Many Android users have longed iMessages on their Android smartphones. In this article, I will guide you on How to send and receive iMessage from Android devices with AirMessage. Android users may be familiar with Screen Sharing options that work with Windows, Linux, and other operating systems.
However, there is another option available known as AirMessage. This option brings iMessage sending and receiving capabilities to Android. The AirMessage works by retransmitting the iMessage through a Mac. Yes! it means that a Mac device is required for the AirMessage to work.
If you want to send those blue messages to your friend, who uses an iPhone. But you have an Android smartphone and a Mac device. Then this may be the solution for you. If you want to give AirMessage a try then, here is what you need to do.
How To Send And Receive iMessages From Android Device With AirMessage
If you are an Android user and you have a Mac system, then here are some requirements that you need to complete. Your Mac OS version should be 10.10 or greater. Your Android device should be running on Android 6.0 or greater. Now follow this method if you have completed the above requirements.
If you want to use AirMessages services, then you are required to use the AirMessages server. AirMessages server is crucial for the AirMessages experience. The purpose of this server is to forward all of your messages to your Android smartphone. Download the given file on your Mac and save it in the Applications folder.
Installing AirMessages Server For Mac
Open the downloaded file, and a welcome message will greet you. Underneath the message, there is a button labeled as Open Preferences, and click on it. Now tap on edit password and change the password for additional security.
If you are running on Mac OS 10.14 or later. Then you have to allow AirMessage automation access for sending and receiving iMessage. When you open the app, you will be prompted for AirMessage automation access. If you accidentally rejected, then you can enable it from System Preferences => Security and Privacy => Privacy => Automation.
Another prompt will appear, asking permission for reading your messages on your Mac device. You can enable the access from System Preferences => Security and Privacy => Privacy => Full Disk Access and add AirMessage.
The AirMessages server needs to be available at every time. For this to happen, you need to adjust Sleep Settings on your Mac system. You can adjust the Sleep Settings by navigating to System Preferences => Energy Saver.
Moreover, when we close the lid of the Mac laptop. All of the background running apps will stop working. We are using AirMessages as a server. Then I recommend that you use the built-in Keep-Awake utility tools.
IP address changes from time to time. This causes connectivity issues. To ensure reliable usage of the AirMessage we have to make a few changes. AirMessages uses a procedure known as Port Forwarding. This allows devices from outside your network to connect with devices inside the network.
To avoid this issue, a Dynamic DNS Server is used which tracks the changes of your IP and updates it. This will make sure that you always connect to the server without any delay.
Find Local IP Address
- The IP address of your system is required for Port Forwarding.
- It is located in System Preferences => Network.
- Now select the network in the left panel.
- The IP address is shown in the right panel.
- Copy the address it is required in the next step.
Configuring Port Forwarding
Connect to your router’s default gateway address in your browser. If you don’t know what it is, you can find it here.
- Wi-Fi: System Preferences > Network (Wi-Fi selected) > Advanced… > TCP/IP > Router:
- Ethernet: System Preferences > Network (Ethernet selected) > Router:
- Enter your credentials and log in to your router interface
- Navigate to port forwarding settings. It can sometimes be hidden under advanced settings.
- Create a new port forwarding entry with:
- Your server computer’s local IP address (the one you found earlier)
- Your server’s port, which is 1359 by default (if a range is required, then put the same value as start and end range)
- Type TCP
Now press the save button to apply changes.
Connecting AirMessage Android App with Mac
- Download the AirMessage For Android by clicking on the LINK.
- Now open the AirMessage app on your android device.
- Enter the server address and password.
This is all that you need to do. Now you can send and receive iMessage from Android devices with AirMessage.
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