Google on Monday announced that it will be rolling out Messages for the web, allowing users to send and receive text as well as RCS (Rich Communication Services) messages from their computers. Users need to update the Android Messages app to the latest version in order to avail the feature.
If you head to messages.android.com, you’ll see a new website with a large bit of text saying you can “Text on your computer with Messages for web.” There’s a QR code to the right of this and instructions for scanning it through the Android Messages app on your phone.
To get started, you have to tap the three dots at the top right and tap the new “Messages for web” option. If you don’t see that in your app quite yet, Google says it’s rolling it out to users starting today and over this coming week.
While announcing Messages for Web as a brand-new feature for Android Messages, Google had mentioned that text, images, and stickers are all supported on the new Web version. This is also Google’s first major step toward “Chat”, the company’s addition of Rich Communication Services (RCS) inside Android Messages.
Android Messages website is supported on Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Safari, or Microsoft Edge browsers. Though users can pair their Messages account on multiple devices, only one will be active at a time, as per a Google support page.