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TextraWeb (web interface for Textra)

Basically, something very close to WhatsApp Web; a web interface that locally (not cloud based) connects to the phone and allows messaging & interaction from a browser UI.

Right now, there is a very small subset of services that do "online texting" - MightyText and Pushbullet are the major two players. DeskSMS used to be popular, but isn't supported by the developer and has largely been removed from the Play Store. Today, MightyText put a nail in their own coffin by limiting free accounts to 500 messages per month, which will make most serious free-tier users leave or look elsewhere.

In my opinion, Textra is the premiere SMS application. I find it to be the best texting application that I have ever used. It has wonderful features, wonderful design, and was clearly built with love and thought. I would love to see the application become even more accessible with a web UI :)

I am a web developer by profession and I spend most of my day messaging. I would love to help build something like this, if you guys are ever looking for a developer to help out (for free) I would be more than glad to chat.

Thank you to all of the developers and team members who make Textra such a great experience.

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      • Ben Blissett commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Just chiming in on this. I switched from Android Messaging to Textra about a year ago when my Galaxy S8 eliminated the bulk of customization. Would really be handy to have a web-based version (like the one that's been around for years for Android Messaging)

      • Mikey Kuplevatsky commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        This is basically why I stopped using Textra in favor of Android Messages; they have a Web version. Actually, any and all messaging apps I use now have a web version, as it's 2019 and not 1995.

      • Straten Schemel commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I just made the switch from textra to android messages. :(

        I hope that they offer web interface soon. I'd be willing to even offer up some development assistance if needed.

      • Steve Chaffins commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I've actually switched from textra to android messages until they provide something like this. It would make my life so much easier to use this with textra.

      • Colin commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        It's unfortunate Textra refuses to listen to its Users' feedback in over 2 years; you're absolutely losing Users daily to other messaging platforms that offer a web interface - including Premium Users such as myself.

        I think Textra is a beautifully made app with a lot of great features but to not have a web interface in today's busy, work cluttered age - no thanks.

      • latinbaritone commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I have to echo some of the comments here. I have been a Textra users for a few years now, paid for premium, love the interface and features that I can't get from Android messages. However, I have always wanted a web interface with Textra. It's such a powerful and user friendly app I want to see it go to the next level with the same service Google is offering through it's sms app. Keep up the good work.

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Google Messages works really well on the web. It's going to start loosing you users as it's very similar to using WhatsApp Web. Please consider adding this feature ASAP!!

      • maggie commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        YES! pleaseeeee! I converted from google Message to Textra for the features, and my messages weren't being delivered, but the web app would be VERY convenient!

      • Brittany Borkowski commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        We've been asking for this for 2 years now Textra! Come on! If nothing else, please promote a client to work WITH Textra.

      • Walt T commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        +1 on a web interface for textra. It's bs that Android is not requiring that apps be default to send an SMS from that app. I've always had multiple messaging apps and they've all worked fine contributing to the same messaging thread. I digress- I'd like a web messaging option. Even if it's just a Chrome extension or something. Thanks

      • Kye commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        +1 to the last comment - I love Textra and have been using it for years, but the web client coming with Android Messages is pretty damn nice.
        Honestly, if Textra just worked with the default Android Messages web UI it'd be great.

      • Chris Hinds commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Android messages has now released their web version. I've been using Textra premium for a couple years now and prefer its interface (and access to gif, uploads, emojis, etc), but now I'm torn. Do I go back to messenger because it's way easier to type on the computer, or do I stick with Textra? I might be swapping back and forth between the two apps - messenger at home and textra while away - but I can see that I'll quickly tire of the back-and-forth.

      • Allan MacDonald commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        This suggestion had another thread with a lot more votes, unfortunately that thread has been deleted.
        Any plans that you can let us know about or is this a definite not going to happen idea?

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        If you would like something that will work with Textra, I just ran across (and have been using for about 10 days now): https://textto.io. I am not associated with Textt.io and have no relationship with it other than having used it successfully. It works well, fast, is free, and there are no usage limits.

        Still hoping we see a "Textra version" in the future, or that the potential Android web messaging interface supports non-standard texting apps.

      • Ryan Chia commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Can I revive this since Android Messages is likely to launch their web service app?

      • Aaron Sentell commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        This is definitely a huge missing piece. It's a big effort to implement I"m sure, but it'd be worth it. I'm checking out Pulse now just because of this feature.

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