Can You *67 a Text?

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Can You *67 a Text?

Using *67 to place a phone call to someone will cause your number to appear anonymously on the user’s caller id. This is one of the easiest ways to place an anonymous phone call using your existing phone service.

One of the most common questions that people have regarding the *67 feature is whether or not it will work with text messages. Many people think that using the *67 feature before sending a text will keep the receiver from knowing the identity of the person who has sent the text.

Unfortunately, the *67 feature will not work to hide your number while sending a text message to someone. You will need to use an alternative method to send your text messages anonymously. You should not use the *67 feature to attempt to send anonymous text messages, as your information will be revealed upon receipt of the text.

This guide will provide you will all of the information that you need to better understand whether or not *67 will work with text messages and also offer some alternative methods for sending anonymous text messages.

You should consider these methods when trying to send an anonymous text message safely and securely.

Does *67 Work On Text Messages?

Using *67 before sending a text message will not cause it to send anonymously. *67 only works with phone calls that you make and will not make your identity anonymous for text messages. Many people assume that it works for both types of communication only to find that their number is still visible once the text message is sent.

You should use one of the alternative methods for sending an anonymous text found later in this guide. These can be useful when you wish to ensure the anonymity of the text messages that you send.

How To *67 A Text

The next part of this guide will detail the different ways that you can send a text message anonymously. Since *67 does not work for text messages, you will need to use one of these alternative methods to achieve the same effect.

Some of the most common methods for sending an anonymous text message are using an alternative email address, using free anonymous texting websites or applications, or withholding your number by altering your phone’s settings.

All of these methods will be discussed in detail in the list below. You should use this list to find the method that works best for you.

1. Send Text Through Email

Many of the major cellphone carriers will allow you to send a text message to another person using an email address. You can use this method of sending a text to another person to hide your actual number and identity.

For this method to be the most efficient, you should consider setting up a temporary or alternative email address to send your text messages from. You will need to know the exact carrier that the person you are sending a text has their phone service through.

You also need to adhere to a certain message template for any texts you send through email to be received properly. The templates differ depending on the phone service provider that the recipient of the text has. The different formats for preparing your text messages to be sent anonymously through email have been listed below.

Any messages that you receive in reply to a text sent using this method be received as a TXT file. You will be able to reply to it by using the same email address that you sent it from. It is important that you do not use your real email address if you are trying to send a text message anonymously.

Using your real email will enable to the recipient of the text to link it back to you if they recognize your email address.

AT&T

SMS (a text-only message): [email protected]

MMS (a message that includes multimedia like pictures, audio, or video): [email protected]

Metro PCS

SMS/MMS: [email protected]

Sprint

SMS: [email protected]

MMS: [email protected]

T-Mobile

SMS/MMS: [email protected]

Verizon Wireless

SMS: [email protected]

MMS: [email protected]

2. Use Anonymous Texting Websites

There are many free text messaging websites that will allow you to send a text message anonymously for free. This will hide your phone number and identity from the person you are sending the text messages to.

Keep in mind that using anonymous texting websites will still allow you to be identified using your IP address. To achieve full anonymity, you should consider using a VPN for visiting any anonymous texting site to ensure that your IP address will not be exposed.

The list below details some of the best anonymous texting sites currently available for use. All of these websites offer anonymous texting services for free. The best anonymous free texting sites are ones that do not require extensive signup information and will allow you to both send and receive text messages anonymously.

TxtDrop

TxtDrop is one of the most popular and easy to use anonymous texting services currently on the web. Using TxtDrop, users located in Canada and the USA can send an anonymous text message instantly to anywhere located in the accepted range.

All that is required to use TxtDrop is your email address and the number of the person whom you wish to text anonymously. All replies to the texts you send using TxtDrop will be sent to the email that you provide when sending your text.

This is a great free option to consider when trying to send a text message anonymously. 

Text For Free

Text For Free is another web service that allows users to send text messages anonymously. One thing to consider when using text for free to send anonymous text messages is that you will not be able to receive any replies to your messages.

The upside to this, you will not have to provide any type of email address to send your anonymous text message. All you will need to provide is the number of the person that you wish to send a text message to.

This will allow you to have complete anonymity while sending your text message. Text For Free guarantees that all of your information and data will not be shared with any third parties. You should check to ensure that the carrier of the person you are texting is supported by the Text For Free website.

This is a great free option to consider when trying to send a text message anonymously. 

Anonymous SMS

This is one of the most popular anonymous texting services currently available. Using Anonymous SMS, you can send an anonymous text to someone located anywhere in the world. This makes it a far more versatile messaging application as it does not have the limitations that some other free anonymous text applications have.

You will not be able to receive replies from people that you text anonymously using Anonymous SMS. This makes it best suited for sending a one-time anonymous message to another person. It is completely free to use and does not require an email to use.

3. Use An Anonymous Texting App

You should also consider searching your phone’s app store for any anonymous texting apps that are available. Many of the web-based applications listed above have applications that can be installed on your devices and used to send anonymous text messages.

