Android App 'weMessage' Lets You Get iMessages on Your Android Smartphone With a Mac

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    There's no official way to get iMessages on a non-iOS device like an Android smartphone, but a new Android app aims to provide a workaround, at least temporarily. weMessage is designed to allow you to get iMessages on an Android device, but for it to work, a Mac is required.

    weMessage uses a weServer app on a Mac, which takes iMessages that are delivered to a Mac and forwards them to an Android smartphone or tablet. As described by the developer on reddit, the weServer app acts as a bridge between a Mac and an Android device, using Accessibility features to tap into Apple's Messages app for the Mac.

    According to the developer, all iMessage features are supported, including group chats, attachments, notifications, Do Not Disturb, content blocking, and more, with notifications enabled by sending messages to the Google Firebase platform.

    Unfortunately, while this appears to be a solid attempt at routing iMessages to an Android device based on reddit comments, this is not an app that's likely to last. Similar apps and methods of forwarding iMessages to Android devices have popped up in the past, but have been shut down by Apple.

    It's likely Apple will require the developer to shutter the app, and it may soon be removed from the Google Play Store, but in the meantime, it's available for any Android users who also have a Mac and want to experiment with iMessage.

    There have been rumors suggesting Apple has considered an iMessage app for Android devices, and Apple even reportedly created detailed mockups of what such an app might look like, but there has not been concrete evidence that an Android iMessage app has ever been in the works.

    Apple execs are said to believe that iMessage, as a "superior messaging platform," helps to spur iPhone, iPad, and Mac sales, suggesting iMessage is not likely to expand beyond Apple's devices anytime soon.

    The developer behind weMessage was originally charging $2.99, but it's now available to download for free.

    Article Link: Android App 'weMessage' Lets You Get iMessages on Your Android Smartphone With a Mac
  2. klydefrogg macrumors newbie

    Dec 12, 2012
    I might consider iMessages "superior" if it played nice with other platforms, but, alas, that's not how Apple does things.
  3. dotKevinWong macrumors newbie


    Dec 12, 2017
    Philadelphia, PA
    How will Apple block it through Google Play? That's what I don't understand. I can understand that they can block access to accessibility in macOS through an update but that you can get around that by allowing malicious apps.
  4. WAM2 macrumors 6502a


    Jan 6, 2011
    United States
  5. jonnysods macrumors 603


    Sep 20, 2006
    There & Back Again
  6. elmateo487 macrumors 6502a

    Jun 12, 2008
  7. TheAppleFairy macrumors 68020


    Mar 28, 2013
    The Clinton Archipelago unfortunately
    So the Mac needs to stay on in order to receive iMessages on the android? If so this is D.O.A.
  8. Pakaku macrumors 68010


    Aug 29, 2009
    Wasn't iMessages supposed to end up an open standard and they failed to bother, or am I thinking of something else?
  9. FelixDerKater Contributor


    Apr 12, 2002
    Nirgendwo in Amerika
  10. Ken Linger macrumors member

    Ken Linger

    Jul 18, 2016
    Phoenix, AZ
    Those of us who have been messaging for 20 years will probably notice that Apple is in the place AOL was back in the 90s.

    That is, AOL had AOL Instant Messenger (AIM - just recently shutdown) which was THE standard for instant messaging for both AOL users and non-users alike. Competitors came around (Yahoo, MSN Messenger, etc.) and everyone complained that AIM wasn't open to integration. You had to run each messenger as a separate app but eventually, some of the smaller players integrated their's with each other. AOL did not and there was no API for 3rd parties to use in a universal communicator. Other communicators were better, feature-wise, but most of the world was using AIM. When asked "why not?" they had some lame excuse like "complexity." (translation - what do WE get out of it?)

    Only after AOL started losing marketshare in droves did they begin to allow others to integrate. By then, anyone with an address was the laughing stock of the Internet and the biggest use was for an aggregator like Trillian, Pidgin, etc. to allow messages to Grandma who still swore AOL = Internet.

