Android Messages Web View

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  1. Sajo

    Sajo Diamond Member

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    A lot of people on another forum said they received the app update but no Web Messages option in the 3.0.044 app. Same here. Three phones received the app update last night, all the same app version. 2 out of 3 do not have the new option. My work phone does (Turbo 2) but not my Z Force & Z Play. I have uninstalled updates, cleared data, disabled, rebooted > then re-enable, reinstall the new app version twice last night. And still no Web Messages option. I did notice that when I switched to Verizon Message + this morning that hundreds of old texts that didn't appear in Messages showed up in the Message+ app. So, I deleted everything, every single text thread. Rebooted the phone, and repeated above (clear data, uninstall updates, disable, reboot, enable, install app again) and still no Web Messages option. No one on the other forum seems to have an explanation, and several different phone models (Note 8, Pixel, Z Play, etc). I'm wondering if some data glitch (like my unsynced texts that didn't appear) causes the app to not show the option? Or if Google has to turn something "On" on their end. My work phone is tied to a different G Mail account than my personal G Mail. Both my Z phones are tied to my personal G Mail account and do not have the new option.

    Oh well, I wanted to try the new text from web feature but I guess Uncle Google doesn't want me to use it.

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    Someone on another forum thinks Google has to enable it for your account before the option appears in the app. It's plausible

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    I've got nuthin'. Mine just showed up with no prompting the day after I got Oreo. My message app had been updated days before.

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    I'm on the Google Play product help page, and have posted a few questions there. As I figured, other users have the same issue after installing the new app update. We all have the same app version but no new Web Messages option. A coworker updated the app on his Pixel this morning and also does not have the new Web Messages option. The Google help team is normally pretty good, so hopefully they have some ideas and information. I will share here, in case it helps someone else that updated the app but does not have the new option.

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    I did get it on my S8+ and my ZTE Zmax Pro but not in my V20.
     
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    A few Google Experts (as they are called on that Forum) posted that there is a server side "switch" that has to be flipped on for your account / device ID... something on their servers. Once that happens the Messages app will notify us that Web Messages is ready to setup. Apparently that update is rolling out separately from the app update. Sure is causing confusion, there are a ton of negative reviews on the Play Store now since people have an app update that lists "Text From Your Computer" as a what's new feature, but they can't see the new option. I wonder if this has more popularity than Google realized and they can't keep up with all the added web activity?

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    what a way to complicate things. used to be so easy to install google apps
     
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    The app is fine....in a way. It's the other piece that is leading to confusion. Probably shouldn't release an app update that has new functionality listed in the What's New section until everything is 100% ready to implement the new stuff.

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    I like the fact that you don't have to sign into to chrome to run messages on pc.
     
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    I just got a pop up in messages to try it and voila it also shows up as a fun item from the dots. No app update needed. Definitely sounds like a behind the scenes toggle switch

    I like the idea and have been waiting for something like this to be built into windows 10 but alas Cortana syncing texts does not seem to as fully featured as googles but I would prefer an a windows 10 app vs always having to switch to a browser to use it
    Question:
    If it's used are all your texts stored in Google servers or just relayed to the browser.
    How secure is this feature etc


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    It's not secure, you already mentioned that once. And yes, your app did update to version 3.3.044 at some point or you would not have received the prompt to try it. The app update may have been days ago. If you have auto update turned on you might not have known the app updated, but I assure you it did.

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