An iMessage App Is Now Available for Android, but There’s a Catch

An enterprising developer has figured out a way to get Apple's popular iMessage service working on Android handsets.

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There’s an unofficial iMessage app for Android that allows Android owners and iPhone owners to live harmoniously with one another thanks to the fine art of communication.

See, that’s been the problem this whole time. There’s been no cross-compatible communication method between iPhone and Android (except for voice calls, e-mail, text messaging, the web and several others), and if you can’t communicate, how can you be expected to get along?

Anyway, an enterprising developer has figured out a way to get Apple’s popular iMessage service working on Android handsets.

There’s just one teeny, tiny, itty, bitty asterisk: In order to trick Apple’s servers into thinking Android-sent messages are coming from an Apple device, those messages apparently get routed through a third-party server in China, and you have to log in using your Apple ID and password. From the sounds of it, you’re basically trusting the app’s developer not to do anything nefarious with your Apple credentials.

As Addictive Tips reports, this has made “quite a few well-known devs” a bit uncomfortable with how everything’s cobbled together, causing the site to ultimately advise against installing the app altogether. See this discussion on Cydia founder Jay Freeman’s Google+ page for more info.

Unofficial iMessage App For Android Available For Download [Addictive Tips]

20 comments
shahnawaz11
shahnawaz11

iMessage is only meant for iOS devices which include iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch only.

BenWatts
BenWatts

Okay I have two questions. The first one is if my friend sends me an imessage to be received by this app, is sent through the third-party server? And also would this server in China have access to anything else be sides my apple ID?

BenWatts
BenWatts

Sorry for the double post

KimberlyBeaudet
KimberlyBeaudet

My issue is my step daughter has an iPhone and I have an android. Her mother likes to get her panties in a wad and turns my step daughters iPhone off. What she doesn't realize is that she can still text most of her friends and family through imessage. I, on the other hand, am true to my android phones and am trying to find a way to still communicate with my step daughter when she's in trouble. Any ideas?

netizin
netizin

Switch her iMessage off , go to settings on her phone then switch off iMessage option, or better if you have mobile phone and don't need the broadband , put her phone on airplane mode and turn off the wifi this way she just can play un-interactive games or read books she already downloaded but will not be able to send or receive anything

leahblake18
leahblake18

@KimberlyBeaudet It'd be easier if you had maybe a macbook considering you can iMessage on there. However there are texting apps you can download so both of you can communicate such as Kik, Whatsapp, Line, and Skype.

Billdope3
Billdope3

Im going to say if u want to still be able to talk to her without this third party app on ur android u can always buy a ipod touch the newer models usually come with a imessage system so if ur on wifi anywjere u will get imessages as long as u and the other person both have each others apple id or email used for the apple account. I use to fool around typing random emails into imessage to see if they have imessage because if they do it will turn blue usually and if they dont it will stay green.

ZacSurant
ZacSurant

I found the site and did a google image search on the "reviewers'" photos. All came back fake. Seems legit...

MarkKlecha
MarkKlecha

well one problem is If you had an Iphone and switched too android all of your contacts that you had using imessager will still be using imessager and  when they send you text you will never receive it.

netizin
netizin

That's correct if you didn't switch your iMessage on your iPhone before switching to android,on an iPhone go to settings,messages,turn off your iMessage,now whoever can iMessage you just because they have iPhone will not be able to send you iMessage and will be automatically sending text messages to your phone number instead.

DanielHicks
DanielHicks

This is untrue. This is a well known bug: previous iMessage users that switch to android may not receive messages from other iMessage users, but this is rare and can always be resolved with a quick call into AppleCare.

GaryDMN
GaryDMN

Who would be stupid enough to let anyone have their passwords and access to their personal info?  Android users, I guess.

sciophobia
sciophobia

@DivineOrator @GaryDMN You sound so ignorant. The NSA has the best networking and technical capacity in the world. Even if the company does not approve of giving information to the NSA they still can access it. Furthermore, do you not realize that Android OS is developed and owned by Google Inc? Which, like Apple, works with the NSA. This proves that you're ignorant. Even though I do not agree at all with the original poster I most certainly do not agree with the ignorant hypocrisy you spew. This app has servers in China, which is problematic since China is known as the king of censorship and is known as an enemy of the internet.  I trust the NSA way more than any server in China. At least the NSA doesnt use its powers for censorship.  Now, come on now, do you honestly think the NSA doesn't have access to your information because you do not use Apple products? If you do, you are a moron. I use Android, but I just can't stand your despicable ignorance and hypocrisy. The NSA has the ability to target any phone, even an HTC. Thing is, idiot, if you do not give them a reason to target you they will leave you alone. If you're doing anything illegal, then I can't blsme them. 

DivineOrator
DivineOrator

@GaryDMN who would be stupid enough to have a phone that specifically is targeted by the NSA (apple gave them the ability to) and give all their passwords, usernames, text messages, pictures, personal info everything to the NSA? Who would be stupid enough to buy a phone without a removable battery, small screen, no flash, no NFC, an age old phone? Ispyphone users apparently. 

joeknowsall
joeknowsall

How exactly is communication between iDevices and Android devices a problem? There are so many other ways to send messages...Facebook, Google Talk/Hangouts, Whatsapp, etc... on top of texting and email.

andrewslovak1
andrewslovak1

Unfortunately, iPhone users refuse to use anything other than what Apple babies them with, so they won't download/use other platforms other than imessage. And unfortunately for us awesome Android people Apple won't give us the means to do it ourselves when we are much more willing.