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Verizon Updates Messages App to Version 4.0 – Syncs Text Messages From Phone to Tablet to Web (Updated)

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Yesterday, Verizon announced version 4.0 of their Verizon Messages app, bringing with it cross-device syncing for those who want access to their text messages from anywhere at anytime. Now, I’ve got to admit that we fully ignored this announcement yesterday since almost all of the Verizon released services have never been something to brag to your friends about. But with this app, we received a surprising number of mentions from readers who had nothing but good things to say about it. So, let’s talk about it. 

In the new Verizon Messages, you can login from a phone, tablet, or through the web and see the last 90 days of messages that were received by your account. You can reply, add attachments, and pick up where you left off from a previous conversation on a separate device without hiccup. The app also allows you to sort content by those which contain links, locations, contact info, or photos and video.

I do need to point out that while it says it supports tablets, it appears to only support Verizon tablets, not just any ol’ WiFi slab you have laying around.

Update:  Verizon just reached out to let us know that the app now works on WiFi tablets:

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But hey, people seem to be excited about it, so let us know what you think.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/marlene.price.92 Marlene Price

    My update SUCKS, SUCKS SUCKS SUCKS SUCKS SUCKS.
    I cannot get my FACEBOOK contacts out of my FACE. i don’t want FB in my personal phone book. I don’t want to call sweden or germany to talk to my farmville friends. i don’t want to be repeatedly asked. i have everything UNSYNCED and FB is still in my phone book. SEARCHES ARE IDIOTIC. i want to look up “C” i get everything, starting in the a’s that have a “C” in it, even if it is an address with CA. But not CATHY that i was looking up. my wallpaper pic keep changing. STUPID PHONE STUPID PHONE. I WANT A NEW PHONE.

  • Matt

    Works great and you don’t need to install an app on your phone for it to work.

  • Jwhap
  • https://plus.google.com/113924127356889315682?tab=ch#113924127356889315682/posts//p/pub Chris Jeske

    Am I really the only one who thinks she’s kinda hot in a “mom next door” sorta way?

  • https://plus.google.com/113924127356889315682?tab=ch#113924127356889315682/posts//p/pub Chris Jeske

    That actually sounds useful. I still won’t use it.

  • David

    Just downloaded about an hour ago on Nexus 7 WiFi only. Preliminary tests seem to work (a few texts to random people).

  • http://www.facebook.com/sjtilney Scott Tilney

    Works fine on my Nexus 7, and I’m pretty sure thats not a Verizon tablet.

    • XvierX

      I couldn’t get the app to install on my Nexus 7 tablet. It says it’s not compatible.

  • cedler

    Works on my nexus 10, but only shows texts sent after I installed. Texts I sent from phone prior to installing on tablet don’t show up.

  • middlehead

    I actually watched that whole video and the only thing that I retained was Verizon used an LG Spectrum 2 in a promotional video. I figured they’d use either a Droid branded unit or a Galaxy something.

  • The_Other_Ray

    Keeps losing connection to messaging services on my Infinity Pad.

  • Tom Fox

    I’ve had no problems with my Nexus 7, I like the app.

    Is there a fix for the Google Voice threading problems? Its still starting random new conversations with people that I have already talked to.

  • Derek Traini

    I am really intrigued by Google Voice, can someone point me to some information on how it works? I am on Verizon.

  • Ed Cerqueira

    I have to say, of all the hated bloatware that Verizon has, I actually like this app. It allows me to text in areas where I barley get any service but get WiFi, using my mobile number. I don’t have to worry about missing texts because of lack of service which happens to me more often than I’d like (I spend a good amount of time in an old building that loves to block out cell reception). Also This will allow me to text from my number while I’m over seas, my phone doesn’t need to be on for this to work. I also like the little feature of being able to see all the media (pictures, links, etc) in the history of my texts. Of course I only just started playing with it and will have to wait and see how it is in the long-run but for now I’m liking it.

