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Google Launched New Feature: Text from computer with Android Messages Google Launched New Feature: Text from computer with Android Messages
News | 08/06/2018

Google Launched New Feature: Text from computer with Android Messages


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Google had recently introduced a new feature that allows the user to text from the internet with the Android Messages.

This feature allows the users to be a lot more flexible about how and where to carry on with a conversation.

Till the time your android device is up and running, you can easily text using a desktop or another mobile device no matter if its an iOS device like iPhone or iPad all you need to do is open a web browser.

Sideways, with text, you also get the options to send images, emojis, and stickers over the web.

To use Android Messages through the web requires Android Messages to be the main texting app on your smartphone.

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You would like it just fine, and Google definitely has something big cooking for the future, but let’s say you prefer, Samsung or Apple’s default messaging app or something else, in that case, the two won’t work together.

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Android Messages Web

Getting started and setting it up is quite simple.

  1. To begin with, you need to make sure that you’ve acquired the latest version of Android Messages on your smartphone.
  2. To proceed with, get hold of the other device you are planning to use as an alternative.
  3. Now you need to open the web browser on this new device and go to messages.android.com, here you will see a QR code on the right side of the screen

    Scan the QR code with your Android device
  4. Quickly open Android Messages on your Android device. Hit the icon with three vertical dots at the top right corner of the app.
  5. Here, inside the menu, you should see an option saying “Messages for web.” If it doesn’t show up instantly give it some time. Google is about to roll out the feature for every device by next week.
  6. If present, tap on “Scan QR code” and point your phone’s camera at the QR code on your other device. Within seconds, the phone will vibrate linking both the devices.
  7. Now you will notice your chats show up on the left side of the web browser. Google also mentioned that “contacts, conversation threads, and other settings are cached and encrypted on your browser.”
    Note: This does not mean your actual text conversations are encrypted. They’re not!

And that’s it! Just to be sure that you don’t have to go through the whole QR process again, click on “remember this computer” while both the devices are being paired to stay connected all the time.

You can also get this on the ‘settings’ menu, to access this you need to click on the three-dots which are to the right top corner on the web version of Android Messenger.

Always remember: Do not make use of this feature if you are on a public network as other people can easily access it.

Browsers that support Android Messages

  • Google Chrome
  • Mozilla Firefox
  • Safari
  • Microsoft Edge

You can easily revoke the access from other devices through your Android device.

Any day if you wish to withdraw a web browser’s access from your chats and messages, you can easily do so from your Android device. Go back to the place where you saw “Messages for web” on Android Messages following which you can choose to sign out of specific devices or all of them with a tap.

Also read: Precautions and Security Measures Taken in Cloud Computing Services

You get a dark mode for the web version!

Android Messages don’t offer the dark theme mode on mobile, but Google has the dark theme for the web, where all the app’s light grays and whites might become a burden to eyeballs at night.

You can look for the “Enable dark theme” in settings on the top right corner above the “Remember this computer” option stated earlier.

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Keep your Android device powered on.

Android Messages on the web are dependent on the primary device. So, in case your battery dies, or if your phone shuts down for any reason, all the other devices will be logged out automatically.

To attach and send a file or image all you need to do is drag and drop

Sending an attachment through the web Android Messages is dead simple. You can just drag and drop the file you wish to send into the conversation window or just click on the attachments icon placed to the right of emoji and stickers.

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