Setup Automata for iMessage
Download the latest version of Automata by logging in to the Automata Dashboard and then clicking on
Downloads in the navigation bar.
Download and install the desktop app.
If you can't run the app, try this solution.
Open Automata and login. Once you have been logged in, you will be taken to a page to configure your messaging apps
If you are not automatically redirected, click on the menu icon on the top left and click on
Click on iMessage. Click on
Send iMessage then click on
If it's your first time using Automata, you will be asked to grant Automata permission to send iMessages for you.
Click "ok" to grant permission. You should now receive a prompt in Messages with the message
Automata permission test successful!
If you do not receive the prompt, please try the following remedy.
Automata requires full disk access for the following features:
- Export your historical iMessages/SMS
- Log responses to your automated messages (e.g. detect when a user says STOP or OPT OUT)
To grant full disk access, open "System Preferences" and click on "Security & Privacy"
In the "Privacy" tab, locate "Full Disk Access". Click on the lock to make changes. Then click on the "+" icon.
Select Automata from your Applications folder and click "Open".
On the iMessage configuration page, click on the
Export Messages tab and click on
Check Full Disk Access
Automata can now export your historical messages and watch responses to your automated messages!
Automata can send your messages as SMS to recipients who are not using iMessage. To enable this feature, you will need to setup your iPhone by going to Settings > Messages > Text Message Forwarding
After you have completed this step, you need to turn on SMS sends. On the iMessage Configuration page click on
Send SMS and click on
This is an experimental feature and bugs are to be expected. Please feel free to report bugs here.
The permissions above only enable us to send messages to existing chats, i.e. users who you have sent messages to before.
If we want to send new messages to new users, we will need 2 additional permissions:
System Events. To get started, on the iMessage configuration page, click on
Create New Chats and click on
You should receive a prompt for
System Events permissions:
OK and you will receive another prompt for
You can't directly grant this permission so click on
Open System Settings and you will be taken to the relevant Settings page. Toggle the permission on for AutomataApp:
Once the permissions have been granted, return to the configuration page and click
Check Permission one final time and you're done!