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Android Messages as a Cross-platform Desktop App

Android Messages as a Cross-platform Desktop App

Android Messages™ Desktop

Run Android Messages as a desktop app, a la iMessage. For those of us that prefer not to have a browser tab always open for this sort of thing.

Not affiliated with Google in any way. Android is a trademark of Google LLC.





Disclaimer: I have tested this with my Pixel on both macOS High Sierra and Windows 10. Normal functionality seems to work, but help testing and feedback is greatly appreciated!

Inspired by:

Based on:


Head over to the latest releases page!

  • For Mac, choose the dmg
  • For Windows, choose the exe
  • For Linux, choose either the deb, the snap, or the AppImage

Important note: The Windows app binary isn't signed. This doesn't seem to be a big problem, but please report any issues you run into on Windows that may be related to signing.

Important note 2: We currently have builds for Windows and macOS, and Linux. I've only tested on macOS and Windows 10, and would love help testing on Linux and older versions of Windows.


  • System notifications when a text comes in
  • Notification badges on macOS
  • Minimize to tray on Windows
  • TBD...

TODOs / Roadmap (rough order of priority):

  • [x] Make sure it actually works (definitely works as of v0.1.0, done via 8068ed2)
  • [x] Release signed binaries for macOS (binaries are signed as of v0.0.2, done via 8492023)
  • [x] Make an icon (done via df625ba)
  • [ ] Remove left-over code from electron-boilerplate
  • [ ] Correct tests
  • [x] Release packages for Linux (done via 41ed205)
  • [x] Handling updates (done via 625bf6d)
  • [x] Platform-specific UX enhancements (i.e. badges in macOS dock) (this specific enhancement is in as of v0.1.0, done via 8068ed2) UX enhancements and features are now being worked on with issues submitted by users
  • [ ] Release signed binaries for Windows
  • [ ] Make a website? (if it gets popular enough)
  • [ ] Support customization/custom options a la Google Play Music Desktop Player?


Make sure you have Node.js installed, then run the following in your terminal:

git clone https://github.com/chrisknepper/android-messages-desktop.git
cd android-messages-desktop
npm install
npm start

Starting the app in development mode

npm start


Run all tests:

npm test


npm run unit

Using electron-mocha test runner with the Chai assertion library. You can put your spec files wherever you want within the src directory, just name them with the .spec.js extension.

End to end

npm run e2e

Using Mocha and Spectron. This task will run all files in e2e directory with .e2e.js extension.

Making a release

To package your app into an installer use command:

npm run release

Once the packaging process finished, the dist directory will contain your distributable file.