Finally, Android users can use their computers to send and receive text messages thanks to Google’s Android Messages for the web.
This feature is still being rolled out, but here’s how to get it set up in your Messages app once it becomes available.
How to use Android Messages for the web?
- Make Messages your go-to SMS client
- Check out android.com/messages.
- Verify your identity by entering your password
- Do not hesitate to text.
1. Set Messages as the default SMS app
Keep in mind that you must be using Android’s Messages app on your phone in order to access your texts through the web. This Android 101 guide will show you how to make the stock text messaging app your default.
2. Visit Messages.Android.Com
Visiting messages.android.com on your computer is the next step, and it’s pretty obvious what to do there. This is what your screen should look like.
Step-by-step: If you want to keep using Messages for the web, make sure the switch is turned on by the QR code. This will ensure that you are always logged in to that particular machine. Make sure you are only doing this on computers you own and have full control over it. If you leave a computer or account open for others to use, they can access your data, including your text messages.
3. Authenticate Your Account
Go ahead and launch the Android messaging app. To access additional app settings, find the three-dot menu icon in the upper right corner and tap on it.
Choose “Web Messages” from the drop-down menu. After going to Android Messages on the web, this should launch your camera so you can scan the barcode.
Important: Android Message for the web wasn’t available to everyone at the time this was written. About a week after the announcement, Google expects everyone to be able to use it.
4. Text away!
Your text messages should now be accessible on your computer, and you should be able to both send and receive SMS messages. Keep in mind that you may have to repeat these procedures if you quit your browser or use a different computer.
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