How to send text messages from your PC with Android Messages

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Smartphone keyboards are trifling, making it strenuous for a long text conversation. This is the reason why WhatsApp Web has become quite famous among smartphone users. Most people usually sit around PCs and laptops for a major portion of the day. So, having a web interface of your favourite app service is a blessing. Google has been neglecting this feature for a long time until recently when it finally announced a free web client for the Android Messages app. This new feature enables the users to send text messages from your PC.

For the uninitiated, Android Messages is Google’s SMS/RCS chat client for Android devices. Google made several unsuccessful attempts with apps like Allo and Duo but we finally think that they are focussing on a single powerful messaging app. However, the announcement was not quite a surprise as we have heard multiple rumours earlier this year that something like this is on the table. Since this is a web client, you can use Android Messages on any browsers with notification capabilities like Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Opera etc…

The design of the web client looks almost similar to the Android Messages on your device, except being larger on a computer screen. It’s minimal with a beautifully laid out material design interface. You can send emojis, upload images and switch between a light and dark theme. We’ve listed some of the features of the latest Android Messages update, you can check them out below.

Android Messages for Web Features

  • Works on most desktop browsers like Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Microsoft Edge, Apple Safari, and Opera.
  • Works via WiFi or mobile data.
  • Send text messages to all of your existing contacts and get alerts for new messages.
  • See message content in notifications on your PC.
  • Dark theme & high contrast modes are available for better usage.
  • Keep the PC synced with your phone so you won’t have to scan a QR code every time.
  • If the phone is using mobile data, the web client can warn about data usage so that you won’t go beyond your data limit.
  • Many keyboard shortcuts are available for ease of use.

How to use Android Messages for Web

The Android Messages web client features are slowly rolling out around the world. Not all Android users were able to see this feature on their devices. So, we’ve included a workaround to get it working on all devices and your device needs to be rooted for that.

  1. Download the latest version of the Android Messages app on your Android device. The latest version is 3.3.043 and it includes the web client support.
  2. Now open the app, tap on the three-dot menu located in the top right corner.
  3. Select Messages for Web.
  4. Tap Scan QR code.
  5. On your web browser, go to Android Messages web portal – Portal Link.
  6. In the Android Messages web portal, toggle Remember this Computer if you use that PC often, else disable it for security purpose.
  7. Now scan the QR code on your PC using the QR code scanner on your phone.
  8. After scanning the code, you will be connected to your laptop or desktop. Then you should be seeing a notification that says ‘Connected to Messages for web’ if successful.
  9. In the app, you’ll see a list of signed-in computers in the settings.
  10. You can now send text messages from your desktop or laptop PC.

How to Enable Android Messages for Web [Root Required]

Android Messages for Web is rolling to all users in the world in phases, so chances are you didn’t yet receive the update. However, you can get the taste of this feature through a simple workaround but this requires root privileges on your device. Follow the below process to enable Android Messages for Web on your device.

Downloads

  • Preferences Manager app: It is used to modify the existing app preferences and also enable the things which the app doesn’t even allow.
    Preferences Manager
    Price: Free
  • Termux app: It is a terminal emulator app to run commands on your phone.
    Termux
    Price: Free

Procedure:

  1. Install the Preferences Manager app. Open the app and grant the root access permission.
  2. Click on the three-dot menu on the top-right corner and select show system apps.
  3. Find the Android Messages app and click on it. Also, make sure to force stop the Android Messages app before-hand.
  4. Swipe right until you find PhenotypePrefs.xml.
  5. Search for ‘Multi’ and then change the two preferences shown below from false to true.
  6. Search again for ‘override’ and change the two preferences that appear to true.
  7. Install and open the Termux app and enter the following commands one by one. You’ll need to provide root access to the Termux app after executing the “su” command.
    su
    am start -n com.google.android.apps.messaging/com.google.android.apps.messaging.ui.ditto.DittoActivity
  8. This will launch the Messages for web section of the Android Messages app.
  9. Next, you can follow the procedure mentioned above to connect to the web client.

That’s all. Now you can send text messages on your PC using Android Messages for Web feature.

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