What is the Google Messages app

Google Messages: Your SMS / Messages in the App and on the Web (The Great Tutorial)

You can easily view and send your SMS and MMS on your Android smartphone with the Google Messages app. In this article I will explain everything you can do with this alternative to your standard SMS app and what great advantages Google Messages has.

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First, let's take a look at how you can set up the app and how it's structured. Then I'll show you how you can send messages and what is possible in a chat. We also look at how you can easily see and manage your messages on the web. Finally, we will go into how you can interact with different shops via the app and take a look at the settings.

1. Set up

You can easily download the app from this link. The app is only available in the Play Store for Android devices. If you have the app, you can use it all on the web, but we'll get to that later. If you have successfully installed the app, you should be able to use the app directly after confirming the authorization that the app is allowed to manage your SMS.

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2. Surface

The surface of the app is kept very minimalistic and virtually replaces your messaging app, i.e. the app with which you receive SMS and MMS. So keep in mind that messages that you use via this app can cost money, depending on what type of cell phone contract you have, especially if you are writing abroad. You can see all of your chats sorted chronologically on the start page. Here you can see the contact name or number at the top, if it is not in the contacts on your mobile phone. On the left you can see a profile picture and on the right you can see when the last message was sent in the chat. You can also see the last message under the name and if you have not read it yet, it is written in bold. At the top right you can then search through all your SMS and via the three-point menu, you can view your archived chats, mark all as read, call up blocked contacts, as well as retrieve everything necessary for the web version and between a dark or switch light mode. Finally, you can also go to the settings here and find help and feedback. At the bottom you can start a new chat, where you can then enter a name from your contacts, phone number or email address at the top. Below you can also search through all of your contacts and on the right edge, in the input field, you can also open a number field in order to be able to enter a number. You can also start a group conversation here, but everyone involved needs the Messages app for this. If you have successfully entered the name, you can start typing a message directly. If you click longer on a chat on the start page, you can also select it, or several by clicking more. Here you can archive or delete the selected chats in the upper menu or block the chat people.

3. Write messages

You have now selected a chat. You can see your chat history in the main area. At the top right, you can also call your chat partner directly by phone or use the magnifying glass to search your chat for keywords. You can also use the three-point menu to call up further details about your current conversation. Where you can manage notifications, app settings, block the person directly, report it as spam and add other people to the conversation. You can also use the three-point menu to archive and delete the chat and provide help and feedback if any problems arise. In the chat itself you can also select individual messages by holding them down to copy, delete, share, forward and use them for more. At the bottom you can also send a new message by simply clicking on the text field. On the right edge of this you can also see which number you are using to send the SMS, if you have several SIM cards in your mobile phone, and you can also change them. On the left edge you can also select emoticons and send GIFs using the plus. You can also use the camera symbol to send pictures that you take directly with the camera or select from your gallery.

4. On the web / on the computer

You can also see and use all of your conversations on the web. That means you can now also use your SMS and Co. directly via the computer. To do this, you simply go to Messages on the web. Then you have to call up Messages Web in the app via the three-point menu and then scan the code on the computer screen with your mobile phone camera. If that worked successfully, you should now be able to see and manage all messages on your computer. Here you can also start a new chat via the messages and all the functions that you have on the smartphone are now also available here. You can delete, archive or deactivate a chat using the three dots. In a chat you can also send all the different things below and select a SIM card and when you hover over a message you can also copy or delete it using the three-point menu. Remember, when using messages on the web, you must always have an active internet connection on your computer and mobile phone. If your cell phone is off or not on the internet, you cannot use messanges on the web. You can also use the three-point menu next to the messages to unsubscribe in the last point, so that you have to scan the code on this computer again before you can see your messages again. In the app you can also see under Messages Web which computers are all logged in and when they were last used. Here you can also remove individual computers via the X or log off all computers at the bottom.

5. Interact with businesses

Companies also have the opportunity to give you helpful information about their products and services via messages. This function is comparable to the Facebook Messenger bots, where you can interact with them via a message and get the latest news, information about your orders and much more. You can register on the respective website by adding your mobile number and accepting the terms of use and then you get all the information in your messanges where you can also see different cards with which you interact, of course everything tailored to you. You can also end these services at any time by typing “stop” in the chat. This function is not yet widespread in Germany, but I think there will be some possibilities to use this function in the future.

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6. Settings

Finally, let's take a look at the settings. You can call this up in the app via the three-point menu in the start page area. Here you can basically differentiate between the general and number-specific settings. In the general settings you can manage chat functions and determine which app is your default SMS program. You can also specify what you want to be notified about and whether a sound should be played when you send a message. You can also set your current country and have automatic link previews displayed. Under the settings for a number, you can specify everything about your SMS, i.e. whether these should also be sent in groups, whether MMS should be downloaded automatically, i.e. pictures and videos. Whether this should also happen when the roaming option is active and whether special characters should be automatically converted into SMS standards. You can also specify here whether you want to receive service messages and whether you want to see whether your SMS has been delivered. Finally, you will see your number, you can specify a name and call up all messages on your SIM card and make emergency settings. You can also find the settings on the web via the three-point menu at the top. Here you can choose between the light and dark design, as well as whether the current computer connects directly to your smartphone and you no longer have to enter the code at the beginning. You can also activate data usage and emojis here. You can also set your notifications and finally activate accessibility features.

Now you know how you can easily manage your SMS and MMS on your smartphone or computer with some additional functions. For more tutorials like this, you are welcome to subscribe to my YouTube channel free of charge. If you still have any questions or problems with the application, you can find help here and I'm always happy to share the video.