How To Get Google's iMessage Extension On Your Phone

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Google's new iMessage extensions allow iPhone users to drop all sorts of Google-curated information into their chats: from weather forecasts and nearby restaurants to trending YouTube videos and amusing GIFs. It's a much faster way to communicate and one of our favourite extensions in a long while. Here's how to get it on your phone right now.

The Google app's iMessage extension works in different ways depending on what you share. For example, when a recipient taps on a video, it will automatically appear on a new screen and start playing. When they click on a restaurant name, they will see a Google search results page for it. Tapping on a GIF fills the screen with the image and so on and so forth.

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If you're a regular iMessage user, this is an incredibly useful tool to have up your sleeve. Best of all, it only takes a few seconds to set up.

Here's how to get it on your iPhone or iPad:

  1. Download the Google app from the Apple Store. (If you already have it on your phone, make sure you've got the latest version.)
  2. Open iMessage and fire up a conversation. You should now see a big, colourful "G" at the bottom of your iPhone's screen.
  3. Tap it to start dropping information, vidoes and GIFs into your chats!

That's literally all there is to it.

If you don't like the idea of having a 'Google' app on your phone, simply bury it deep in an iPhone folder. You can then safely ignore it while still having access to this powerful and user-friendly iMessage tool. Result!

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