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Android Messages for web

Google Messages app of Android increased its support from Android device to Web platform. Yes, you can now view/send text messages on/from a web platform using Google's messaging service called "Android Messages for web."

The Google Messages for web service makes it easier for you to chat or do and receive messages with/from your friends, and family, straight from/to your computer using a web browser without downloading any additional application on your PC. Google Messages for the web is simple to use, and it synchs all your messages from the Messages app.

Android Messages for web

"Messages for web" is the messaging service started from Google that syncs with the Messages app of Android phone. It is similar to Apple's iCloud messaging service. It allows you to send and receive any type of messages (text, audio, and video) in the browser, even on a non-Android device like a PC.

When you hear about Google Messages for the web, you might be curious to know what it is, its purpose, and how to use it. You will know all your answers about the "Google Messages for web" in this article.

Which Android devices support Google Messages for the Web?

Google Messages for the web supports most Android smartphones but not all. You can use Google Messages for the web on Android version 5.0 (Lollipop) or higher devices. If you need help determining which Android OS version you are using, check out what version of Android you have.

"Google Messages for web" actively support web browsers, including Google Chrome, Safari, Microsoft Edge, and Mozilla's Firefox. Besides all these things, the Google Messages app is unavailable for iOS devices, but you can use Google Messages for the web on your iOS devices.

What are the requirements and limitations to using Google Messages for Web

Before you get started with Google Messages for the web, check out its requirements and limitations. Once you know the essential requirements of using Google Messages for the web and its limitation, you will continue without any problem.

Like most applications and software, Google Messages for the web needs some essential requirements to use the Messages app.

  • As mentioned above, the first requirement is your device must be running on Android 5.0 (Lollipop) or a higher version.
  • Use the updated version of the Messages app on your Android smartphone. If you don't have one, update your app to the latest version for convenient use.
  • You must have a stable data connection or Wi-Fi network to connect your phone to your PC.

Some of the limitations of Google Messages for web to use with the Messages mobile app are:

  • If you don't have an internet connection or it gets down, you can't be able to chat or use Google Messages for the web.
  • Another pitfall of using Google Messages for the web browser is that it has only one active conversation session at a time. If you have also linked the Messages app on another PC, you can keep it on one PC device as active rest of the other get inactive.

These are the only downside we found while using Google Messages for the web.

How to start sending texts from your PC with Android's default Messages App

Once you are done with setting up Google Messages for web and Android Messages apps, you can start sending and receiving text messages from your computer without picking up the phone. Google Messages for the web is simple: synch your Messages app to send and read messages.

How to set up "Android Messages for web" on PC

You have to link Android Messages app of your phone and your web browser on computer to get start with Android "Messages for web." It will take few minutes to set up Android Messages for the web. Follow the below-given steps for it:

  1. Launch the Message app (Google Message app) on your Android smartphone and click on the menu option (three dots).
  2. Now click on the Messages for web
  3. On your PC, open your favorite browser and visit "".
    Android Messages for web
  4. On your Android phone, tap on the QR code scanner and now bring the phone's camera near the web page's QR code to scan. When scanning completed, your phone will vibrate.
    Android Messages for web

Now, your phone's Android Messages app is successfully connected (or linked) with the "Messages for web" of your PC browser. After few seconds, you will see all the messages of your Messages app are synced and appear on a webpage with messaging interface.

How to use Android Messages for web

Once you link your phone messages with a web browser, there is no difficulty to use "Messages" over the web. All your messages are synced to the web, and you can continue from the existing chat and start a new conversation from there.

Always keep your phone power on

The application Android Messages for Web cannot work separately from your phone. So, if your phone shuts down or the battery goes down for any reason, you cannot send any messages from your computer.

