Google Allo is now available on the web

Alan Olson
August 16, 2017

Some are saying that one of the reasons is that it is still limited to mobile devices, unlike Messenger and Viber and other apps that can be accessed through desktop apps or web browsers.

Another condition is that Allo for web only works with the Chrome browser.

We have good news if you have an Android device, as Google Allo has finally rolled out.

Apparently, since Google Allo is known for its integration of "Google Assistant" inside the app itself, it is pretty much expected that we see the same on the web version as well. Once you've scanned the code from an Android handset, you're in. iPhone support is promised to come soon. And while it's great to host the application in a browser, it's often nice to have a separate desktop app to keep some services separate from the hundreds of tabs you probably have open.

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In February 2017, Google confirmed that it was working on a web client dubbed Allo for Web. The functionality is definitely not live as yet, with the URL allo.google.com/web giving a 404 error when navigating to it. That means you can only install it by scanning a QR code on your Android phone (iPhone users are left in the lurch for now). All of your conversations will now pop up on the screen, be showing a status that you're signed into it.

According to a report published on TechCrunch, Google Allo's web version uses a pairing process similar to what WhatsApp has. The web version will only work as long as your phone is connected to the internet. If your phone's battery dies, Allo for web will go offline too. Five days into its launch, Allo recorded 5 million Google Play Store downloads, but it took two months to double this figure. You can chat, share photos and stickers, but the standout feature is its use of Google Assistant, the smart AI assistant. It will be a few more weeks probably before iOS is supported. Select it and scan the QR code using your phone. Then you will need to open Allo on your Android Phone. You can summon Assistant into conversations by clicking the button in the conversation bar and attach files, but there's no way to access the camera, so you won't be able to make selfie stickers. This is because the Allo app on your phone has to pair to the web client in order for the latter to work.

Amity Fulay, Head of Product for Allo and Duo, tweeted this news from his official handle.

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