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How To Send An Anonymous Text Or MMS Message

Posted in Communication,Just Cool by Joe Colburn on the June 30th, 2010

So you want to send someone a text, but you don’t want them to know it’s you, eh? Maybe you just want to have a little fun with a friend or you may have other reasons. Whatever the case, it’s pretty simple to do. Just follow the instructions below and you’ll be leaving confused looks on people’s faces in no time.

President Obama Text Message

How To Email A Text Message

First, you have to know their phone number and mobile carrier (AT&T, Verizon, etc.). Armed with a phone number and the list below, you should be able to easily figure out the email address to send a text message to your victim’s phone.

Virgin Mobile:
US Cellular:
Metro PCS:

where phonenumber = your 10 digit phone number
(Thanks to for the list)

Get A Fake Email Account

The easiest way to do this is to head over to Gmail and create a free account. You want this free account because you’re only going to use it for this and you want to set up the name and address to be whatever you want.

gmail sign up

The screen shot above shows my new account as B Obama with an email address of, but I eventually went with President Obama and Be creative.

Send A Text Message VIA Email

Now here’s the really easy part. Just compose an email from your new Gmail account. Send it to the address from the first step above. You might even leave the subject blank to make it look more like a text. The result might look like it did on my iPhone in the first image in this post, but be aware that some phones/carriers will display the email address, too, like my Verizon DROID Incredible below:


You may also note that I tried to include an image on that one. My iPhone didn’t show the image or even indicate that there was one. The Verizon phone removed the image (and said as much) as seen above. I’ve had mixed results on other carriers. If you’re unsure, just do a test with another friend who’s on the same carrier.

With one more relatively simple step, you can actually spoof the email address as well. All this means is that you’ll make the email look like it’s coming from a more convincing address. In the past, this used to require some technical savvy and access to a server that would let you do it. Now, it’s as simple as downloading a free email spoofer and installing it. For me, this took about two minutes. Take a look at the image below compared to the one above. The one below shows a text that, to most people, looks like it came right from the White House. Of course, with the email spoofer, you don’t even need the Gmail account, but I like to use both.


Share Your Results

I’m interested in what you’ll all be sending to your friends/co-workers/family with this. Let us know, below, about the fun you had and any reactions you got. And remember… This is meant to be for fun with a couple friends. Ultimately, stuff like this can get tracked back you you if you do something illegal with it. You’ve been warned.

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  1. Tracy said,

    on July 1st, 2010 at 8:20 am

    That is too cool! I did not realize that you could do this. Thanks for sharing!!!

  2. on July 1st, 2010 at 9:39 am

    That is really interesting, I can’t wait to prank a few friend this should be fun. Great way to start the afternoon with a little mischief.

  3. Joe said,

    on July 1st, 2010 at 10:28 am

    Tracy and cheap textbooks: Glad you like the post. let me know what pranks you pull with it.

  4. on July 1st, 2010 at 1:28 pm

    I’ve been doing this for a long time on my network, which was recently acquired by AT&T. It’s also a really good way to send yourself a txt for important emails. Just set up a forward in your filters. I use it for server-down alerts in case I’m not watching my email.
    .-= jtGraphic: James Thompson´s last blog ..Google Image Swirl Make Finding the Perfect Image Easier =-.

  5. Joe said,

    on July 1st, 2010 at 10:16 pm

    jtGraphic: Yeah. I do the same. We have an asterisk phone system that emails my work email with a copy of my voice mail, which I auto-forward to my phone. I also use this method to send notifications from server monitoring scripts to my phone. Very convenient

  6. on July 8th, 2010 at 12:45 am

    I am already sending my wife message from George Bush :) Thanks

  7. Gerri said,

    on July 9th, 2010 at 4:44 am

    I wonder if I can do all of that given that I live in New Zealand?
    .-= Gerri´s last blog ..Government Auctions A Bargain Hunters -amp Resellers Paradise =-.

  8. used tires said,

    on July 11th, 2010 at 6:41 pm

    Wow Joe, this is some powerful information! I could totally imagine myself sending friends a few messages from supposed celebrities ;-) I could also see the dark side of this and the lengths some people may go to with it, lol

    Till then,

    .-= used tires´s last blog ..Used Tires Dealers Website =-.

  9. Bidet said,

    on July 16th, 2010 at 2:10 pm

    Haha this is a great way to prank your friends, Im sure theyll get a kick out of it. Thanks for sharing this info with us.

  10. Umair said,

    on July 29th, 2010 at 6:48 am

    Oh this is so cool… I am already feeling naughty.
    .-= Umair´s last blog ..Coolest Windows 7 Tips and Trick – Taskbar Shortcuts and Tweaks =-.

  11. Joe Tech said,

    on July 29th, 2010 at 7:27 am

    Thanks everyone. Have fun with it responsibly and don’t forget to share the link on Facebook!

  12. on August 8th, 2010 at 9:16 am

    This is really a wonderful approach to prank your friends, Im positive theyll get a kick out of it. Thanks for sharing this info with us.

