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Google brings Android to messages on the web

A 3D printed Android logo is shown in front of a cyber-code in this image is 22 March 2016. REUTERS/dado Ruvic/Illustration – RTSBS6B

Google is the placing of Messages on the web, so you can send and receive texts from your computer.

The much requested feature is the roll-out of now; to try it out, open the Android Messaging app on your phone, tap the more options menu (), select “Messages for the internet” and follow the instructions on the screen. You need to open Messages for a website on your computer, scan the QR code with your phone.

“On the Messages for the website, you can send stickers, emoji, and add images in addition to sending text,” Google Product Management Director Sanaz Ahari wrote in a blog post.

In this support document, Google notes that the Messages for the web “sends SMS messages using a connection from your computer to your phone, so carrier charges will apply, just like on the mobile app.” To avoid getting charged for data while using this feature, you must connect your phone to a Wi-Fi.

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The web client works with Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Apple Safari, and Microsoft Edge, but not in Internet Explorer. Google says “your last call, discussions, contacts, and other settings are encrypted and stored in the cache memory of your browser.”

Google has also announced a number of other features that make the head to the Messages app for the next week, including GIF search, Smart Answers, preview links within your conversations, and the ability to copy one-time passwords with one tap, for faster verification. To access the new GIF search tool, tap on the + button on the left side of the drawing-up of the bar. Smart Answers makes use of machine learning to the craft of the possible answers on your messages.

This article originally appeared on PCMag.com.

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