How to use Google Messages for the web

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Google Messages for the web makes it easier for you to chat with family and friends on your computer without downloading an additional app. The web application is simple to use and has a low barrier to entry. If you’ve come across Google Messages for the web and wondering what it is, its purpose, and how to use it, you’ve come to the right place.

Here’s a complete guide to Google Messages for the web.

What is Google Messages for the web?

Google Messages for Web is a web application that allows Android users to chat with friends, family, colleagues, etc., directly on a computer in a web browser. It gives you a complete view of all your messages on Google’s Messages mobile app.

Simply put, Google Messages for the web is a browser-based version of your regular Messages app, but with some limitations.


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Google Messages for the web lets you link your Messages mobile app, which lets you text from your desktop or laptop through your phone. As with the standard app, carrier charges apply when sending a message using Google Messages for the web.

The only difference is that you are using a connection between your computer and your phone. However, if both you and the recipient have RCS enabled, you can bypass the charge since you’ll only be using an internet connection to send and receive messages.

Related: What is RCS messaging on Android and how to use it?

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What devices does Google Messages for the web support?

Google Messages for the web supports a wide range of Android devices, but not all. As long as your phone is running Android 5.0 and above, you can use Google Messages for the web. Here’s a guide on how to check your version of Android if you’re not sure what you’re using.

Although the Google Messages app is not available on iOS devices, you can use the app on your iOS devices using Google Messages for web.

How to use Google Messages for the web

Google Messages for the web is easy to use. Once you’ve installed the latest version of the app, follow these steps to start sending messages from your computer to Google Messages for the web:

  1. On your computer, navigate to the Google Messages for web page through a web browser.
  2. Open Messages on your Android phone.
  3. Tap the three-dot menu in the top right and select Pairing devices.
  4. Press the QR code reader and point your camera at the QR code displayed by Google Messages for the web. This will instantly link your Messages app to Google Messages for the web. You can connect multiple computers simultaneously, but you can only use one at a time.
  5. If you want the two to pair automatically next time, click the button next to Remember this computer.


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Once successfully paired, you can start texting through Google Messages for the web.

How to Unlink Google Messages for Web

If you no longer want to send messages via the web, you can unlink your Messages app. You can do this from your Android phone or directly through Google Messages for the web on your computer. We will first show you how to do it via Android.

Unlink Google Messages on Android

  1. Open the Messages app and tap the three-dot menu at the top right.
  2. To select Pairing devices.
  3. On the next page, select a specific device to unpair. Press the X next to the device you want to disconnect and confirm by selecting Ungroup when prompted.
  4. You can also disconnect all devices by choosing Unpair all devices.

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Unlink Google messages from your computer

The procedure is as follows if you don’t want to pick up your phone to disconnect Google Messages for the web:

  1. Go to the Google Messages for web site.
  2. Select the three-dot menu and click Ungroup > Ungroup.

Unlinking from Google Messages for web

Requirements and limitations of Google Messages for the web

Like most software, Google Messages for the web has certain requirements that must be met in order to use the app. First of all, as mentioned above, your Android phone must be running at least Android 5.0. The second requirement for using Google Messages for the web is the latest version of the Messages mobile app. So update your Google Messages app first.

Third, you must have Wi-Fi or a data connection. Since Google Messages for the web connects your computer to your mobile app via an internet connection, an internet connection is a must. So, if that connection drops, you can’t continue chatting with Google Messages for web. This is the app’s biggest limitation.

Related: How to star important messages in Google Messages

Another limitation of using Google Messages in a browser is that you can only have active conversations on one tab at a time. If you’ve linked your Messages app to Google Messages for the web on different devices, you can only use one to chat at a time. The rest will be inactive.

Google Messages for the web also only supports a handful of web browsers, including Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Safari, and Microsoft Edge.

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Google Messages for the web is convenient, letting you stay in touch with friends and family without picking up your phone. Although the app has its limitations, you cannot overlook the added convenience it brings to our lives. It is simple to use and you will be up to date by following the instructions above.


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