Chrome OS offers a handful of ways to keep your Chromebook and Android phone in sync. One of its features is that you can access your SMS inbox and reply to texts from your Chromebook. How to set it up.
Before you can enable the text messaging feature, you need to pair your Android smartphone with your Chromebook. For this you need to run Android 5.1or later on your phone and at least Chrome OS 71 on your computer. Also, make sure that both devices are signed in to the same Google Account.
Click the “Status” tab at the bottom right of your Chromebook and select the “Gear” icon to open the “Settings” menu.
Find “Android phone” option under “Connected devices”. Click the “Set” button next to it.
In the following pop-up window, select your Android phone from the “Select a device” drop-down menu and click the blue “Accept and continue” button.
Enter your Google password and authenticate yourself. If all goes well, the next page will display a message saying “All Set.” Click “Done” to close the window.
Go back to your Chromebook’s “Settings” menu, and this time there will be a “Verify” option next to “Android phone.” Click the button and then unlock your smartphone. Your Chromebook and Android phone will receive a message stating that both your devices are linked.
To enable SMS syncing, download the Google Android Messages app from the Play Store. If you have a Google Pixel, Nokia or Motorola device, you can skip this step as Android messages should already be installed on your phone.
Navigate to Settings> Connected devices on your Chromebook and select your Android phone. Turn on the “Messages” switch and click the “Configure” button.
A new window with a QR code will appear on the computer screen. You need to scan this with your phone to verify the connection.
Launch the Android Messages app on your phone and tap the three-point menu icon in the upper right corner. Select “Messages for the Web” from the context menu.
Press the “QR Code Scanner” button, then point your smartphone camera at the QR code on your Chromebook.
The window on your Chromebook should now show your text inbox.
You can compose new text messages, manage existing threads, attach files and more. Chrome OS also adds a “Messages” shortcut to your computer’s app library.
Even if you have not opened messages on your Chromebook, you will be notified when a new text message arrives on your phone. Note that this feature only works as long as both your Chromebook and Android phone are connected to the internet.
If you want to choose not to receive text messages on your Chromebook, you can do so by going to Settings> Connected devices> your Android phone and turning off the “Notifications” option.
In addition to text messaging, Chrome OS has a few more features dedicated to Android users, including the ability to instantly access your phone’s mobile data.