In this guide we’ll show you how to quickly and easily send and receive texts from your computer on Android. This works on any PC, laptop, Mac or iPad, and you can text friends with an iPhone too.
After years of waiting and watching iPhone friends do it, Google finally added a way for users to natively text from a computer with Android. This way you can continue a conversation anywhere, or easily reply to a message with your work laptop.
While there are a couple of ways to text from a PC or Android tablet, this new method uses Google’s own Android Messages app. So, here’s how to download and setup Android Messages for the web.
How to Text from a Computer with Android Messages
- Download and open Google’s latest Android Messages app
- Select the “Try it” notification on the bottom, or go to https://messages.android.com on your computer (or the device you want to text with)
- Tap the 3-dots menu button at the top right and choose Messages for Web
- Tap Scan QR Code on your phone, then scan the QR code you see on the computer or laptop
After you scan the code your phone will vibrate and you’re all set. Android Messages just paired to your phone to a computer, laptop, or even an iPad. Now, you’re ready to text from a computer with Android on the web. You can send messages, emojis, stickers and more. Remember, this only works with Google’s Android Messages, and not 3rd party apps or pre-installed ones like Samsung’s text app. Here’s how to change your text app to Google’s.
You’ll see all of your conversations on the left side of your browser or computer window, just like you see them on your Android smartphone. As a quick tip, Google recommends using WiFi for better performance, battery life, and faster messages. And yes, you have to keep your phone turned on for this to work.
Before you start sending messages and emojis from your PC, head into Settings on the Android Messages website. This is where you can enable or disable notifications on your computer, see message preview popups, try a dark theme, and a few other options. Basically, fine-tune the experience before you begin.
Browsers to Text from a Computer on Android?
So far, Google’s new Android Messages web client works on all the big browsers. This way it doesn’t matter what computer, Surface Pro, laptop, or iPad you’re on, as long as you have a supported browser.
- Google Chrome
- Microsoft Edge
Basically, you go to Android Messages site with any of these browsers, scan the QR code, and start sending messages from a device that isn’t your smartphone.
How to Clear the “Connected to a Computer” Notification on Android
After using my Mac to text on Android for the last little while, I noticed a persistent notification in Android Messages saying that I’m connected to a computer. It’s rather irritating, and here’s how to turn it off.
- In Android Messages tap the 3-dots menu button in the corner
- Select Messages for Web
- Tap those 3-dots in the corner again
- Hit Notifications and uncheck the “Show Persistent Notification” switch
Now, you’ll be able to enjoy sending and receiving messages from Android on a computer with ease, without seeing that notification nonstop.
How to Remove a Computers Access to Android Messages?
Whether you’re texting from your work computer and want to remove access and delete all of your messages, or just decided this feature isn’t for you, here’s how to revoke access. This basically removes all of your messages from a computer or browser.
- Open Android Messages and tap the 3-dots menu button in the corner
- Select Messages for Web
- Near the bottom, you’ll see “Signed in Computers”
- Click the X to remove access to a computer
- Or, tap Sign Out All Computers to clear everything
Now that you know all about Android Messages for the web, you’re all set. Start sending and receiving text messages from any computer or select other mobile devices with Android. This is a feature we’ve needed for a long time, and it’s finally here in a clean and easy to understand fashion.