  • http://twitter.com/jbairdjr James Baird

    I dont know where people are getting that you need a Verizon Tablet. I have a WiFi only Nexus 7 and Galaxy Tab 10.1 and it works great on both. Going to give it a try to see if I still like it in a week.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=500698751 Paul Hansen

    Mine’s installed and functional without any hacks/mods on my Nexus 7 wifi so it’s not just vzw tabs.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Smite-Elize/1492510331 Smite Elize

      Can you post the APK please..

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=500698751 Paul Hansen

        Play store? Click install?

  • Colton

    Can you text over WiFi if you have it on your phone?

  • Daniel

    I, too, ignored the news as I’m squarely in the Handcent SMS camp, and would not give it up…tried the website out, though, only issue is you get gibberish messages sent to your phone after you reply using the website. So I disabled it again.

  • Ben Johnson

    I’m installing it now to see if it works when my phone has no reception (basically anywhere inside my workplace). It would be nice to get txts while I’m at work instead of getting them anytime I walk out of the building and the phone reconnects to the VWZ network.

    • http://twitter.com/jbairdjr James Baird

      I have used the web site and get no messages on my phone. Just works. Pretty surprising.

  • Derek Lockovich

    So let’s say this is installed, can you still use any other text messaging app or do you have to specifically use it to get those features?

    Also, I’m still rocking the built in messaging app on my DNA, but I miss my AOSP messaging so much. :(

  • Kevin McClain

    Saw others saying you need a Verizon tablet as well on other sites. Definitely not true. I have it working on my WiFi only Nexus 7 just fine. The app isn’t installed on my Verizon GS3 either. Just the tablet. Surprised to hear people are saying otherwise.

  • http://twitter.com/BriCo84 Brian Cohen

    MightyText FTW

  • http://profiles.google.com/philhyde Phil Hyde

    I started using this app when the built-in Messages app would not support group messaging. Been using it ever since and I have no complaints.

  • Mark Williams

    I side loaded it on my rooted Asus Nexus 7 Wifi and it works as well or better than the phone. Play Store says it’s not compatible, but it will work just fine. Replaced TabletSMS with it and testing for a few days…so far so good. Plus it looks great!

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Smite-Elize/1492510331 Smite Elize

      Can you post the APK please

      • Mark Williams

        sure, but not here. I’ll link you to the apk in my Dropbox. Email me at mtw4991@gmail for it.

  • Warwick

    OMG CANT WAIT TO INSTALL THIS! /s

  • EC8CH

    Seriously….

    “How much is Verizon paying you?” :P

    • michael arazan

      Break out the Tinfoil hat, verizon is brainwashing

      • Brandon Golway

        [blank stare]ALL GLORY TO THE HYPNOTOAD…….[/blank stare]

  • Austin Warren

    Until they charge you $20 a month.

  • Jake

    I tried Verizon’s Messages app several months ago, but uninstalled it because of its horrible UI. It had better support for group messaging than Android’s native Messaging app had. Additionally, it had support for tablets that were on the same wifi network. The tablets could be wifi-only, and they didn’t have to be from Verizon. So, did they change this?

    • JoshGroff

      Says it’s compatible with the TF Prime 201.

    • ddh819

      yes, now it works on the tablet even if your phone is not on the same wifi network. this is nice because the app used to not work for me when i was connecting my tablet to my phone’s hotspot – it did not consider them on the same network.

  • ToddAwesome

    Um, yeah, I’ll stick with Mighty Text, thanks.

  • belsonc

    In other news, there’s a Verizon Messages app…

    • JoshGroff

      I thought the same thing when I saw the post. Glad it’s not preinstalled. *knock on wood*

      • Austin Warren
        • JoshGroff

          Lol.

      • Brad Cooper

        Actually it’s a really good app, blows away the crap that comes OEM with the S3. Samsung, and HTC for that matter, should be ashamed of themselves for their messaging apps that don’t support group texting. Moto has been doing it for years. The alternatives to this on non-Moto phones are Handcent or GoMessaging which both are ten times as heavy as this Verizon app. Congrats Verizon your (starting to) doing it right.

        • JoshGroff

          Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying I don’t like it, I’m just saying I’m glad we have the choice to install/uninstall it ourselves and it’s not forced upon us.

