Message to Anyone from Your PC or Laptop using a Browser
If you are looking for an easy way to message your phone contacts or any mobile number using your laptop or PC, here is a quick tutorial for you.
Google has recently, updated the messaging App and now it comes with support for web messaging which is similar to using the WhatsApp from your PC or laptop.
It is very convenient to use messaging service from laptop since you don’t need to pick up your phone to reply to urgent messages while you are in the middle of doing some important work. Additionally, there is the advantage of faster typing on the full keyboard.
Also, if you have an Android Phone and want to send messages using your iMac or MacBook the below tutorial will also work for you.
So, without further ado, let me share with you a step by step guide on how to message using your PC or Laptop.
Easily Message from Any Desktop Browser: Tutorial
Install the Android Messaging App on your phone. Link to Download from Playstore.
Note – Most stock Android devices have this App but if you are using phones from brands like Samsung, you will need to download this Android Messaging App.
Install the App and it will ask you to make it the default. Do as shown on the screen on your mobile and switch to the Android Messaging App from your existing App. Don’t worry you will not lose any of your old messages. The App will copy all the old messages and will show it in the Android Messaging App.
Once you have completed the step 1 or if you already have the Android Messaging App, proceed to step 2.
Head over to the website – Android Messages (click here), using Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, IE or Opera whichever browser you wish to use for sending and receiving messages on the web.
You will see the image as shown below.
Next, open the Android Messaging App on your phone and click on the 3 dots (on top right) and select the “Messages for Web”. This will open the camera App and next you need to scan the QR code from your desktop/laptop and start using the messaging service in the browser.
Lastly, the messages come with support for sending stickers and emojis, which is now easier with the desktop messaging service from Google.
Concerns With Android Messaging on Desktop
But first, let me share some of my concerns with the service. It is not at all different to the Facebook messenger or WhatsApp that you can use on your desktop or mobile. The problems are in case you log into any laptop for the messaging service and later on the machine is used by someone else you can have security issues related to banking.
With most banking or monetary transactions, there is always an OTP sent to your registered mobile number when you do any transaction. Now if some of the passwords are stored in your browser for the bank login and third party transfers.
The OTP will also come to the browser-based messaging service and if someone by mistake has access to your laptop or if it is stolen this can be misused.
Safety Tips When Using Android Messanger
So the best way to prevent this is either not to use the service on a Laptop which others are also accessing.
Secondly, as mentioned above there is an option to “remember this computer”. Only enable this when you are using your own personal computer, otherwise, someone else can also have access to your messages.
If you agree with the concern or the safety tips shared by me, please share with your Friends so that they are not duped while using the Android messaging on any public device.
Also, Mac already has this App in the OSX and you can use the iMessage App to send messages from your MacBook or iMac if you are using an iPhone. (iPhone users can use this tutorial to setup iMessage App using the App Store to send messages.
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