Maybe you’re not a fan of Apple devices but you still want an easy way to communicate with your friends who are using iPhones and iPads. Or maybe, you are a secret fan of the exclusive messaging app called iMessage. Whatever your reasons are, there are a few tricks Android users can do to iMessage on Android. It’s not a perfect hack because there are some functionalities you still can’t do but it gives you some of the basic features.
Of course, you can always just send a regular text message to your friend but iMessage has some really cool features that you can’t do via text or MMS. Some people just prefer Android phones because they are much more customizable. There are also fewer restrictions when it comes to changing the settings and you have the freedom to mess with the developer options. Too bad that you can’t have Apple’s clean and minimalist interface and Android’s customization. But there is a way to use one of Apple’s nice applications on your smart device.
What is iMessage?
What is the iMessage app, anyway and what does it do? Why is it so special that Android users are interested in learning how to iMessage on Android?
Let us first understand what a standard text message is. When you send a regular text message from your phone’s built-in text message application, your cellular data provider transfers that message through their network to the recipient’s number. It doesn’t matter if you have the same cellular data provider. The message will be sent as long as you have the service or the credits. You are usually charged for either an unlimited use of the service monthly or you could have a number of text allocations that you can send in a certain period.
iMessage, on the other hand, is Apple’s built-in instant messaging application. You can send texts, photos, videos, sounds, and locations quickly to anyone who has the app installed on their iPhone, iPad, or Macbook. Recently, the feature has been added to Apple Watches.
Over the years, Apple has added lots of updates in iMessage including bubble and screen effects. There are also emoji features that are really cool as well as handwriting, among others. Those are just some of the reasons why you might want to use iMessage on Android.
If you have an iPhone, whatever the model is, it works with your data service provider so that you can also send a regular SMS or MMS with people in your contact list who are not using an Apple device. It also serves as a regular text messaging app. It provides an incredible unified experience especially since you can sync your messages with your computer and send and receive them on different devices as well.
Other great effects featured in iMessage that would make you want to iMessage on Android include turning the whole screen into balloons, confetti, shooting stars, and more.
The biggest difference between an iMessage and a regular SMS or MMS is that you need an internet connection to use it. That means your Apple device needs to be connected to a Wi-Fi network or you need your 4G LTE or data to be activated. You cannot send an iMessage using only your text credits. It’s like an exclusive FB Messenger service for Apple users. If you send an iMessage without data or internet connection, your message will be converted to an SMS or MMS. You will know when a message is sent as an iMessage if the color of the bubble is blue. If it’s a regular SMS, the bubble will be color green.
Steps to iMessage on Android
So, what do you have to do in order to send an iMessage on Android? First of all, there is no official way that you can get the iMessage app on a non-iOS device to iMessage on Android. However, there is a simple workaround for you to use the service unofficially on your Android device. Here are a few apps that you can use.
This is an Android app that you can download from the Google Play Store. Simply search for the app and install it on your device. Here is how it works.
The app uses a server on a Mac which takes iMessages that are delivered from a Mac and sends them to an Android smartphone or tablet. As described by the developer, the server acts as a bridge between an Apple computer and an Android device, using accessibility features.
Features that are supported by this app include group chats, attachments, notifications, and more. While this is a very effective way to route iMessages to Android devices, it’s likely that it could get shut down by Apple in the future.
Another app that could allow Android users to iMessage on Android is PieMessage. It’s a special project that is still in the development stage. Be warned that you should only install this on your device if you are an experienced Android user and know how to work your way through the system settings.
SMS for iMessage
You can also use SMS for iMessage to iMessage on Android. It’s an app that is available in the Google Play Store that routes your SMS from your Mac’s iMessage client to your Android phone. Obviously, you would need to have a Macbook for this to work.
When you set up the service, the app will walk you through the process of adding your SMS to iChat account. You will have to set it up in your laptop and you’ll be able to send receive messages from your Macbook’s iMessage app.
However, the app only allows you to send and receive 5 free messages on a daily basis. If you want to send more than that, you would have to subscribe to it with an annual subscription in the Pro version. It’s still a low price for Android users to iMessage on Android and enjoy the many benefits of Apple’s exclusive app.
The way it looks, there doesn’t seem to be a possibility for iMessage to be officially available on Android so for now, these few tricks could help.