Google can send text from the internet using Android messages. The feature gives users much more flexibility in choosing how and where to have conversations. As long as your Android smartphone is on, you can send text from a desktop computer or even other mobile devices – including iOS products like an iPad, if you just open Safari. In addition to text, you can also send emoji, stickers, and pictures over the web.
To use Android Messages on the web, you need to use Android Messages as the main SMS app on your phone. I like it pretty well and Google is clearly planning big things for the future, but if you prefer Samsung̵
With that, it’s pretty easy to get started and set things up.
- Make sure you have the latest version of Android Messages installed on your phone
- Go to messages.android.com on the computer or other device you want to send text from. On the right side of this page you will see a large QR code.
- Open Android Messages on your smartphone. Tap the icon with three vertical dots on top and on the far right. This menu should show “News for the Web”.
- Tap on “QR Code Scanner” and point your phone’s camera at the QR code on your other device. In less than a second, your phone will vibrate and the two will be linked. You should notice that your conversations are displayed in the left column of the browser window. Google says that “conversation threads, contacts, and other settings in your browser are encrypted and cached.”
Note: This does not mean that your actual text conversations are encrypted. You are not.
And that’s it. To make sure you don’t have to repeat the QR process, you can pair your computer with your phone by checking “Remember this computer”. You will likely see a pop-up asking if you want to enable this the first time you are using the web version of Messages. If you missed it, just head over to the Settings menu, accessible from the web version of Android Messages, by clicking the three-dot icon to the right of Messages. (Of course, you shouldn’t enable this if you’re using a public PC that other people can easily access.)
Which browsers work with Android messages on the web?
- Fire fox
- Microsoft Edge
Lol I just sent a text from my Android phone using Safari on my iPad. It turns out the web is neat.
– Dieter Bohn (@backlon), June 19, 2018
Remove a computer from accessing your messages
If you want to revoke a web browser’s access to your conversations and messages, you can do so quickly from your Android smartphone. Return to the “Messages for the web” section of Android Messages, and you can choose to sign out from individual computers or from all computers with one click.
There is a dark mode!
Dark themes can come in handy when you find that all of the whites and light grays in an app can overwhelm your eyeballs at night. To enable the dark “Messages” theme on mobile devices, tap the same icon with three vertical dots and search for “Select a subject”. You can go with light, dark or the system default.
In the web app, you will find “Activate dark theme” in the menu that you get after you have clicked on the three-dot icon to the right of “Messages”.
Leave your phone switched on
Android messaging on the web cannot work independently of your smartphone. If your battery is dead or your phone turns off for some reason, you will not be able to send texts from your computer.
Drag media into the conversation with Android messages
Sending a photo from Android messages on the web is easy. You can either use the attachment icon to the right of emoji and stickers, or simply drag and drop media into the conversation window to send an MMS.
Update October 5, 5:05 p.m. ET: This article was originally published on June 19, 2018 and has been updated with minor changes to the menus.