You Can Now Send Messages on Your Android Phone From the Web

Joanna Estrada
June 19, 2018

Are you excited to start using Android Messages for web?

After the world noticed that Android Messages for web had gone live, Google has gone ahead and made the feature official, as well as a handful of other new tweaks.

Android Messages for web is launching today, bringing the chat service another step closer to rivaling Apple's iMessage. It'll support not only text but stickers and emoji in conversations.

To enable it, you'll need to go to the Messages app on your phone first.

The bad news here is that, at the time of publication, the "messages for web" function in the More options menu on the phone isn't live just yet. You have to associate the web interface with your app using a QR code on the page. You can optionally have the webpage remember the computer, or leave that toggle unchecked and have the browser forgotten when you close the tab. It's only available in English for now, but more languages are on the way.

Then there are link previews. When you're logging into a site or app that requires a one-time password sent over text message, iOS 12 will let you paste that into the necessary field with one tap. If you don't see that in your app quite yet, Google says it's rolling it out to users starting today and over this coming week. The feature, along with others including GIF search, smart replies, and more, is part of an updated messaging experience for Android users that aims to be Google's response to iMessage.

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