Android Messages for Web: Everything You Need to Know

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Android users who favor Android Messages as their default messaging application will be thrilled to hear that Google has begun the rollout of desktop browser support.

Google Product Management Director Sanaz Ahri wrote in a blog post that Messages for Web is one of Google's "top-requested features".

How does Android Messages work on desktop?

Google has released its new Podcasts app globally to the Play Store, giving Android users another option for listening to audio content. At launch, it will support Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Edge. You'll need to open Messages for web on your computer, then scan the QR code there with your phone. You can also send and receive messages as long as both devices are connected to an internet connection. When it's ready, your phone will vibrate. Keep in mind that if people do not use their Messages account for 14 days, they will automatically be signed out.

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Note: Google said your latest conversation threads, contacts, and other settings will be encrypted and cached on your browser. For example, there's no easy way to subscribe to a podcast directly from the recommendations or search pages; instead you have to tap into the podcast page to subscribe. You can also browse existing threads and resume a conversation from this side. Google says that in addition to text, web users can also send stickers, emoji, and attached images. The app will populate a list based on what's popular, too, so if you just want to peruse what's caught the attention of others, that should help with discovery.

The Wi-Fi Map feature shows you all the nearby Wi-Fi network with which you can find the best quality network nearby. Otherwise, the entire website client looks and works very similarly to the mobile app. The service can be setup in a way similar to WhatsApp Web.

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