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Google Messages: the best time-saving tips

If you have an Android phone and haven’t tried it yet Google News Give it a try if you want to text. It has a great mix of features without feeling overly bloated.

It’s easy enough to use right from the start: Sending and receiving messages is as easy as it gets. However, there are also a few under-the-radar features worth checking out.

set reminders

Thanks to the instant nature of messaging, it can often feel like you need to reply to incoming texts immediately. Not you! Respond when you’re fit and ready by setting a reminder for yourself.

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Just long press on a message and a handy little toolbar will appear at the top of the screen. Tap the alarm clock icon on the far right and you can select a time for the message to appear again in the future.

It’s great for you popular people who get a lot of messages but want to reply to the low priority messages at the end of the day.

Use messages from your computer

Start your computer’s web browser and go to messages.google.com to use one of my favorite features: the ability to send and receive texts directly from your computer.

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You need to do an initial setup where you use the mobile messaging app to scan a QR code on your computer screen. But once that connection is established, you don’t have to do this every time you use the browser interface.

It’s a slightly slimmed-down version of the mobile app, but nothing quite beats replying to a text message with a full-size keyboard. It’s a real life changer.

Schedule messages to be sent later

You just went on a blind date that actually went well. You want to text the other person about what a good time you had. But is 15 minutes past the date too early?

Listen up: If this is your soulmate, then texting right away is not a problem. Just do it. However, if you want to leave a few hours in between, you can do so by scheduling your text to be sent later.

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Just type your text as you normally would, then long-tap on it instead of tapping the send icon. Similar to the reminder trick above, you can choose a time in the future when your text will be sent.

There will then be a small bar above your text with the time it will be sent and an X on the right so you can cancel it.

Send someone your location

If you are trying to meet someone in a crowded place, you can answer the question “Where are you?” Text with your exact location.

There is a plus symbol to the left of the input field where you type your messages. Tap on that and a submenu will open up with a handful of options – one of which is “Location”.

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Tap on it and a small map will appear. Make sure your location is accurate, then click the Submit button.

Don’t move now! It doesn’t track your location; It only sends your current location. You can Send your real-time location via Google Maps instead of this.

Pin important messages to the top of your list

This is a great feature when you get a lot of messages but want to avoid some threads being pushed way down your list.

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Long-press the message thread you want to pin to the top, then tap—you guessed it—the little pin icon at the top of the screen. You can do this with up to three message threads.

To unpin a thread, just long-press on it again and tap the pin icon again. It now shows a strikethrough to indicate what tapping will do.

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JACLYN DIAZ

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