Your phone number is connected to a SIM card, and unless you have a dual-SIM phone, there’s no easy way to change your phone number when you text. You may need to switch a phone number because you don’t want to give up your personal information or something informal like pulling a prank.
Although the easiest way to text someone from a different number is to use a friend’s phone, this method can be easily tracked and is thus unreliable.
Luckily, there are many ways to text someone with different phone numbers, but you’ll have to use services and apps. In this article, we’ll look at the best ways to mask the sender’s ID.
Use an Online SMS Service
These types of online services were widely popular back in the day when SMS was the primary form of texting. If you didn’t have enough mobile phone credit on your prepaid plan, or you wanted to anonymously text someone, you could’ve used one of these online services.
Online texting services still exist, and they allow you to send an unlimited number of messages to anyone in the world. All you have to know is the recipient’s phone number and the international dialing code. If you search the internet, you’ll find plenty of such websites. Some of them include Globfone , SendAText , OpenTextingOnline , MFreeSMS , Wiko , and others.
Most of these websites limit you to 155 characters per message, which is just below the default character number of a single text message. Also, you should check the regional availability on the website before you send a text since some of them can’t send messages to all countries.
The recipient will only see a random phone number of the service and the content of your text. There won’t be any other data available, such as your name or phone number. Of course, unless a particular service requires you to fill out a certain dialog box with this information.
One of the major problems with these services is that you’ll never know if the data you input can be abused. This means that all the numbers that you type will probably remain in the server, so someone can use it to send malicious links or commit data theft.
Spoof the Number
Some of these web services go a step further and allow you to spoof a phone number in order to prank your friends or family. These spoof services will send a text message to any number, but the recipient will see a number of your choice on the display.
Spoofbox  is one of the most popular phone spoofing apps. It’s available for both Android and iOS devices, and it allows the sender to fake their ID. It also has other features like prank calls at the exact time and spoofing your email. These types of software are a good means of protecting your privacy, as they can mask your ID if you want to make a private call or send an email.
Although spoofing is not illegal in itself, by no means should you use it with malicious intent, for harassment, violence, threats, or similar activities. If you do, and the recipient reports it, you can get into big trouble.
Use Third-Party Apps
There’s a wide range of third-party apps for Android and iOS with the sole purpose of masking your real phone number. Unlike spoofing, where you can type any number to appear as your own, these apps will create a single, unique number. These apps allow you to anonymously text and call without revealing your personal phone number.
Depending on the purpose, the apps vary in size, features, and price. The most popular third-party apps for hiding the phone number include the following:
- Burner  – This app shares the name with the popular phones that you could use for a short time before they become useless. This app will also assign a ‘burner phone’ number instead of a regular one. This number is temporary and you can use it to hide your personal information from untrustworthy entities. It only works in the US and Canada.
- Hushed  – Similar to Burner, Hushed will give you a temporary new number to mask your ID. Also, the app can make calls via your Wi-Fi, which can be useful if you’re out of minutes on your phone. It works in over 40 countries, including most of Europe. However, this is a premium app with a free trial available.
- Flyp  – Here is another premium app that allows you to have up to five more phone numbers on your phone. All these numbers can have separate options, like different voicemails, calls, and texts. You can also see them all in one place.
- Google Voice  – You can make a restricted call on Google Voice. When you call a number using this app, you can command Google Voice to hide your caller ID from the recipient’s display.
- TextNow  – TextNow is both popular and free. It allows you to choose your area code and keep your phone number as long as you continue to use the app.
Beware of Legal Issues
It is okay to use a different phone number to text someone occasionally due to various reasons. However, your intentions should always be good, even if you’re looking to prank your friends or relatives in some way.
If you want to use a fake phone number for malevolent reasons, most of these applications and services have a way to track your ID or IP address and you can get in legal trouble with the authorities. So, just because these features exist, it doesn’t mean that you should abuse them. Use them wisely and with a positive purpose.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is it possible to track where a text came from?
When using third-party texting services, pre-paid burner phones, and texting websites it can be incredibly difficult to find out who is behind the fake texts. Although many of these services require you to login with an account, some do not which may make it more difficult to track the original sender.
Depending on your reasons for sending text messages from fake phone numbers, there’s always a way to track the origin if you’re smart enough. Prepaid phones require personal information to start service. IP Addresses can be traced. Most common users won’t be able to track the texts origins, but it can be done.
Can I send an SMS text message using an email address?
You may have received at some point a text message with no phone number. Instead, the contact information listed is an email address. This is possible and anyone can do it with nearly any e-mail client.
Instead of typing in an email address, type the recipient’s ten-digit phone number into the recipient field. Each cell phone carrier in the U.S. has a unique code that you’ll need to input after the phone number. For example, to send an email to a text to an AT&T you’ll need to type “[email protected]” Type your message and send like you normally would. Assuming you know the other person’s cell phone carrier and the code, this will work for you.
What is your favorite phone number-masking third-party app not included in this list? Tell us all about it in the comments below.