Google‘s Android Messages app, just like Whatsapp and Telegram, now has its own browser-based web service.
What this means is that app users can now send and receive text messages over the internet simply by connecting their smartphone to a browser on another computer.
In order to do this, you’ll have to visit the website https://messages.android.com to scan a QR code. Once that’s done, you can then make use of a keyboard and a large screen, aka a computer, when writing text messages.
Android Messages, which is available free of charge from Google’s Play Store, also supports RCS messaging – the new standard meant to supplant regular SMS texts; that allows you to send and receive multimedia messages (messages containing pictures, videos and other additional content).
However, that feature is dependent on your local mobile network operator being able to support the feature.
You also have the option to make the program your standard app for handling regular text and RCS messages.
In order to do so, go to “Settings” of the app, then “Default messaging app” and select “Messages” from the menu. The app will then adopt all the required settings and can also import existing SMS messages.
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