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    New feature makes it easier to use Google Messages on desktop

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    Last updated: October 23rd, 2023 at 09:19 UTC+02:00

    Google wants to turn RCS into a real iMessage competitor, and it is imperative that it supports not just phones but also computers and wearable devices for that to happen. Google Messages supports computers through the web, and you can access your messages and send new messages through a web browser. However, accessing Google Messages through the web was a bit of a task, but Google is now making it easier.

    Google Messages to get easier to use on the web through Google Account login

    Currently, if you want to access Google Messages on the web, you need your phone. You have to open the Google Messages app on your phone, start device pairing, and scan a QR code to access messages on the web. Now, Google is working on introducing a new feature that lets you log in using your Google account instead of a QR code. For that to happen, you must switch to the Google Account Pairing feature on the Google Messages app on your phone and then log in to Google Messages on the web using the same Google account.

    This feature was found by 9To5Google, and it was found in the 20231017 version of the Google Messages app. Even during the pairing process, Google is looking to make things easier, asking you to tap a matching emoji. This is a good security measure, as an intruder won't be able to access your messages for one-time passwords if he has access to your Google account. If the pairing fails, Google will ask you to check for unfamiliar devices that have access to your Google account.

    What is RCS?

    RCS (Rich Communication Services) is a new messaging standard that was co-developed by Google. It supports sending and receiving of high-resolution images and videos. It also supports audio messages, emojis, group chats, and stickers. Like any other modern messaging service, it displays read, sent, and typing indicators. It supports multi-device access, too.

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