Since switching to the Google Pixel 5 there has been very few things that i have missed from the iPhone, however iMessage is definitely the biggest thing. I still use a Macbook, iPad and Apple Watch and so iMessage is still a big part of my life and so i decided to look at some workarounds that had made ripples a few years ago.
There were a few hacks that claimed to let iMessage get forwarded to android but Air Message was by far the easiest method and so i decided to give this ago.
One thing is important to note is for this to work you will need to have a Mac that has constant access to the internet. Thankfully i have an old Mac mini that is running my Plex server so this was the perfect time to try this method.
What you will need is the AirMessage server running on macOS 10.10 Yosemite or newer, AirMessage for Android running Android 6.0 Marshmallow or newer.
AirMessage includes a full installation guide which is extremely easy to follow and is available here. These are the steps you will need to complete from the guide:
- Enabling messaging access
- Adjusting sleep settings
- Configuring the connection
- Finding your local IP address
- Configuring port forwarding
- Handling IP address changes
- Connecting the app
Once you have completed all of the above steps simply open the app, and all that’s left to do is enter your server’s address and password. I have been running this for a short period of time and so far it works flawlessly.