Use Android Messages for Web
Edited by Jay
The long-awaited Messages for Web, by Android Messages, is finally available to all Android users. Sending and receiving text messages via a computer isn't new, there are plenty of apps that have been around for quite some time that perform well. However, Android Messages is one of the more popular messaging apps in use today, so having a web interface that syncs with a user's device saves on having to install additional applications.
Being able to use your computer to send and receive SMS messages is very convenient; users can continue communicating seamlessly with their contacts while on their computer. This is especially helpful for people who have multiple conversations going on at the same time. From a productivity standpoint, it's much easier to navigate to a tab in your web browser than it is to pick up your device each time a new message arrives.
In this VisiHow guide, we're going to show how to get started with Android Messages for Web. For this tutorial, we used a Google Pixel running Android 8.1.0 and the Firefox browser.
Setup Android Messages for Web
- 4With your browser open, visit the following link.Next, open your preferred web browser on a desktop or laptop computer.
Android Messages Web Settings
On the Android Messages for Web webpage, there is a variety if settings worth checking out.
- Notifications: Enable this, and you'll be alerted when a new message arrives.
- Message preview: When enabled, you can see a preview of a new message in the left-pane of the webpage.
- Enable dark theme: Android Messages for Web offers a dark themed interface, as well as the default light version.
- Remember this computer: Enable this, and the computer you use will be remembered, allowing you to skip scanning the QR code each time.
- Date use message: When this is turned on, you'll be notified if you're using your mobile data.
- Enable chat features: When enabled, Android Messages for Web will use either mobile data or WiFi to send and receives messages.
- Send read receipts: Turn this on, and your contacts will receive notification once you've read a message.
- Show typing indicators: When enabled, the person you're chatting with will see that you're typing.
- Keyboard shortcuts: Enable this, and you'll be able to use keyboard shortcuts with the web side of Android Messages.
- High contrast mode: In this mode, messages will appear with an outline around each block of text, instead of a solid background.
Be sure to click "DONE" once you've changed any setting, or it won't be applied.