Following up our latest episode of Tech Tip Tuesday on Windows 10 Android Messaging, here’s another way to send text messages from your computer or another device.  Why would you want to do this?  Not everyone can type as quickly on their phone as they do on a computer keyboard.  Plus this feature means you don’t have to pull your phone out every time you get a message.  Leave it in your pocket, purse, or wherever else you keep it.

Android Messages for Web

Android users can also send messages from any browser.  It’s a relatively new feature that just started rolling out in the last couple of months.  For those Android users who also use some Apple devices, it means you can even send messages from your Mac or iOS device.

There is a caveat to this functionality.  In order for this to work, you must be using Android Messages as the primary texting app on your phone.   If you happen to prefer using the message app provided by the phone manufacturer, then this method won’t work for you.

Android Messages Setup Guide

Here are the steps to getting up and running.

  1. Install the latest version of Android Messages if you don’t already have it.
  2. Visit messages.android.com on the device you want to send from (not your phone).  You should see a large QR code on the page that loads.
  3. Open the Android Messages app on your phone and tap the three vertical dots at the top right of the screen.
  4. Select “Messages for web”.
  5. Select “Scan QR code” and use your camera to scan the QR code you loaded in step 2.  After doing this, your phone should vibrate, and the devices linked.  Any conversations on your phone should show up in your browser.  According to Google, these conversations and settings will be encrypted and cached within your browser.
  6. Lastly, in Android Messages on your browser, click the three dots at the top right, and select “Remember this computer” as long as you’re not on a public computer.

Final Thoughts

The major browsers (Chrome, Firefox, Microsoft Edge, and Safari) are compatible.  However, this capability only functions as long as your phone remains powered on.  If you turn your phone off, you won’t be able to text from your browser.

A dark theme can be activated that’s easier on the eyes at night.  Unfortunately, it’s not currently available on your phone.

You can also remove a device after linking a browser.  Just go back to “Messages for web” on your phone, and sign out of any devices you no longer want to have access.

Lastly, you simply drag photos or media straight into the window to send in a message.  You can also click the attachment icon, but nothing beats drag-and-drop.

Try out the new Android Messages for web for yourself, and let us know how you like it.

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