Google unveils Allo for Chrome, exclusively for Android users

Posted August 16, 2017

Starting today, Android users can log in to Allo on the web to see and send messages, but it probably won't make the chat platform more popular.

Google Allo, the messaging app that was announced at Google I/O 2016 along side the video calling app called Duo, now has a web client as well.

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That's right - in order to use Allo for web, you need to scan a QR code from your browser with a mobile device that has the Allo app installed already. It will only work in Chrome browsers as of now.

With this, users will now be able to use Assistant, the witty personal assistant from Google that debuted on the chat app a year ago, on the web, something that had so far not been possible.

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Open the menu and look for "Allo for web" icon. To recall, WhatsApp Web was also limited to Chrome when it launched; it was later made available on other browsers like Safari. If your phone's battery dies, Allo for web will go offline too. We are still not sure how many people have used Google Allo, since Google does not release that information.

To get started, you have to launch the web client in Google's Chrome browser. Allo on the web works differently to messaging services like Facebook Messenger or Google's own Hangouts. Allo for web shows what's on the mobile app. Select it and scan the QR code using your phone. Anything you can do on the mobile version you'll be able to do on the web, including accessing Assistant, sending stickers, and more.

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Do you use Allo? Here, go to the left and open the hamburger icon to get the Allo for the web. The web version is the same thing as you will see on your smartphone, which is cool because if your smartphone dies then you will still have the web version. Again, this is only available for Android devices for now, but the landing page does indicate that iPhones will be supported down the line.