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Android Messages Just Got More Fun!

Got something to say? Express it with Message for web (and kaomoji!) 

Apple fans are so loyal, in part, because it’s easy to use iMessages on multiple Apple devices. They show up handily throughout the Apple ecosystem via iCloud. Android users have been missing this multi-screen texting ease—until now, that is!

Messages for web

We wrote here about an Android-powered app that makes working with multiple devices much easier. With AirDroid, you can sync up multiple devices to display activity—like text messages—on your computer or tablet screen.

Now, with Android phones, you don’t need an extra app for that. They’ve added a Messages for web feature right in the native Messages app.

Check it out:

In the Messages app, go to settings (the stacked dots in the upper right of your screen.) Select Messages for web from the list.

A screen will appear, telling you to go to https://messages.android.com on your computer.

When you do, a QR code will appear onscreen. All you have to do is scan the code with your smartphone, and your text messages appear on the computer.

Since you already (probably) get your emails on your computer, getting your texts there, too, means less juggling between devices to communicate.

messages for web screen shot

Easter Eggs

In case you need another reason to use Messages for web, try this! Just type a forward slash with the magic phrase behind it and something called kaomoji (a Japanese emoticon made of a series of simplistic icons) pops up. Here’s a list we found:

• /shrug or /shruggie — ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
• /sunglasses or /dealwithit — ( •_•) ( •_•)>⌐■-■ (⌐■_■)
• /tableflip — (╯°□°)╯︵ ┻━┻
• /tableback — ┬─┬ ノ( ゜-゜ノ
• /that — (☞゚ヮ゚)☞
• /this — ☜(゚ヮ゚☜)
• /wizard — (∩ ` -´)⊃━━☆゚.*・。゚
• /yuno — ლ(ಠ益ಠლ)
• /success — (•̀ᴗ•́)و ̑̑
• /happy — ᕕ( ᐛ )ᕗ
• /facepalm— (-‸ლ)
• /disapprove — ಠ_ಠ
• /algebraic — | ( •◡•)| (❍ᴥ❍ʋ)
• /praisethesun — \`[-|-]/

You can also add stickers, regular Android emojis and attach pictures—much like Android Messages—through Messages for web.

These kaomoji shortcuts work on Google Hangouts, too!

And, hey—if you’re a loyal iPhone user, and you want to see what the fuss is about, download Android Messages, by Google LLC, from the app store. Oh, and while most Android users will have the Messages for web feature already locked and loaded, a few may also need to download the Android Messages app from Google Play.