Text messages used to be the de fact text-based communication we'd use on our cell phones. At some point, after fast wireless data became much more widespread and affordable, we started moving around to other options. There's Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, iMessage, WeChat and so many others. SMS is catching up with more RCS (rich communication services) support and Android Messages is coming to a desktop browser near you too.

Up until now, for the most part, your text messages have lived on your cell phone without a direct capability for you to read and write them from your computer. That's why so many people, myself included, turned to alternatives.

With the upcoming update to Android Messages, we'll finally get that desktop support with Google account linking. Based on what the folks at XDA Developers have uncovered, linking your Google account in Android Messages 2.9 (and beyond) consists of scanning a QR code.

Just like how WhatsApp Web works.

You simply navigate through the settings in Android Messages on your phone, open up messages.android.com on your computer (which currently shows up as a 404), scan the QR code on your computer using your phone, and voila. You're connected.


From what XDA can see, the new Android Messages for Web should support all major desktop browsers, including Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Edge and Opera. The feature isn't working just yet, but it looks like most of the pieces are already in place. Check out the post on XDA Dev for more screenshots of how this is all going to look.

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