Few tips and features that you can use to start Android Messages for the web:

If you prefer to use "Messages for web" for texting regularly, you can set "Messages for web" to remember this browser. You can do this by enabling (ON) the toggle button "Remember this computer" just below the web QR code. You can also set this setting by clicking "Yes" when a pop-up screen appears with the message "Remember this Computer?" Another way to enable this feature by clicking the menu option (three-dots) left of the conversation screen and click on "Settings." On the Settings page, allow the "Remember this computer" by swiping the toggle button to the right.

Android Messages for web

Archive, Block, or Mute conversation

You can also perform various tasks such as archived conversation, delete a conversation, block any contact, and mute conversation. Move your mouse over the chat available at the left of the panel and then go to the menu (three dots) options; now select the option you want to perform.

Copy and Delete conversation

"Message for web" also allows copying and deleting some particular parts of your text conversation. Move your mouse over the text that you want to copy or delete, click on the three dots that appear on the right, and choose an action you want to perform.

Dark mode settings

The white and light gray screen might be overload to eyes at night. If you prefer to use a black screen with white text at night, go for dark mode. To apply a dark mode theme screen on a web app, click on the menu (three dots) at the left pane of the screen, and from the various option, choose "Enable dark theme."

Attach or drag media into your messages conversation

"Android Messages for web" also allows sending media files in the discussion, and it is pretty straightforward. You can either use attach icon or simply drag and drop the media file into the conversation screen to send as an MMS.

Changing General Settings

  • Click on the menu option (three-dots) present at the top-left side of the screen's panel.
  • You will see a list of options inside the context menu; select the Settings option from there.
  • If you want to turn off notifications, disable the toggle button next to the Notification
  • Keep in mind; you can't use dark theme mode and high contrast mode simultaneously. So if you want to use high contrast mode, you have to disable the dark theme and then toggle on (enable) near the High contrast mode option.
Android Messages for web

You can only one active session at a time

If you have more than one computer, keep in mind that you can use only one of them at a time with Messages for web service. If a session of using messages for the web is active on another computer, it gives you a notification. Perhaps, you can easily switch between the web browser back and front by clicking the "Use Here" button in the pop-up notification.

How to Unpair Google Messages for Web

If you no longer need to use Messages for the web to read and send messages, you can unpair your phone Messages app. You can do this from your mobile Messages app or Messages for web browser link using your PC.

Keep in mind that different versions of Messages for the web have different settings to unpair your phone's Messages app for PC. Also, some version represents settings with a logout option.

First, we have mentioned how you can unpair your Google Messages app using an Android phone:

Unpair Google Messages on Android

  1. Launch the Messages app on your phone and tap the menu option (three vertical dots) at the upper right.
  2. From the available options, select Device Pairing.
  3. On the next screen, select a device you want to unpair your Messages app.
  4. Next, tap on the X icon adjacent to the device name you want to unpair and confirm your action by tapping on Unpair when the screen prompts.
  5. Another alternate option is to select Unpair all devices, and it will unpair or disconnect all the devices linked with your phone's Messages app.
    Android Messages for web

Unpair Google Messages on PC

You can also unpair and stop using Messages for web from your computer by disconnecting Google Messages for web:

  1. Using the browser, visit the "Google Messages for Web" site.
  2. Click on the menu (three vertical dots) option at the left panel and select Unpair. If a screen pops up, click Unpair.
    Android Messages for web

Sign out of Messages for Web

Signing out your Messages account keeps your account safe from other people. They can't see your sensitive information and personal details.

On a computer

If you are using Messages for Web on a public or shared computer, sign out when you complete your conversation or leave it.

  1. Open your computer and visit Messages for Web.
  2. At the top left of the screen, click the More menu (three vertical dots) and tap on Sign out (Unpair).

On your Android phone

  1. On your Android smartphone, launch the Messages app.
  2. At the top left of the screen, click the More menu (three vertical dots) and go to option Message for Web.
  3. Select the device form where you want to sign out:
    • Sign out from a single computer: Next to your device, from which you want to disconnect, click on Delete and then Sign out.
    • Sign out from all computers: Click on Sign out of all computers.

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