Pro tip: Send texts from your browser with Motorola Connect

Jack Wallen shows you how to set up your Motorola device so that you can send and receive texts from within your Chrome browser.

Motorola Connect

If you happen to have a Motorola smartphone (Moto X, Droid Ultra, Droid Maxx, and Droid Mini) and you use the Chrome browser, you can enable the ability to send and receive texts from your Chrome browser. Thanks to a simple Chrome add-on, Motorola Connect, this task is quite simple.

You must also have Motorola Connect installed on your smartphone for this to work. The supported devices should already have this free app installed. Once you've installed the Chrome add-on and made sure your smartphone has the necessary app, you're ready to go. Here's how you set it all up.

Your Motorola device

The first thing you need to do is go to Settings | Motorola Connect. If you haven't done so, walk through the intro to this app by tapping the Get started! button (Figure A).

Figure A

Figure A
Getting started with Motorola Connect on a Verizon-branded Motorola Moto X.

Now, tap the Yes, I'm in button, and choose your account from the drop-down menu. Once you've done this, tap Next. You must then allow Motorola Connect to manage your contacts by tapping OK. Tap Done, and you're ready to move to the browser set up.

The Chrome browser

On the Chrome browser, click the M icon to the right of the address bar. A popup will appear, asking you to agree to the terms. Click I agree. The next step is to okay the permissions (email address and basic information of your account). Click Accept.

Next, you must sign up. This process is done by clicking the Sign Up button in the next window. It will use your associated Google account to sign up for the Motorola applications and services. After you click the Sign Up button, a popup window will appear, informing you that it's attempting to talk with your phone. When the Chrome add-on connects with your device, you'll see a Success window, where you can also configure it to hide text message content in pop-up notifications. If you feel that's necessary, check the box, and then click Let's go (Figure B).

Figure B

Figure B
Finishing up the browser end of Motorola Connect.

When it's complete, a popup window will appear with your messages -- all of them. It's very easy to use (it works almost exactly as if you were on your phone).

Should you close that window, to get it back, just click the M icon to the right of the address bar in your browser.

Motorola Connect is a handy way to interact with messaging from your Chrome browser. Would you use Motorola Connect in your daily routine? Why or why not? Let us know your thoughts in the discussion thread below.

By Jack Wallen

Jack Wallen is an award-winning writer for TechRepublic, The New Stack, and Linux New Media. He's covered a variety of topics for over twenty years and is an avid promoter of open source. For more news about Jack Wallen, visit his website jackwallen....