This guide will help you setup and explain how to install iMessage on Android devices with the help of your Mac computer. The main issue why many iOS users don’t want to switch or try Android is the fact that most of their friends and family use iMessage and unfortunately, Android doesn’t natively support this service. Over the years, Google has experimented and launched several messaging apps to compete with iMessage, but has always been very far behind its rival. Just recently, we saw the launch of Allo, but now it is rumoured that further development on Allo for Android has paused for a new project. And since Apple does not want to bring iMessage to Android officially, there is a perfectly working workaround now available called as weMessage.
weMessage is an Android app that allows Android users to use iMessage service directly on their phones. The basic principle behind weMessage on making iMessage work is, it uses your Mac computer as a server which uses its own iMessage app to relay the messages to an Android device. But the problem is that this has been done before and was blocked by the updates from Apple. Nonetheless, we will keep this guide updated with any further news. Through weMessage, Android users can now emulate and utilize iMessage straight on their device. Some prerequisites for this guide include a Mac OS computer and an existing iCloud / iMessage account.
The developer of weMessage claims that he will try hard to tackle the problems that previous developers couldn’t solve and will continuing updating the app if Apple’s updates blocks it. It is very nice to hear this from a developer that the app will keep on running if this kind of situation appears. Until that happens, we can enjoy this clever way of using iMessage on an Android smartphone.
weMessage – How it Works and Features
As explained earlier, weMessage uses a server app called weServer to make iMessage work on your Android phone. This weServer app is the bridge between your Mac computer and the Android device. A Mac computer is needed because iMessage only works if you send or receive messages using a Mac or iOS device.
To make this work, let’s assume a message is sent from iMessage running on an iPhone. Once the message reaches the Mac, the weServer processes the message and delivers it to the Android device. A message that is sent from the Android phone will be delivered to the weServer, which will then send the message back to the iPhone.
This is similar to how Android notifications work on a Mac computer, or how you use an Android phone’s SMS function from a computer.
weServer is not just a chat relay. It comes with several features of its own that you may find very useful. These features are designed to enhance your weMessage experience, so don’t just get the basic chat functionality:
- Multiple devices – You can connect multiple Android phones and tablets with the weServer to receive iMessage messages on all of them.
- Message queue – Message are stored in a queue which means if your phone is offline, you will eventually receive them later.
- Notifications – weServer also works a notification service to let you know when you have received a new iMessage chat on your phone.
- Logging, Commands, Contact Sync etc.
Let’s go through the instructions now on how to install iMessage on Android and setup the weMessage server and app on both, the phone and the Mac.
weMessage – How to Install iMessage on Android
You need to have Java SE installed on your Mac for the weServer app to run properly. In most cases, you may already have it installed since many other apps use it. You will also need to install the weMessage Android app on your devices. For those who do not know how to install Android APK files manually, read this.
To use iMessage on your Android device, follow the guide given below carefully:
Step 1 – Before you can install weMessage on your phone, you’ll need to set up the company’s weServer software on your Mac and that requires installing Java SE developer kit and giving it the “Terminal Rights” through System Preferences. Java developer can be download from the given link.
Step 2 – After installation of Java SE, download the weServer and extract the files from the compressed file. Find the “run.command” file and launch it by double-clicking on it.
Step 3 – The program will ask for your iMessage email after launching. Use the same email which is connected to your official iCloud / iMessage account, but pick a new password for security.
Step 4 – When done with setting up the program, you can now install weMessage on your Android smartphone through Play Store or install the app manually through APK file given below. You’ll need to enter your Mac’s IP address once it launches, along with the email and password you just used on your mac. Your contacts should all show up in the app automatically so you can start texting right away.
Size: 18.52 MB
This is it!
You should now have iMessage running on your Android phone. If for any reason you cannot get it working or run into some other problems, you will have to wait for further weMessage updates as mentioned by the developer that he will keep on working to make this app block-proof by Apple.
For an even more detailed installation guide, you can refer to the official weMessage setup page.
Let us know how the installation goes and share your experience of using iMessage app on Android device by dropping a comment below.