  13. chey said,

    on February 2nd, 2011 at 8:46 am

    I’m trying to send a picture message anonymously, I don’t want him to get my new number, but I wanna screw with him, bc I came upon a very “interesting” photo… how do I do that?

  14. Joe Tech said,

    on February 2nd, 2011 at 12:55 pm

    chey: Just follow the instructions in this post. Make sure to send a test to another phone, first. Ideally, you’ll send the test to the same type of phone he has on the same network as his. So if he has an Android phone on Verizon, find someone else who does, too and send a test to them first. Various phones and networks respond in various ways.

  15. Joe Doe said,

    on May 27th, 2011 at 7:53 am

    You can also just make an email address for pranking and send texts via email. The only contact the person will have is this new email address, which is actually better because they can respond to you but still have no idea who it is.

  16. jacque said,

    on May 29th, 2011 at 12:28 pm

    Can they find you using an IP address? I know that’s how some teens have found out who it was texting them. Thxs

  17. Bill Benner said,

    on September 29th, 2011 at 11:32 am

    I tried sending a message to an friend with verizon, the message keeps getting cut off. I fgured it would break it up in several text but it didnt. I justy sent the first group of words thats it.

    How do I get the whole message to

  18. Joe Tech said,

    on September 29th, 2011 at 5:29 pm

    Jacque: It depends on how you send the email. Generally, text messages don’t display all the email headers like you can display in Outlook, so you’d have a hard time tracking someone that way. Really, though, this is best used for messing with friends, not anything you’d have to be tracked down for.

    Bill: How big is the message?

  19. Jenn said,

    on October 24th, 2011 at 12:20 pm

    So did Chase tell you he came to my house yesterday and spent the whole day with me & the baby?? I saw you were calling him all day so I figured you did know where he was so i just thought i’d tell you everything we had sex and he lefted his i.d here and when he came back to get it this morning we fucked again. He told me that yall to werent together that yall just leave together for now until he can get his own place. He also told me he wanted his family back and thats why he has been coming by every weekend to spend time with us. I know Chase and i know he is a cheating lying asshole but i just also wanted to let you know he is cheating on you and always will please just be careful with yourself.

  20. on January 2nd, 2012 at 1:18 pm

    […] How To Send An Anonymous Text Or MMS Message When a friend wanted to play a little prank, she asked if this could be done so I went to work […]

  21. on January 16th, 2012 at 4:19 pm

    Sometimes I feel like sending an anonymous email in order to express myself to a person that I am not fond of. But I did not do it, the reason behind this is because i don’t want someone sending me anonymous emails. What goes around, comes around .

  22. on January 24th, 2012 at 1:44 pm

    Hi Joe! Does this technique works even today? This post is almost 2 years ago and I hope it still works. I will send a text message to my son to prank him. Thanks for the future replies.

  23. on March 12th, 2012 at 11:04 am

    That is pretty cool, I didn’t know you could do that.

  24. Goddess said,

    on May 20th, 2012 at 5:35 am

    Jesus Christ, who let you breed in the first place? You have the audacity to tell someone the man they probably love is cheating…..with you? You are clearly a dumb and ridiculous b*tch  who has nothing better to do than suck on your man while his dumbass prodigy sucks on you. What a load…

  25. Goddess said,

    on May 20th, 2012 at 6:09 am

    Really? So why were you with him in the first place? And what possessed you to give him an option to breed? YOU are the reason women’s rights and access to birth control are being challenged- you can’t manage to control or respect yourself enough to kick this “lying cheating asshole ” to the curb before he knocks you up with a child that he will likely NEVER take responsibility for, since by living with another woman he’s clearly telling the both of you just how much you really mean. Grow a spine and wield your power- for you AND your child.

  26. anonymous12 said,

    on May 22nd, 2012 at 9:05 am has completley 100% anonymous my friend received a text from mick jaguar no number, email or name only what you choose top anonymous texting website at the min

  27. on May 28th, 2012 at 9:26 pm

    mms sending is very simple but this is feature of hand set. your explaination in step by step is very nice.

  28. on September 17th, 2012 at 9:10 am

    This has been fun to mess with , i Rick Rolled a couple people with it.

  29. on October 5th, 2012 at 12:11 am

    But sometime these kind of text msg will create spam problems.

  30. Jomaz said,

    on October 10th, 2012 at 1:57 am

    Check if the other person has received your text message. You can use your iphone app to check if the other person received your message.

  31. on October 10th, 2012 at 9:58 pm

    I really like your way of expressing the opinions and sharing the information. It is good to move as chance bring new things in life, paves the way for advancement, etc. But it is well known to everyone that moving to new location with bulk of goods is not an easy task to move or shift from one place to other place because I have experienced about that and I face the problem like that.

  32. liliH said,

    on January 9th, 2013 at 8:02 pm

    would this work if someone blocked u?

  33. on March 1st, 2013 at 8:08 am

    I’ve started using email or third party internet sites to send text messages and it works really well. Unless you identify yourself no one knows who it came from.

  34. on April 8th, 2013 at 12:47 pm

    This worked well for me. Comes in handy when I am trying to contact people at work.

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