Android Messages for the web is now live, but rollout for Android is just starting

Android Messages for the web is now live, but rollout for Android is just starting
We've been hearing for a while that Google was planning to expand the Android Messages service and set up a web portal and that website has suddenly gone live for some. However, while the Android Messages web portal is live, the rollout seems to be limited by whether or not users have an updated version of the Android app.

Setting up Android Messages for web looks like it will work just like WhatsApp's web portal: you navigate to the website, then scan a QR code with your phone to establish the connection. Unfortunately, the in-app option to scan that QR code is still in the process of being rolled out to users. According to reports, the update to the Android app is a server-side change for Google, so if you have Android Messages version 3.3.043 you're good to go, but will have to wait for Google to flip the switch for your device before you can use the Messages web portal.

Once you're in, you should have options for a dark mode, in-browser notifications, emoji, stickers, and even keyboard shortcuts. The Android Messages web portal should work in all major browsers, including Chrome, Firefox, Edge, IE, Safari, and Opera. And, you'll be able to decide if you want the browser to remember you or not, in case you want extra security.


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10 Comments

1. piyath

Posts: 2445; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

Let's see how many weeks this system will survive...lol Google is so bad at messaging and Music.

9. japkoslav

Posts: 1511; Member since: Feb 19, 2017

Exactly, that is why I am using on my iPad Hangouts, Discord and Google Music, because Apple apps are the best :'-D

2. GreenMan

Posts: 2697; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

If it relies on cloud based sync then great. But if it needs a constant connection from the phone to sync then... Not so great. But definitely better than nothing! Oh well, G'Day!

3. boucha26

Posts: 50; Member since: Jul 01, 2015

android messages to android messages free with internet like iMessage???? anyone knw please answer....

7. Boast_Rider

Posts: 535; Member since: Sep 14, 2017

Yes. It's based on RCS, which is the successor of SMS. Eventually, Apple will also join in with RCS and we might have a universal messaging service hopefully.

4. imlegitcusimthasht

Posts: 306; Member since: Jan 30, 2017

so what if your phone dies and you're at a library or on a work computer trying to message a few people. A log in like for hangouts would had made more sense

5. bucknassty

Posts: 1345; Member since: Mar 24, 2017

WHAT WAS WRONG WITH HANGOUTS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! besides the stupid name

6. CEDEOTB

Posts: 419; Member since: Nov 21, 2016

So it has RCS support? They should also build in all of Allo and Duo's capabilities.

8. Boast_Rider

Posts: 535; Member since: Sep 14, 2017

Yes, this is the one which Google was hyping up, i.e it has RCS.

10. japkoslav

Posts: 1511; Member since: Feb 19, 2017

Sadly not yet available in my country. Web works, but app does not have "scan QR code" function :(

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