Some of the most popular anonymous texting applications available for your devices are Text Me, Text Free, and Text Now. Burner is another popular application that is available in most app stores that will allow you to acquire and use as many alternative numbers as you wish for anonymous texting.

You can also download and install the SpoofCard application that will allow you to change your caller ID so that you can keep your original number but have your identity hidden while sending anonymous text messages.

All of the applications mentioned here are available on the app stores for most devices. These are a great alternative to the anonymous texting websites that are listed earlier in this guide. You should use these applications any time that you wish to send a text message anonymously.

To choose the best anonymous texting application, you should look for one that does not require extensive signup information and will allow you to send and receive anonymous text messages to anyone located anywhere in the world.

You should check for any messaging restrictions that the anonymous text messaging application has before attempting to use it to send your text messages.

4. Withhold Your Number

On most devices, you can choose to withhold your number. This is a good option if you want to keep your number private from other people when calling or texting.

Keep in mind that people will be able to determine your real number when using this method, as it will be available more easily discoverable upon further investigation after you have sent your text.

To withhold your number on Android, you will need to open the phone app and pull up the keypad. Once you have done this, tap the three dots in the upper right-hand corner and enter the Settings menu. Depending on your phone, you will then need to tap either the Call Settings or Phone Settings tab.

In this menu, you will see the Caller ID menu. Tap into the Caller ID menu and select the option to Hide Caller. This will hide your Caller ID when making phone calls and texts on your Android device. If you cannot locate the Caller ID menu, you should check in the Advanced Settings menu.

For iPhone users, you can withhold your number by opening up the Settings menu for your device. In the Settings menu, tap into the Phone Menu.

In the Phone menu, you will see the Show My Caller ID tab. Tap into this menu and disable the caller ID settings to have your caller ID hidden while making calls and sending texts.

Keep in mind that while making calls or sending texts using a hidden caller ID could cause the recipients to confuse your calls and text with spam or scams. This can keep you from receiving answers or replies to your texts and calls.

This is not as efficient as using a free anonymous texting application or website. Because of the nature of withholding your number, you will still be able to be identified by the person if they investigate further.

Because of this, you should be careful when sending anonymous text messages this way.

5. Use Another Phone Number

You should also consider using a disposable phone, more commonly known as a “burner” phone, to send text messages from a number that cannot be linked back to you. They are a very common option for people who wish to send anonymous text messages and make anonymous calls.

You can purchase prepaid burner phones for cheap and they will often come with a set amount of texts and call time that you can use before needing to buy more minutes and texts. You can also set up a VoIP number, which will issue you a phone number to use for anonymous texting.

You can use services like Google Voice and Skype to have a VoIP number issued to you. Depending on the service that you choose to obtain your VoIP number, it could cost a small fee to have a number issued to you.

If you use Google Voice, you will be assigned a VoIP number that you can use for free when you create an account. Using a VoIP number, you can use your corresponding accounts with the service that has issued you your number to make anonymous calls and texts, as long as your information is not tied to those accounts.

This is one of the best options to consider when you wish to send an anonymous text message to someone. Because the phone number that you are issued by your burner phone or VoIP will give you access to a phone number that is not associated with any of your real information in anyway.

6. Use A Free Instant Messaging Application To Send A Text Anonymously

You can also use many free instant messaging applications to send messages to a phone number using the messaging services of the application. As long as you have access to the person’s phone number you wish to text anonymously, you can enter it into the send field to have a text message sent anonymously through the messaging application.

It is important that you do not use your real name or email address to sign up for the instant messaging application. This will keep you from being identified after sending your message. It is best to create a new account to use these applications to send anonymous text messages.

Facebook is a common instant messaging application that will allow you to message a user using only a phone number. If you have a Facebook Messenger account, you should consider creating a new one that is not tied to your main account. Once you have done this, you will be able to send a message anonymously using only the person’s phone number.

WhatsApp is another popular instant messaging application that people can use to send anonymous text messages. You can sign up for WhatsApp like you would any messaging application and will be able to send text messages to people anonymously using your account information.

There are several free to use instant messaging applications that you can consider that will allow you to text someone anonymously. You should check your app store for some of these applications and sign up with an account that does not link back to your real information.

This will allow you to use phone numbers to send anonymous texts to other people. Most of these free instant messaging applications will require you to sign up for an account before you will be able to use them properly.

You should be careful that you do not use any information while signing up for your instant messaging account that will be able to identify you to the user.

Final Thoughts

This guide has provided you with all of the information that you need to send an anonymous text message. While the *67 feature does not hide your identity when texting someone, there are several alternative ways to hide your identity when texting contained in this guide.

As previously mentioned, you should consider creating an alternative email account or accessing a burner phone to further mask your identity when trying to make anonymous text messages. You should also consider using a VPN to mask your IP when using some of the free anonymous text messaging services found on the web.

Using the information provided in this guide, you will be able to send an anonymous text message quickly and easily.

 

David Johnson is a freelance writer with 9 years of experience writing for Techzillo and other established tech outlets like iMore. His focus and key interests are Apple and accessibility as well as consumer technology in general. Read our Editorial Guidlines and Fact Checking process.

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