Android Messages for web now officially rolling out to all users

Here's how to use Android Messages on computer

With the new Android Messages for Web app, you'll be able to sync your smartphone to any laptop with a browser and send and receive messages as long as both the phone and laptop have a wifi or data collection.

The highly requested feature is rolling out now; to try it out, open the Android Messages app on your phone, tap the more options menu () select "Messages for web", and follow the on-screen instructions. Major chat platforms like iMessage and Facebook Messenger, of course, have desktop versions, so it's a no-brainer that Google needed to add desktop support as well. Then, scan the QR code shown on the Messages for web page.

To get started sending texts via desktop, head to messages.android.com on your desktop browser.

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It's not the only change to Messages today, mind. There's also a Smart Reply feature, with suggested responses that will vary according to the contents of the last message you received. It's the worst thing ever if you are an impatient techy like we are, but that's how Google rolls. While all of the above are already available in Apple's iMessage system, one addition is not: copying one-time passwords with a single tap is now possible in Android.

Also arriving in Android Messages this week is GIF search, accessible by hitting the '+' button on the left hand side of the compose bar, which will then let you search for GIFs for your conversation.

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