Want to keep texting someone even though you don’t have your phone on you? You can now send and receive Android text messages on your computer — but you’ll want to set it up before you lose your phone.
To use the feature you’ll need the latest version of the Android Messages app, which you can probably download here. Then do the following:
The ability to send and receive texts on your Android phone and computer has been long overdue. Apple’s iMessages has supported this feature for a few years, but since you need an iPhone ($800 at Cricket Wireless) and Mac, not everyone could use the feature. Now that Android’s messaging platform supports this, an awful lot more people can start texting without their phones.
Google also announced four other new features in Messages:
New features in Android P