Google allows Android users to check messages on a computer. It will work quite similar to Whatsapp on a desktop. You can chat with your friends through Messages for web which shows all threads on your Messages mobile app. Messages for web sends SMS messages using a valid internet connection from your computer to your phone which means that carrier fees will apply, just like on the mobile app.

Those who are using Whatsapp on a desktop are already familiar with the process. Interestingly Microsoft also has similar plans and even talked about it at its developer event, Build 2018. The Redmond giant is still making progress and perhaps will launch the feature with the launch of Redstone 5 whereas Google’s attempt is tangible and just a few steps away to get a hands on.

How to set up Messages for web

  • On your phone, open Messages.
  • Tap More Moreand then Messages for web.
  • On your computer, open Messages for web in a browser, like Chrome, Safari and Microsoft Edge.
  • Optional: To sign in to Messages for web automatically next time, check the box “Remember this computer.” If you don’t check the box, you can tap More Moreand then Settings and toggle on Remember this device after you log in.
  • Using your phone, tap Scan QR code and hold your phone up to the QR code on the web page. When it’s ready, your phone will vibrate.

Note: If you don’t use your Messages account for 14 days, you will automatically be signed out for security purposes. Internet Explorer will not be able to take advantage of the feature.