    • http://www.facebook.com/sjtilney Scott Tilney

      -Works great on my Nexus 7.
      -Doesn’t rely on my phone to send messages from my Nexus 7 (I turned my phone off, and could still send texts from my number using my Nexus 7)
      -This will be a great way to send and receive text messages while overseas without paying extra fees.

      • Brandon Golway

        I’ll have to give this a try because I hate having to put down my N7 to answer texts.

      • itznfb

        So it’s Google Voice… without the voice… from a much creepier company…. no thanks.

        • TSY87

          I would be concerned if it were routing through a 3rd party company… but assuming you are on verizon… your text messages are ALREADY going through their network whether you use this app or not. Your point is flawed.

          • itznfb

            Except now they are going through a software based messaging solution which means they are most likely now being saved indefinitely. From a company who is trying to put web cameras in all of our set top boxes so that we can be monitored 24/7…. I’d say it’s a little more creepy.

        • http://www.facebook.com/sjtilney Scott Tilney

          Clearly you don’t understand what this app is.
          To sum it up, Verizon wireless customers no longer need to be on Verizon’s network to send/receive text messages from their Verizon phone number.

  • http://profiles.google.com/jeremyrreger Jeremy Reger

    I use Dinamotxt, never buy a verizon tablet again.

  • Tyler

    Doesn’t work on my Nexus 10 so im going to stick with MightyText which has been awesome for everything (notifications for phone calls, texts and picture messages) besides group messaging. (And its free)

    • ToddAwesome

      Agreed.

    • b_to_the_randon

      Weird, just set it up on my N10 and it’s working great. I actually sort of like it.

      • Tyler

        Checked today and its now compatible with all my devices unlike yesterday when i posted my comment. Looks like I’ll try it out.

  • Matthew Dickinson

    Using MySMS and I intend to continue doing so, especially since I won’t buy a tablet through Verizon.

    • http://twitter.com/willrockyou Willian

      Cool. I’ll give MySMS a try.

  • Mallahet

    If they want people to use it, why not add support to non-Verizon tablets? I’d actually consider using it if it worked with my Nexus 7. Instead, I’ll continue using my phone for texts. And really think about porting my number to Google Voice once my contract is up.. Because then, hey! I can do this from any Android device and browser.

    • http://www.droid-life.com Kellex B

      Google Voice! Google Voice!

      • moelsen8

        I’m starting to get paranoid about Google Voice, with everyone pointing out how neglected it is by Google (and doesn’t appear to be a money maker for Google) after Reader’s demise.. long live GV!

        • JMonkeYJ

          if google kills voice i’m hosed :-(

        • itznfb

          Same here. After they killed Reader I’m kind of just waiting for GV to be next.

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Chris-Schmucker/1498547350 Chris Schmucker

        Is there anyway to get google voice without having to pay an ETF? Maybe someone can point me in the right direction.

        • moelsen8

          you can always go to google voice in your google account and get a free number to use. just won’t be able to use your current one with the service without porting it in and possibly paying that ETF.

          you could still use that for free texting and voicemails (have your current number forward missed calls to your GV number instead of your carrier voicemail).

        • Tyler

          Google Voice isn’t tied to a carrier, as far as i know sprint is the only one who will port your current number to Google voice but you can create a new number that is your Google voice number from google.com/voice. Hope that clarifies things.
          EDIT: Basically assuming you don’t port your number through sprint, it acts as a link to your current number/numbers. When you call your gv number it rings all phones linked to the account.

      • itznfb

        Yeah I barely use my phone. Since I hate actually talking on the phone I just use GV and my N7 for texting.

    • ddh819

      the verizon app works on my wifi only nexus 7

      • http://twitter.com/jbairdjr James Baird

        works on my Nexus 7 too

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=500698751 Paul Hansen

      Works fine on my nexus 7 wifi. It might now work on all tabs but I can confirm that it does work on the nexus 7.

      • Mallahet

        Weird. I go to the Play link and it won’t let me select my N7.

    • Chadd

      I Hope you get it working on your Nexus . I am loving it on mine. I had Tablet Talk for this type of thing and it was such a bother to make sure it was connected to my phone. This Verizon Msg is great.