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Google has been trying to adapt its mobile services for desktop computers for a long time. This is not only about the release of new versions of programs, but also about the transfer of proprietary solutions to the web so that they can be used from any device with an Internet browser. A striking example of such integration is Messages for Web.
This tool does not have any localized name, but in fact it is a browser-based version of the Messages application on an Android smartphone. With it, users can exchange SMS with friends, family and colleagues directly on a computer or tablet.
How the tool works
First, you need to install the Google Messages mobile app on Android, if you don't already have it. It is through it that data will be sent when working with the web version.
Next, the application needs to be linked to a desktop PC or laptop via a smartphone. To do this, follow these steps:
- Go to the Messages for Web page in a web browser on your computer.
- After scanning, the page on the computer screen will instantly refresh and you will see a list of your chats from your smartphone.
What features does the tool have
The web version on the PC offers almost all the same features like a mobile app. You can read all your chats, receive new messages, and send SMS and MMS with pictures, emojis, stickers and GIF animations.
Opposite each contact in the list on the left there are three dots, clicking on which opens a menu with the functions of archiving messages, blocking the subscriber and disable notifications.
Any interlocutor can see the phone number. To do this, go to your chat and click on the three dots in the upper right corner, then select “Details”. You can also do this using the “Start Chat” button, which offers contacts from the application on your smartphone.
And of course, there are settings for the web version, where you can turn on the dark theme, activate the constant connection between the PC and the smartphone, disable auto-selection of emoji and more.
How to cancel the connectionYou can terminate the connection both from a smartphone and from a computer. In the first case, in the “Messages” application, you must again go to the “Device connection” item and click the “×” icon opposite the browser on the PC.
From a computer, this is just as easy: click on the three dots above the contact list and select “Disable”.
What you need for the tool to work
Only three conditions are required for Google Messages for Web to work correctly:
- Smartphone on Android 5.0 or higher.
- The latest version of the Messages application.
- Connecting both devices to the Internet.
Note right away that the service operates only on one tab in the browser – you cannot duplicate messages on another. In addition, it is not possible to connect two or more devices to the same smartphone in parallel.
Google Messages for Web is guaranteed to work correctly in Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Safari, and Microsoft Edge.
Charges for sending messages from your mobile account are in accordance with your tariff.