Android Messages for web is here. Much like WhatsApp for web, Messages for web lets you pair your computer to your phone, so you can send and receive SMS from either device. The pairing process is simple, as is the interface. To get you started, here’s a quick guide on how to use Android Messages for web on your computer.
Note: Google’s head of messaging Justin Uberti confirmed on Twitter that the rollout of Android Messages for web is now complete. That means everyone should be able to use Android Messages for web to send and receive SMSs from their computer, provided they run the latest version of Android Messages. Download it from the Play Store.
How to use Android Messages for web
- Open the Messages app on your smartphone
- Tap the overflow menu (three dots in the top right-hand corner)
- Tap “Messages for Web”
- On your computer, open https://messages.android.com/ in your browser of choice
- On your phone, tap “Scan QR code” and scan the code on the webpage you just opened on your computer
- You’ve now linked Messages on your phone to Messages for Web on your computer. You should now see the Messages interface in your browser window
- You will be prompted to “Remember this computer” which means your phone will remain paired with the browser interface even if you close the tab in which it appears
- Your message history will appear in the left-hand window with your expanded conversations on the right
- Tap the overflow menu to access settings, archived messages, send feedback, get help or sign out
- In the settings area, you can enable a dark theme, as I have done, change your notification and message preview settings, pair and unpair your phone and computer, set an alert for when your phone is using data instead of Wi-Fi, and enable accessibility options like keyboard shortcuts and high contrast mode
- To reply to an existing message, simply click the message in the history list window to open that conversation
- To start a new conversation, click the “+ New conversation” button at the top of your message history list, then just type the name, number or email address of the contact you wish to send a message to
- Type your message in the text entry field at the bottom of the right-hand window. You can add emoji, stickers, and attachments as you normally would on your phone, and then click the arrow button to send.
- If you have a dual-SIM phone, you’ll be able to select which SIM card to send the message from on the left-hand side of the text entry field by clicking the down arrow
- You can mute a conversation by clicking the bell icon at the top right of the expanded view, or open the overflow menu for further options
- You can access additional notification and messaging settings on your smartphone
There you have it — how to use Android Messages for web to text via SMS right from your computer. Questions? Let us know.