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Google Messages for Desktop

Google Messages Home Page

A "native-like" desktop app for Google Messages. This desktop app is supported by both Nativefier and Electron version ^1.7.6.

The Mac, Windows, and Linux apps can be downloaded from the latest release.


The purpose of this project is to build dedicated native-like desktop apps for Google Messages and leverage your OS's built in notification system.

This desktop app and project is not an official product of Google and I am not affiliated with Google in any way.

Rebuilding the app

Requires nodejs


Install nativefier and make sure to have your optional dependencies set up to replace the icon.

npm install -g nativefier


nativefier --platform "mac" --icon android-messages-logo.png --name "Google Messages" "" --honest --disable-dev-tools --single-instance


nativefier --platform "windows" --icon android-messages-logo.png --name "Google Messages" "" --honest --disable-dev-tools --single-instance --tray


nativefier --platform "linux" --icon android-messages-logo.png --name "Google Messages" "" --honest --disable-dev-tools --single-instance

Notifications on Windows

To receive notifications on Windows, you'll need to do the following:

  1. Add a shortcut of this app to the Start Menu folder
  2. In the "Windows Settings" app, check if the setting for "Show notifications in action center" is on (It might be off by default)

For developers

These instructions were the result of an active issue with electron + Windows 8/10 and is resolved by setting app.setAppUserModelId(process.execPath) within resources/app/lib/main.js during electron initialization:


const {app, shell} = electron;

app.setAppUserModelId(process.execPath);  // Include this line

function getFilenameFromMime(name, mime) {
  const exts = extName.mime(mime);

Ubuntu Shortcut

Submitted by user FlorentLM, to create a shortcut for the Ubuntu launcher, please do the following:

  1. Create and open the shortcut file
nano ~/.local/share/applications/Android-Messages.desktop
  1. Copy and paste the following entry inside the file:
[Desktop Entry]
Name=Android Messages
Comment=Send and recieve messages from your Android Phone

Be sure to replace /path/to/installfolder/ with your actual installation folder and Android Messages should appear along your other native apps.

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