Being able to manage – send and receive – SMS and iMessages from your desktop browser is a huge convenience that is now available for jailbroken iOS 8 devices with Remote Messages. Check it out after the jump.
Back in 2011, an app by the name of AirDroid became the first mainstream app to allow you to manage your Android smartphone – including sending and receiving text messages – from the browser. It is only in late 2014 that Apple created something similar in the form of Continuity for OS X Yosemite. This, still, only solves managing remote messages for people who are deeply entrenched in the Apple ecosystem. The rest of us still have to type on a virtual keyboard on a small screen to manage text messages.
Thanks to the vibrant jailbreak development community, there is now a reasonably good solution – Remote Messages – for sending and receiving text messages or iMessages from your browser, meaning you can manage messages from literally any platform including Windows, Android, ChromeOS, and more.
Remote Messages calls itself a ‘browser-based front-end for the iOS messages application’. You can send and receive SMS text messages, iMessages, attach and view files, view your camera roll, create drafts, search for old messages, see typing notifications from other people, access your contacts, and also view signal strength, and battery status.
It does not look remotely (pun intended) as nice as the native Messages app for OS X Yosemite, but it gets the job done on any platform that comes with a web browser. Remote Messages works in mobile browsers, too, so you can basically send and receive iMessages from your Android or Windows Phone if you want!
Remote Messages is available for the reasonable price of $3.99 from Cydia under the BigBoss repo. This is a small price to pay for such a useful solution to a definite inconvenience iPhone users face when they are using their desktops or laptops for real work, and they have to pull out their smartphone just to reply to a text.