This tutorial will help you install iMessage on Android devices. You will need a Mac computer to set up iMessage for Android. Get all the features of the official iMessage iOS app on your Android device using the weMessage application. iMessage is one of the main reasons iOS users stick to iPhone rather than moving over to the Android platform, especially if most of their friends and family members use Apple’s stock message app. There is no official support for the service on Android. Google has attempted to address this issue by launching several of its own message apps over the years but none of them can hold its own against the iMessage service. Allo tried to offer an alternative to the superior user experience of the stock iMessage app but after creating an initial buzz it has fizzled out. There is no immediate probability of Apple bringing iMessage to Android, but a workaround in the form weMessage provides a decent alternative until then.
weMessage – An iMessage Alternative for Android
weMessage for Android mirrors the entire interface including sub-menus, service features, and all the other options in the original iMessage, and brings them over to the world’s biggest mobile platform. weMessage presents the same iOS iMessage experience on Android devices. In essence, it’s iMessage for Android.
The data and services are fetched from your Mac computer which is used as a server by the app to transmit messages to an Android device. However, Apple has blocked similar tricks by developers in the past. That said, weMessage is currently working, as of this writing. We will continue to keep you posted if any further development surfaces in this regard.
weMessage is for the fans of iMessage who want to use it on Android devices.
To get weMessage to work and relay iMessage services onto an Android device, you will require access to a macOS computer and a working iCloud or iMessage account.
The weMessage developer says that they will ensure that the problems previous developers faced won’t impact their service and will continue to update the app if Apple blocks it. This is reassuring that the creator is committed to keeping the app working if any untoward development arises in the future. Until then, you can enjoy iMessage on an Android handset.
weMessage makes iMessage work on Android phones by using a server app called weServer. This server app acts as a bridge between your Android device and the Mac computer. You will need a Mac computer because iMessage app uses a Mac or iOS device to send and receive messages.
So this is how it works: suppose a message is delivered from iMessage on an iPhone, when it reaches the Mac, the weServers fetches the message straight onto your Android device. Now the message delivered from an Android device is sent to the weServer, which then sends it forward to the iPhone via Mac server. The whole process is made possible by the close integration between iOS and macOS platforms.
This is similar to the way Android notifications are pushed on a Mac computer, or how you can access Android SMS messages from a computer.
weServer is more than just a facilitator of chats; it comes with lots of dedicated features to enhance user experience with the app.
- Multiple device support – You can connect multiple Android devices and tablets to send and receive iMessages.
- Message queue – When your device is offline, all unread messages are placed in a queue so when you connect to the internet they’re automatically pushed to your device.
- Notifications – weMessage supports notifications to let you know when a message is sent and delivered.
- Automatic contact syncing.
- Log in and out of the app.
- … and much more.
Now here is the method to set up weMessage on your device to use imessage on android.
How To Install weMessage to use iMessage on Android
For weMessage to work on Android, you will need to have Java SE installed on your Mac. In most cases, it is already installed on your macOS device since many other applications use it. You will also have to install the weMessage app on your Android device, which you can download using weMessage APK from the link below.
Now before you install weMessage on your phone, set up weServer software on your Mac which requires installing Java SE developer kit. Once installed, allow it the “Terminal Rights” through System Preferences. Here is the link to download Java Developer package:
After installing the Java SE, download the weServer and extract its files. In the extracted folder, find the “run.command” file and double-click to launch it.
After the installation, launch the program and enter your iMessage email when prompted. Use the same email which is connected to your iCloud / iMessage account, and choose a new password for better security.
- weMessage-1.2.6,apk (18.52 MB)
That’s it. You can start using iMessage on your Android phone. If for some reason the app doesn’t work, wait for the next update to arrive as the developer claims that it will keep working to ensure Apple’s restrictions don’t affect this app.
You can find more information in the installation guide at the weMessage setup page here.
Let us know how the installation went for you and share your feedback about iMessage experience on Android by sending comments in the section below.