You can now email, text, and voice call people using Android Messages on your computer.
How to text from your computer with Android Messages
Get the password to add your computer to a text thread, add in a photo from your webcam, and more.
Android Messages’ web counterpart is coming soon to Google’s web browser so you can continue your text threads on the go. If you’re unsure how to get started, read on for step-by-step instructions. You will need to be using Chrome, MacOS, or Windows (for Windows versions).
How to Get the Password
There is a password link in the drafts area of the editor. Tap that link and enter your desktop number. Apple has new features in place for being less locked down with their operating systems. In an earlier version of the ProTips, we covered these tactics and found that they were very good. In both Android Messages and Apple Messages for iOS, your login information is always stored on your phone. So, you won’t ever have to worry about having a misplaced password saved on your phone. The same goes for Google’s web-based version. It is able to store your login information as well.
Once you’ve entered your password, you’ll receive an SMS notification. If you’re concerned about hacking, you can click on the number, and you’ll be taken to a secure area on your phone. There you’ll see everything you need. From there, you can navigate to the code, as you can, in your ProTips. Once you get to this area, you will see a printout that reads “MY SECURITY HIDDEN FROM YOU BY ANY MEANS”. There you will be able to make some changes before you tap “MAKE CHANGE” on the screen.
Your settings are secure and will not be shared or downloaded from the web-based version. For more information, be sure to read our tips on how to use Gmail’s similar feature.
Steps for Add Photos and Webcam Objects
You can add photos and other objects to your messages by using the File menu and pressing Shift+C (or Command+C or Shift+C) when you’re in a conversation. This will allow you to select each object as you type using your keyboard. You will notice that text surrounding the object is also relevant to what you’re writing about. For example, there’s a small line above your browser icon that says “My Profile Picture” or “Our Conversations.”
With these tools, you can share your profile picture or even your webcam photo, as well as link to your Google Photos when you attach a photo, which is usually the easiest and most immediate way to share. By sharing your webcam photo, you’ll be able to continue a conversation right from your phone. You can also share the link or web link for your URL, which you can see on the right of the object below.
While Android Messages is currently capable of handling URLs in both its web browser and SMS interface, this web side experience is only available to the desktop version of the app. For a cross-platform, cross-platform experience, Android Messages for iOS still uses SMS protocol. If you use a Mac, for example, your experience with Android Messages web will be the same as your iOS counterpart.
Now that you know how to send a message from your phone to your computer, the first step is to get started with the web version. All of the settings you should have on your phone can be found in your ProTips and the steps below.
1. Open your phone’s inbox.
2. Tap the banner that says “READ MORE!” Tap on the Settings button next to that banner.
3. Tap the Add Your Computer button at the bottom of the page.
4. The next screen will ask you to log in. It doesn’t matter if you are on a Mac or a PC. As long as you are on a computer, it will be updated.
5. You will see a message next to this screen. Tap on “Add Your Computer” and you will see a pop-up that will ask you to enter your login information, your password, and your Gmail password. You will also need to make an SMS on your phone in order to pick up. If you don’t have Gmail on your phone, you will have to sign into your other email accounts such as your Dropbox and Flickr accounts.
6. You should have new interaction with the chat boxes that will let you request chat times and specify the camera images you would like to share.