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Google rolls out Android Messages support for Chromebooks and web browsers

This doesn’t quite look like the “Better Together” service I reported on earlier in the month, however, Google announced Android Messages support for the web today. The feature will allow Chromebook users and those on desktops send, receive, and reply to messages directly in the browser.


While the official site of is live and has a QR code for setup scanning is live, you’ll need a new version of Messages on your Android device to use it. At the moment, my Pixel XL doesn’t have the updated app to support this, so I can’t test it just yet. I’ll try it and update this post once I get the newer Messages app version. Google says the feature is rolling out this week and also supports sending emoji, stickers and file attachments from the web.

Other features in the new Messages app for Android include GIF searches, Smart Reply, link previews and a way to copy one-time passwords to reduce input for two-factor authentication. Note that this functionality is solely for Android users since Google doesn’t have a version of Messages for iOS devices. It might be time to start using my Pixel XL more since it will integrate texts with my Pixelbook!

About the author

Kevin C. Tofel has covered technology since 2004. He's used ChromeOS since Google debuted the CR-48 in 2010, reviewing dozens of Chromebooks since then. He worked for Google's Chrome Enterprise team from 2016 to 2017, supporting the launch of Android app support. In his free time, he uses Chromebooks to learn software engineering at Launch School. In 2019, Kevin joined the CS Curriculum Committee at his local community college.

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4 thoughts on “Google rolls out Android Messages support for Chromebooks and web browsers

    1. I can see the webpage, but no settings enabled in the app. Seems like only people with root access to their phones can enable it at this stage.

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