There were alternatives in the past for older iOS versions such as Remote Messages, but they were never updated with iOS 10 support. In addition to that, without tweaks like this, it's impossible to send messages from Windows computers, so this tweak can come in pretty handy if you're someone who sends a lot of messages.
In order to download AirMessage, you first have to download it from Sparkdev's repo, by purchasing it for $3.99. Once you have it installed, go to your Settings.app and locate the tweak settings. You should see the following:
First, enable it with the toggle switch at the top, and decide which port you want to access it from, the number is up to you, it doesn't really matter as long as something isn't already using that port.
On the second half, you can see the authentication section, decide whether you want to use a username and password, and once you're done changing all of the settings, tap "Respring," so that your changes take effect.
Once you have it all set up, you can now log in to the web UI by entering the IP address, and port number, then typing your username and password that you set when prompted. Then you'll be presented with the iMessage-esque web UI:
Then you should be good to go once you are logged in, and both devices are on the same WiFi network. If they are on different networks, then USB tunneling is required.
In addition to being a fully-featured web client for iMessage and SMS, it also supports the following:
- Messages.app inspired user interface
- Desktop notifications
- Sound effects
- Contact images
- Flipswitch support
- Tunneling support, as mentioned, via iFunbox or iProxy
- Activator integration
And much more.
The developer also plans to add iOS 9 support (currently iOS 10 only), animations, sending media, and so on.
Again, this is available on Sparkdev's repo for $3.99. You can head to the repo by tapping the button below:
You can also contact the developer on Twitter at @SparkDev_ if you have any questions.
What do you think of AirMessage? Feel free to let us know in the comments section below.