Google's new app lets you send texts directly from computer

Google's new app lets you send texts directly from computer

While we've known that this was coming for a while now, Google has finally announced that it's rolling out access to Messages for web, with a full rollout expected over the next week. With the latest update, sending and receiving SMS and RCS (Rich Communication Services) messages from a PC will become easier for Android users.

To enable it, you'll need to go to the Messages app on your phone first. From there, you'll be able to send and receive texts from inside your browser as if you were using you phone. All of them work great with Android phones. This feature is available for Indian users as well, and it displays all the Wi-Fi networks nearby- be it a small store or a big Mall, Wi-Fi networks will be displayed. Supported browsers at launch include Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Microsoft Edge, Google has noted. Once you have all that set, you can continue to the next step. Google then added podcasts to its Google Play Music app back in 2016.

Open the new Messages for web from here. Additionally, in a similar move to Apple's in iOS 12, Android Messages will now identify authentication codes and prompt them as fill-ins when appropriate. When it's ready, your phone will vibrate. You can pair your Messages account on multiple devices, but only one will be active at a time. This is for security reasons. Now on the left hand side of the Android Messages compose bar is a + button that will open up a search for that ideal representation. Not only that, you can also send stickers, emojis, and images. As for the messages pane, this is where you type out and manually send your messages. If you want to access settings, tap the More button in the top corner.

Do note that only the website is now live and the set-up method is yet to be enabled within the mobile app. If you're familiar with WhatsApp Web, this is essentially the equivalent version for SMS.

On your computer, tap More (three vertical dots) Settings. Between what Google knows about you from your search history, combined with the podcasts you're subscribed to, Google is betting its recommendations will be better than other services can offer.

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