There are various third-party solutions that allow you to read SMS on an Android phone from a computer or laptop, as well as send them, for example, an Android AirDroid remote control application . However, recently there has appeared an official way to send and read SMS messages on your computer using a service from Google.
This simple instruction details how to use the Android Messages web service to conveniently work with messages on your Android smartphone from a computer with any operating system. If you have the latest version of Windows 10 installed, there is another option for sending and reading messages - the built-in “Your Phone” application .
Using Android Messages to read and send SMS
In order to use sending messages “through” an Android phone from a computer or laptop you will need:
- The Android smartphone itself, which must be connected to the Internet, and on it is one of the latest versions of the original “Messages” application from Google.
- The computer or laptop from which actions will be performed, also connected to the Internet. However, there is no mandatory requirement that both devices are connected to the same Wi-Fi network.
If the conditions are met, then the next steps will be as follows
- In any browser on your computer, go to https://messages.android.com/ (no login with a Google account is required). The page will display a QR code, which will be required later.
- On the phone, launch the “Messages” application, click on the menu button (three dots in the upper right) and click on “Web version of Messages”. Click “Scan QR code” and scan the QR code presented on the site using your phone’s camera.
- After a short time, a connection will be established with your phone and the browser will open a message interface with all the messages already on the phone, the ability to receive and send new messages.
- Note: messages are sent exactly through your phone, i.e. if the operator charges a fee for them, then they will remain paid despite the fact that you are working with SMS from a computer.
If desired, in the first step, under the QR code, you can enable the “Remember this computer” switch so as not to scan the code every time. Moreover, if all this was done on a laptop, which is always with you, and you accidentally forgot your phone at home, you will still have the opportunity to receive and send messages.
In general, it is very convenient, simple and does not require any additional tools and applications from third-party developers. If working with SMS from a computer is relevant for you, I recommend it.