Android users can now send iMessage text messages to
iMessage is built in and has always been exclusive to iPhone and macOS
The Apple messaging service, which is recognised for the blue text bubbles, allows
Apple owners to send encrypted texts, images, GIFs, videos etc.
These messages are synced across devices, so iOS users can draft a message
on their smartphone and then send the finished message from their Mac.
Messages from Android users will appear in green bubbles.
Android users cannot join an iMessage group chat, either. Until now, that
There is no shortage of apps on the Google Play Store that claim to enable
Android owners to send blue-bubbled texts to iPhone users.
That’s not something Apple is too happy about, resulting in the prompt
shutdown of the vast majority of these apps.
WeMessage is different because it doesn’t use an exploit to bring iMessage
texts to Android, however, it does require an Apple Mac to work.
It is able to handle one-on-one iMessage conversations as well as group
chats. Android users are able to send attachments, use iMessage animation
effects, and enable Read Receipts.
WeMessage lets Android phone owners send iMessage
WeMessage is also encrypted, so your private conversations will stay
Unfortunately, the service isn’t able to access your old iMessages, so your
chat history from before you started using the app will not appear in the app.
The messaging service works by setting up a server on your macOS device to
send and receive messages via iMessage, which are then forwarded to the app on
your Android phone.
To set-up WeMessage, you’ll first need to install the company’s weServer
software on your Mac.
That will require installing a Java SE Development Kit and
altering your System Preference to give the server Terminal rights.
With that out of the way, download WeServer and load-up the
Find the file in the folder labelled “run.command” file and double-click it
to launch WeServer.
Once this launches, the app will ask for the email address associated with
your iMessage account.
Users are then required to pick a new password for their WeServer.
Once you’ve finished the set-up process on your Mac, it’s time
to install WeMessage on your Android smartphone.
After the app launches, it will ask for Mac’s IP address, along with the
email and password you’ve just used on your computer.
Once completed, your contacts should automatically populate the app so you
can start texting right away.
Going forward, it’s unlikely Apple lets the app continue to allow Android
users to send iMessage texts to iPhone owners.
It wants to keep the feature exclusive to iOS.
That said, WeMessage has already been running for over a month with no
intervention from Apple.
Scott, the developer behind the app, told LifeHacker that he’ll try
to keep it running for as long as possible.