New app brings iMessage texts to Android phones using a clever workaround

New app brings iMessage texts to Android phones using a clever workaround
Back in the day, people expected that with the advancements in technology one day all of our remote communication would be through video calls. And while video calls are indeed quite common today, most of us don’t insist on looking at our conversation partner in real time. This is why texting has become the norm and with that came the abundance of texting apps for smartphones.

It’s no secret that among the most popular ones is iMessage. Apple’s texting app has become one of the staples of its ecosystem, offering easy messaging between owners of iPhones, iPads and Mac computers. The service became so popular that some users refuse to get an Android phone because they’d have to part ways with iMessage.

It’s not surprising then that software developers have been looking for ways to bring iMessage to Android since Apple itself would never do that (for obvious reasons). It seems the developers of AirMessage, a new Android app, might have finally solved the problem, BGR tells us.

The solution is a bit more complicated than downloading an app on your phone, but if you’re a die-hard fan of iMessage that has always wanted an Android phone, it’s definitely worth checking out!

First off, there’s one pretty significant condition to get iMessage texts on your Android phone: owning a Mac computer. Granted, chances are that if you’ve come to rely heavily on Apple’s services, you probably have one already. However, it also has to be turned on all the time as well, or at least as long as you want blue-bubble messages to reach your Android phone.

The reason for that is simple. The way AirMessage works is by providing a secure connection between the phone and the Mac computer, which is used as the de-facto sender and receiver of messages through iMessage. The whole setup process on the Mac side is a bit more complicated than the average software installation but clearly explained on AirMessage’s website. Still, the effort will be well worth it for those in need of such a service.

Once everything is set up, you’ll not only get access to the coveted blue text bubbles but you’ll also be able to send pictures, videos and any other files you want.

If you’re worried that having an intermediate between your phone and the real iMessage might compromise your privacy, you shouldn’t be. The developers of AirMessage ensure there’s no data going through any third-party servers, just your phone talking to your Mac through an encrypted channel.

The app just came out of beta and is now available for everyone to download. You can get the Android app and the server app needed for your Mac from the link below:

AirMessage

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22 Comments

1. j_grouchy

Posts: 164; Member since: Nov 08, 2016

"First off, there’s one pretty significant condition to get iMessage texts on your Android phone: owning a Mac computer." You should have led with that sentence. It would have saved me reading the whole first half of that article.

4. yonith

Posts: 223; Member since: Sep 11, 2012

The point is to get that click so either way they win :(

12. TBomb

Posts: 1205; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

Nah, you have to interact with the page or else you're just a bounce. I bet bounces are not good for their advertising revenue

2. Leo_MC

Posts: 6710; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

At least one of Apple's products has a problem with data security, if this is possible.

14. Leo_MC

Posts: 6710; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

That Gboard is useless...

3. franzfifty

Posts: 36; Member since: Feb 01, 2018

So...if i want to talk to people using iphones and imessage, i still can use my Android phone and save money on an iphone, but would need to get a more expensive Mac running 24/7 to be able to send a message like "hi there, whats up" ... ? this is the most ridiculous thing...

6. Vokilam

Posts: 1111; Member since: Mar 15, 2018

You have never used an iPhone. The beauty of iMessage is that you CAN send a regular text message from android to iMessage user. The iMac workacround is for android users to have same benefits as iPhone user.

10. franzfifty

Posts: 36; Member since: Feb 01, 2018

Beauty of imessage? An app so extremely limited to a platform is against freedom and ties you like nothing else.. there's nothing beautiful in that. RCS is the future. Hangouts did what imessage does and cross platform. The same as an iPhone user would never leave the iphone because of imessage, the same i would never consider giving up freedom of choice exactly because of Apple

13. apple-rulz

Posts: 1901; Member since: Dec 27, 2016

So enjoy you freedom of choice and stop obsessing about not having iMessage.

16. Raito

Posts: 77; Member since: Aug 15, 2014

Meanwhile,Hangouts service closed long ago lol

22. Vokilam

Posts: 1111; Member since: Mar 15, 2018

Now I know for sure you never used an iPhone. I have been using both iOS and android for years and they both have features to stick with and problems that makes you wanna smash it against a rock. Don’t be so naïve.

18. pderos

Posts: 3; Member since: Feb 26, 2019

You can get a used Macbook on eBay for $80.

5. pogba

Posts: 85; Member since: Jun 13, 2018

Why not just get an iPhone?

7. lyndon420

Posts: 6517; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

The majority of the globe uses Android. Apple's messenger app is not worth changing platforms for... especially when regular texts work perfectly fine.

8. baldilocks

Posts: 1462; Member since: Dec 14, 2008

iMessage just works better. It formats images better, it embeds video better. The quality of iMessage is just a higher level experience. I use both iPhone and Android and iMessage is just better. That being said, this article is OLD news and it’s not worth it for 99.99999% of consumers. It’s clickbait for this fading website.

11. pimpin83z

Posts: 282; Member since: Feb 08, 2019

"It formats images better, it embeds video better." Just this. Everything else you said, not so much. *also mess with both platforms.

19. pderos

Posts: 3; Member since: Feb 26, 2019

Because some people don't want one.

9. cncrim

Posts: 1573; Member since: Aug 15, 2011

Google just need to step up design a similar to iMessage and stay with one app improve it instead kept kill it and favor some something slicely better but technically it is exactly the same thing.

15. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3098; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Send messages from iPhone to Android? Simple. Toggle "Send as SMS" on the iPhone and you're done. Oh the shame of it, it'll be on those dastardly green bubbles!! I'm on Android and the wife has an iPhone. We have no issues sending messages between each other.

20. pderos

Posts: 3; Member since: Feb 26, 2019

This app is useful because rapid-fire group chats with iPhone users causes Android messaging apps to crash.

17. HumbleJ06

Posts: 95; Member since: Aug 10, 2015

I don't need or want iMessage myself, but I know there are people who wanted this on Android for a while. I just don't see the point or love for a messaging app. At least now those folks can be happy they have a way to get iMessage on their Android devices.

21. hurrycanger

Posts: 1756; Member since: Dec 01, 2013

uh... just send a regular text message. Nobody is gonna die.

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