Google rolls out Android Messages for web—send and receive SMS on desktop

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Credit: https://messages.android.com/

Finally, we are almost there—in a bit Google will have you sending and receiving text messages via your desktop. Google has been working on the desktop version of its Android Messages; an app that lets you send and receive messages on your phone.

Within the next week or thereabout, you should be able to receive or send SMS on your desktop. This brings an end to several years of getting help from third-party developers. The functionality is integrated into the Android official SMS/RCS client. Considering the amount of people using Google’s operating system, Android Messages on the web could very well be Google’s way of giving Apple’s iMessage a run for the money.

First, you need to bring up your Android Message on mobile to the latest version, then you have to scan QR codes on your desktop to connect. The process is pretty similar to that of Allo, and only takes a couple of minutes to complete.

The option to scan a barcode and connect your phone to a desktop is currently not available for many users, but I am sure it won’t be long before you can do that. However, a Messages for web section, according to 9to5google will be added in the overflow menu of Android Messages. Virtually every popular browser you can think of is supported by the new functionality. Unlike in the case of Allo where Google only started with Chrome, Messages for web is opening the show with Firefox, Microsoft Edge, Mozilla, and Safari.

Here is a quick set up guide to help you get started:

  1. Set Android Messages as your default SMS app or download and install it from the Play Store and set it as default.
  2. Visit android.com from your computer where you will see a screen with further instructions as well as a QR code.
  3. Authenticate your account by scanning the barcode on the web. You can authenticate your phone by locating and tapping the three-dot menu icon in the top right corner of the app to open the “more options” menu. From there, select “Messages for web” where the camera will open up and allow you to scan the barcode found after visiting Android Messages on the web.
  4. All things being equal, you should be able to start sending and receiving text messages on desktop and mobile.

What’s more? You can also link your Google account with Android Messages. Reason for this has not been made known yet, but we trust that it could be Google’s own way of enriching the user experience while using the app.

Payments and purchases are also coming to Android Messages. You will be able to settle your bills, and make some purchases the same way you do on Wallet.

Despite boasting an array of mobile messaging apps, Google has managed to convince everyone that it can make all its apps attractive to all. The focus now is on Android Messages.


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Author: Ola Ric

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