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One of the best things about having an iPhone and a Macbook or an iPad, has always been the ease of receiving and sending text messages from any device. Missing messages or having your messages go unanswered until hours later because you were on your computer and hadn’t checked your phone in hours can be a serious nuisance and distraction. However, constantly checking your phone to make sure you haven’t missed anything important can be equally as distracting. If you’re an Android user, and you’re wondering if and how Android users can text on a computer, you’re in the right place! Not too long ago, Google introduced the ability to text from the web with Android Messages.

After just a few simple steps you can stay up-to-date with your messages, without getting off task and checking your phone. As demoed in our How to Use the Internet Series: How Android users can text on a computer, here is our step by step process to help all you Android users text on a computer.

How Android users can text on a computer

To begin, head over to Google and type in in the URL bar. 

How Android users can text on a computer
Android users, learn how to stay up-to-date with your messages

This will take you to their homepage and prompt you to take the following steps:

  1. Check that you have Messages by Google
  2. On your phone, open Messages
  3. Tap More and select "Messages for web"
  4. Scan the code with your phone

Go into your text app, click on the 3 dots for the settings and select the option for messages for web. Click the option. It will then ask you to click on the QR code scanner. Hold it up to the computer so that it scans. Once it has finished scanning, it will direct you to a new page where you can receive and send messages right from your computer

Android users can text on a computer
Text from the web with Android Messages

If you choose to remember this computer, your phone will remain paired with your computer and you will not need to scan the QR code scanner every time you sign in. And there you have it! You’ve got the inside scoop on how Android users can text on a computer.

Want to learn more tips and tricks? Check out the rest of our How to Use the Internet Series. This YouTube series of short video demonstrations are designed to teach users various online skills through visual storytelling, like creating GIFs, how to embed image in email, and more. Whether you are an office worker that needs help with Slack or you’re teaching your parents about their new Android phone, we've got you covered!

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