I'm curious, is there anyone out there that has used the Verizon Messages Desktop App? Were you able to use it successfully? Can you still?
You can download it here (The icon that says "Download Desktop App")
I opened this thread which I'm pretty sure has just joined all of the other forgotten threads that never get answers.
Great question lurch3777! It's a wonderful app, I use it myself and love that it syncs all across all my devices. The download will depend on the phone you have and onto your PC, this is the link to download it http://vz.to/1ok0j4L. This link http://vz.to/1pk5oNC will also assist with questions you may have.
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So you're able to use the Windows Desktop app? Can you send text messages and sync with your messages? Mine does not work at all and I cannot figure out why.
Have you tried force closing the app and then restarting it? Mine tries to sync with ALL my messages on the phone, which are many, and that may be what's bogging it down. The wheel spins as messges pop in, but if I try to use it before they are all fully loaded in, I get the app "Not responding".
Still. once it all loads up, I can send and receive texts on the computer - and they pop up on the phone too. It does work.
yeah I've tried that. I have been using the phone and web app for a while now. And I really wanted to just start using the desktop app as I have other problems with the web app. The desktop app seems to have loaded the contacts, but will not send or receive messages. I wonder now if it's because there are so many messages it cannot handle the initial load. It does take about an hour for it to finally say failed to synchronize.
Can you download your messages (use an pp that will back up and allow you to download them to a file) and then clear them off your phone, then try syncing with the desktop app?
I do see that my replies do not show on my phone, though any incoming messages are received. If I reply on the computer that's the only place I see the reply. Seems that was the case when I used the app on a tablet too....
I have downloaded the Message+ application for 64 Bit Windows 7. It's a wonderful idea and I think it's just great. Unfortunately, its performance is inconsistent, the interface is not intuitive, certain features are difficult to use, certain obvious features are missing and there is no integrated help facility. I have elaborated on some of them, below. Be aware that I have not had this program for very long, so there may be answers and explanations that I am not aware of. And I might simply be wrong.
Performance is inconsistent:
The interface is not intuitive:
Certain features are difficult to use:
Certain obvious features are missing:
In summary, I think it's a great idea, but I simply don't think the User Interface engineering is all that thought out. The look and feel of an application of an application are absolutely critical to successfully exploiting the functionality. You should only deviate from (decades old) graphical interface paradigms when you really have something different to do. Message+ is performing basic functions, it doesn't need window glitz. Glitz for glitz's sake is just plain annoying and causes a needless learning curve. Further, Message+'s glitz is uninspiring and in some cases, downright confusing.
The flawed functionality, the stability, the data lose, the lack of obvious features and the near complete lack of documentation make me think that this is essentially an unfinished or alpha stage product and one would hope for improvements as new version roll out (if they ever do).
If anyone knows of any alternatives to Message+ that do what it does, I'd love to hear about it. However, I am only interested in capturing SMS messages, not sending any sort of e-mail or data.
Wow, datahero, you've taken some time to explore and find your way around the Messages + desktop app (such as it is!) I've installed it and used it briefly, but found it to be glitchy, and in most cases unnecessary because my phone is sitting right beside me at the same time. I have not written out the glitches, but I have seen much of the behavior you detailed.
For those who need the text messaging capability on their desktop system, this app is a step in the right direction, but as you've so eloquently pointed out, it needs work. Thank you for documenting the difficulties, and I will see what I can do as a CL to pass this info further up the line.
Actually, that was just a quick summary, if you can believe it. I haven't had time to thoroughly research the desktop application as I would like. It is very difficult to get anywhere with it. Also, bear in mind that some of my comments are just opinions and that there are certain inaccuracies. For example, I finally found the FAQ, but I still don't think that it was in any obvious place, but that's just my taste in the matter.
If you want, try out the web application for the service. There doesn't seem to be any way to get to this directly, but you can surf to Verizon Messages - Verizon Wireless and then click on the Go To Web App rectangular button.
The web application is far superior to the desktop application in every way and I have no plans to return the desktop application until substantial work is done on it to bring it up to true production level and offer significant additional features. It simply just isn't ready for prime time. In fact, the only reason I can think of for using it all at this point would be if you had no access to a modern browser or permission to use one for certain sites (a large business might implement this in a proxy for policy and security reasons)..
The most important feature of the web application to me is that you can export message threads to files. That is both wonderful and critical to me. Unfortunately, even this fine piece of code doesn't seem to be able to catch all SMS text messages. For example, I just sent three (rather long) SMS text messages in a row to a certain number and the cellphone reports successful delivery for all three. None of the messages show up on the web application which is bad news for me.
At the same time, I received an SMS text message from another number and responded--this happened several times. All these were captured and displayed by the web application in real time, which is just dandy. So I don't think I have a problem with my phone.
Not being able to have all sent and received messages show up in the web application (or anywhere else) is absolutely catastrophic for me.
The reason I wanted to get the Desktop App working is because I'm having issues with the Web App. Some of the issues you outlined Datahero. But mostly because of connectivity issues, the Web App seems to lose connection after a while and the page needs to be reloaded to get it to work again. From the sounds of it I think I might be on a fools errand.