want (pictures, PDFs, sound files etc.). These messages are sent as MMS (multimedia messages). For MMS also your mobile carrier tariffs apply and you won’t get charged additionally.

SMS with link: In case MMS are too expensive for you, you can choose to send attachments as regular SMS. In this case a link to the file will be added to your SMS. Please note that the recipient needs to open the attachment in the browser.

mysms friends message (chat): If your friends also use mysms, you can send free messages to them. These messages are sent and received via your data connection (mobile data or WIFI).

 

Message to multiple recipients

SMS and SMS with link: All recipients will receive your message separately. Replies are not shown in a group conversation, but are split in separate conversations.

MMS: In countries where MMS are very popular and inexpensive (US, CA, FR), MMS is the default setting for messages to multiple recipients. Usually people in these countries are heavy users of MMS group chat. When you start a new message and add more than one recipient, the send button will show “MMS”. This means that a group chat gets started – both your actual message and the replies from all recipients will be shown in one single thread.

mysms group chat: In case you have several mysms friends and prefer instant messages, you can start a mysms group chat. The behavior is basically the same as for MMS group chat. Just make sure that the send button shows “chat” (mysms friends message).

 

Did you know you can choose the sending option individually? Do you prefer to save on costs by sending attachments as links or do you prefer regular MMS?

 

November 14, 2014

Never ever lose your messages again | mysms Premium

Posted in apps, messaging by mysms

Have you already heard about mysms Premium? Recently, we introduced two of our Premium features to you: Backup & restore and the call feature. Today we’re going to focus on our SMS archiving plugins.

 

In addition to the mysms cloud, you can back up your messages in your Dropbox, Google Drive, Evernote or Email account. With these services your messages are backed up forever.

Archive your messages

Archive your messages

We’ll now take a closer look at all services you can connect your mysms account with. Once you connect your mysms account with one of these services, your new incoming and outgoing texts will be archived there.

 

 

Connect mysms with Dropbox

Connecting mysms with Dropbox helps you to better manage your texts on any device. Dropbox is a file-hosting service that offers cloud storage. When you enable this integration in mysms, you will find your new incoming and outgoing texts in your Dropbox. After connecting your accounts, your messages are saved in a separate mysms folder (“Apps/mysms”).

 

 

Connect mysms with Google Drive

With our Google Drive extension you will never lose a message again. Google Drive is a file storage and synchronization service of Google. By activating the Google Drive extension, you can save your texts in your Google Drive account. Once connected, all new conversations will be forwarded to your “mysms” folder on your Google Drive.

 

 

Connect mysms with Google Drive

The Evernote integration allows you to back up your text messages. Evernote is a cloud-based note-taking service. After connecting your mysms account with Evernote, you can manage your SMS there. All new messages that reach or leave your phone will also be saved to your “mysms” notebook in Evernote.

 

 

Connect mysms with your Email account

The email integration allows you to manage all your text messages in your email account. Connecting your personal email address with your mysms account gives you the opportunity to forward all incoming and outgoing text messages automatically to your email account. You will find all incoming and outgoing texts as a separate email. Just enter your email address in the mysms settings.

 

Here’s how to get started:

  1. Go to the settings in mysms on your Android phone and click on “SMS Archiving”.
  2. Subscribe to mysms Premium.
  3. Connect your mysms account with Dropbox, Google Drive, Evernote or your Email account and enter your account data.
  4. From now on you will find all new incoming and outgoing messages in your chosen service.

 

The archiving plugins serve as an additional storage where you can manage and search your messages. It is not possible to restore your texts back from Dropbox, Google Drive, Evernote or your Email account to mysms. If you are interested in restoring your messages, just take a look at our backup & restore feature.