The mobile messaging platform has already been saturated with a lot of options. However, this does not stop new mobile messaging apps from coming up. Google Allo was released on mobile last year, to underwhelming results. However, the app did not have a web client which expanded its capabilities. Now, however, Google Allo has a web client.
To use the feature, first install the app on your Android smartphone. Currently the web client feature is only available on Android, though the app itself is available on iOS. Now, once you install the app, you need to set it up as you would any other messaging app. however, unlike other messaging apps or a variety of Google services, Google Allo does not make use of your Google account. Therefore, it cannot collect information you already have on the internet. You will need to manually confirm your phone number take a profile picture and give Allo permission to access a number of features on your device.
Now, you need to link to Allo with your browser. Do this by visiting allo.google.com/web. If you use Google Chrome, it will lead you to a QR code and further instructions. If not, you’re out of luck: right now, the feature only works on Google Chrome. When Chrome opens to the correct page, you then need to open the app on your phone, navigate through the menu to “Allow for Web”, and point your device’s camera at the QR code. Next, you will confirm your device through a code sent to you via SMS. From there, it is automatically linked to your phone.
Once both devices are linked, you have options for everything in your browse as you do on your phone. You can also customize the experience through the settings menu. Right now, the options only include playing sounds upon sending and receiving messages, desktop notifications, and whether you want message previews to be seen or not.
It is important to note that Google Allo’s web client feature has some limitations too. For example, you can only use it in a single tab at a time. Also, your phone has to be on and connected to the internet. Furthermore, the service lacks iOS support on the web client, and it also supports only Google Chrome.
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