    Right now, Apple is in the "What do WE get out of it?" stage.
  11. fairuz macrumors 68000


    Aug 27, 2017
    Silicon Valley
    Not worth. Also, you have to keep your Mac on (not asleep) at all times to do this, right? I've dealt with using my Mac as a server in the past and am not going back there.
  12. mariusignorello macrumors 65816

    Jun 9, 2013
    Yep it’s a relay system.
  13. kd8nzg macrumors newbie

    Aug 4, 2015
    Salem, OH
  14. TheAppleFairy macrumors 68020


    Mar 28, 2013
    The Clinton Archipelago unfortunately
  15. Manatlt macrumors 6502a

    Aug 26, 2013
    London, UK
  16. Winni macrumors 68040


    Oct 15, 2008
    Exactly. People want to communicate across borders and artificial boundaries and will always find a way to do so. Closed platforms, protocols and applications never stand a chance against open standards.

    Would anybody accept it if an iPhone could only call other iPhones?
  17. GrumpyMom macrumors 604


    Sep 11, 2014
    Given that it’s possible to send texts, even group texts, as sms to an android user and vice versa, this app is probably going to be considered more work (and electricity) than it is worth.
  18. Sasparilla, Dec 13, 2017
    Last edited: Dec 13, 2017

    Sasparilla macrumors 6502a

    Jul 6, 2012
    Interesting - only for experimentors and dedicated hobbyists who want this. Sad Apple hasn't chosen to make iMessage multiplatform - they're really blowing their chance to make it a multi-platform standard (fear of losing lock-in isn't a good reason to not do it).
  19. topmounter, Dec 13, 2017
    Last edited: Dec 13, 2017

    topmounter macrumors 68020


    Jun 18, 2009
    FEMA Region VIII
    I haven’t turned off either my iMac or my Mac Mini for any period of time (other than extended power outages or rearranging my office) since I bought them. My headless Mac Mini is set to never sleep.
    --- Post Merged, Dec 13, 2017 ---
    Yep, I would use iMessage if there was an Android app. 5 Macs, 3 iPads and a Google Pixel... Apple should be happy with two out of three platforms. I wouldn’t sub to Apple Music if they didn’t have an Android app and I can’t and won’t switch back to an iPhone for multiple work and personal reasons.
  20. barkomatic macrumors 68040

    Aug 8, 2008
    I didn't buy an iPhone for iMessage that's for sure. The fact that it doesn't work on some of my friends and coworkers devices hardly makes it "superior". That's just Apple drinking it's own Kool Aid yet again.
  21. TheAppleFairy macrumors 68020


    Mar 28, 2013
    The Clinton Archipelago unfortunately
    That crossed my mind, and I have a windows server that has been running for years, but what percentage of Macs are laptops? More importantly what percentage of Macs out there are not laptops that people leave on, that are also android users that also care about getting iMessage on their android. The demographic suddenly shrinks.
    --- Post Merged, Dec 13, 2017 ---
    That is the beauty of iMessage is that when using on an iPhone automatically switches to a text message if user isn’t on an Apple device.

    Not defending Apple, but that have pretty good coverage for that matter.

  22. TwoBytes macrumors 68030


    Jun 2, 2008
    Whatever wins will have to be cross-platform. Whatsapp and *insert the name here of similar services* are and a reason why iMessage sucks.
  23. scottcampbell macrumors regular

    Aug 7, 2017
  24. JGIGS macrumors 6502a


    Jan 1, 2008
    Unless an Android app and web based or PC version of imessage get released I avoid it like the plague. I have to keep using whatsapp which is technically not the best messaging app but everyone uses it. If whatsapp could let you back up on a drive on ios other than icloud and have backups work on both Android and ios then it would be about as good as it gets. Pretty annoying if you like switching platforms all the time.
  25. Soccertess macrumors 65816

    Oct 19, 2005
    Tim cook looks around the office and thinks, everyone around me has imessages, I guess everyone in the world does as well!

    The people around me with iphones keep dwindling. I can't remember anyone converting to iphones. I see existing lots of Apple users upgrading, but never any new converts, just people getting sweet Androids and using google now :)

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