iMessage is enormously popular across iDevices. From Apple Pay Cash, video calling, audio calling to the latest sensation “Animoji,” it's got plenty of hot ingredients to let you express all the vibrant colors of your feelings. Unfortunately, it's available only on iDevices. Charmed by the unmatched security and great features, many folks always crave to use iMessage on their Android device.
If you are one of those Androids users who are willing to put their hands on iMessage, you couldn't be happier to know that there are a couple of apps that allow you to take some slice out of Apple's messaging app. First things first, the process involves a bit of workaround, and you must need a Mac to get over the line. I know it's not the right solution at all. But we don't have any alternative—at least for now.
How to Get iMessage on Android Device
Set Up weMessage to Use iMessage on Android
weMessage lets you chat with your friends using Apple's iMessage. The app supports almost all the major features like group chats, easy customization, attachments, read receipts, built-in video player, and web browser, notifications, contact blocking, big emoji message and more. The developer says that it also protects your messages with AES encryption. To use this app, you need to have a Mac with active iMessage account.
Step #2. As the app isn't available from Apple's official Mac App Store, you will have to modify your Security & Privacy settings to install this app on your Mac. Once it’s installed, open it and follow the instructions to set it up.
Step #3. Next, open the weMessage app on your Android device. Then, sign in using IP Address, email, and password. When you have signed it, you are ready to go.
The weServer app will turn your Mac into a server to relay iMessages to the weMessage Android app.
It basically takes iMessages delivered to your Mac and forwards them to an Android smartphone or tablet.
As stated by the developer on Reddit, the weServer app works as a bridge between a Mac and an Android device.
“weMessage works by using Apple's developer tools that hook into the Messages app, as well as by turning on Accessibility features that will perform the message sending. There was zero reverse engineering involved in the creation of this app, so all messages being sent are legitimate. In addition, I believe this implementation is fair, as you still need to have an Apple device to use iMessage, but it is merely being extended to all devices.” – Roman Scott, the developer
Check out this quick video for additional information:
Note: There is nothing new about using Mac to relay messages to the Android device as several apps have done it. However, the apps, which were created in the past based on the same concept, have been blocked by Apple. So, we expect the Cupertino-based company to get it out of the way this time around as well.
Use “SMS for iMessage” (iChat) Android App
There is another app called “SMS for iMessage App (iChat)” for Android. It's available for free and allows you to send up to five messages free of cost in a day. After that, you will need to upgrade it to the pro version to send unlimited messages.
How does iChat work? SMS for iChat lets you route your text messages between your Mac and your Android phone.
After you download the app on your Android device, you will need to create an account. Then, you have to add your account to the iMessage app.
The best thing about this app is that you don’t need to install any app on your Mac. Besides, the setup process is less painful.
It stores your text messages up to 3 days to make offline delivery possible. For security, it encrypts your messages and removes them after 3 days.
Happy iMessaging on Android!
It's time to let us know your feedback about iMessage and the features that have charmed you. Also, tell us which one of the two apps mentioned above you have picked for iMessaging on your Android device.
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