I love the fact that traditional SMS is not going anywhere—and that tech companies are changing things fast. Google is already revolutionizing how you send and receive text message—you can now text and receive texts messages on your desktop among other innovations recently launched by the company. Good thing is Microsoft is launching something a bit similar; if not better—‘Your Phone’ app.
Your Phone app gives you instant access to your Android phone’s photos and texts on your computer. It means you can text your friends while you also get to read or receive their texts on your PC. The newly launched app also lets you drag and drop photos from your phone onto your PC. You can also copy and edit your photo right from your computer. It is texting made easy because it actually makes things very simple. You can message your friends just by using your keyboard.
In case you are an iPhone user and wondering if you will ever get to use Microsoft’s new app, not to worry because you can surf the web directly on your phone, then send the webpage instantly to your computer to pick up from where you left off. The beauty of it is that you can read, watch, or browse with the benefits of a bigger screen.
You can gain easy and quick access to your phone’s content by pinning the app to your desktop or taskbar.
Google users are already sending and receiving text messages via their desktop. 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.
Here is a quick guide to help you set up Android Messages for web:
- Set Android Messages as your default SMS app or download and install it from the Play Store and set it as default.
- Visit com from your computer where you will see a screen with further instructions as well as a QR code.
- 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.
- All things being equal, you should be able to start sending and receiving text messages on desktop and mobile.