Google Messages for Web makes it easy to chat with your family and friends on your computer without having to download additional apps. The web app is easy to use and has a shallow barrier to entry. If you’ve come across Google Messages for Web and you’re wondering what it is, what it’s for and how to use it, then you’ve come to the right place.
What is Google Messaging for web?
Google Messages for Web is a web app that enables Android users to chat with friends, family, colleagues, etc. on a computer directly inside a web browser. This gives you a complete view of all your messages on Google’s Messages mobile app.
Simply put, Google Messages for Web is a browser-based version of your regular messaging app — but with a few limitations.
Google Messages for Web lets you link your Messages mobile app, so you can send SMS messages from your desktop or laptop computer through your phone. As with the regular app, carrier charges apply when sending messages using Google Messages for Web.
The only difference is that you are using a connection from your computer to your phone. However, if you and the recipient have RCS enabled, you can avoid charges because you’ll only be using the Internet connection to send and receive messages.
What devices does Google Messages for Web Support work on?
Google Messages for Web supports a wide range of Android devices, but not all of them. As long as your phone runs Android 5.0 and up, you can use Google Messages for web. Here’s a guide on how to check your Android version if you’re not sure what you’re running.
Although the Google Messages app is not available on iOS devices, you can access the app on your iOS devices by using Google Messages for Web.
How to use Google Messages for web
Using Google Messages for Web is easy. Once you have the latest version of the app installed, follow these steps to start sending messages from your computer on Google Messages for Web.
Tap the three-dot menu in the top right and choose Device pairing.
Tap the QR code scanner button and point your camera at the QR code shown by Google Messages for Web. This will instantly link your Messages app with Google Messages for web. You can link multiple computers together, but you can only use one at a time.
If you want both to be added automatically the next time, click the toggle next to Remember this computer.
Once the pairing is successful, you can start sending text messages through Google Messages for web.
How to unpair Google Messages for web
If you no longer want to send messages via the web, you can unlink your Messages app. You can do this through Google Messages for web from your Android phone or directly on your computer. We’ll show you how to do it via Android first.
On the next page, select a specific device to unpair. Tap the X button next to the device you want to disconnect and confirm by selecting Unpair when prompted.
Alternatively, disconnect all devices by selecting Unpair all devices.
Google Messages for Web Requirements and Limitations
Like most software, Google Messages for web has to meet certain requirements in order to use the app. First, as mentioned above, your Android phone must be running at least Android 5.0. The second requirement for using Google Messages for web is the latest version of the Messages mobile app. So first of all update your Google Messages app.
Third, you must have a Wi-Fi or data connection. Since Google Messages for Web links your mobile app to your computer via an Internet connection, having an Internet connection is essential. So if that connection drops, you can’t continue chatting using Google Messages for web. This is the biggest limitation of the app.
Another limitation of using Google Messages in the browser is that you can only have active conversations on one tab at a time. If you’ve linked your Messages app to Google Messages for web on different devices, you can only use one to chat at a time. The rest will remain inactive.
Google Messages for Web also supports a handful of web browsers, including Chrome, Mozilla’s Firefox, Safari, and Microsoft Edge.
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Google Messages for web is handy, so you can keep in touch with your friends and family without ever picking up your phone. While the app has its own limitations, you cannot ignore the added convenience it brings in our lives. It’s easy to use, and you’ll be up to speed with it by following the instructions above.