While anonymous text messaging apps were limited a few years ago, there are now a great deal of them in both the iOS App Store and Google Play Store.
Since there is such a surplus of apps, I've shortened down the list to a handful of my favorites below.
- Text Free (Android and iOS)
- TextNow (Android and iOS)
- textPlus (Android and iOS)
- Text Me! (Android and iOS)
- Burner (Android and iOS)
- Mustache (Android only)
- Smiley Private Texting (iOS only)
With all of the apps above, you'll be able to send and receive text messages from a phone number given to you, sometimes local but other times not. You'll either have to sign up with an email address or username and password, but it's quick and painless and will get you anonymously texting in under a minute.
Note that a lot of these service do not work with short code, so if you're signing up for a new website or service, you might not receive a text.