how to use android phone to communicate with Imessage

ramram55

macrumors 6502a
Original poster
Jul 27, 2012
738
150
What would you do to simply using an Android phone to communicate with iphone imessage users ? I am the only one with Android device, others are iphone users.
 

MRU

Suspended
Aug 23, 2005
25,312
8,706
Other
What would you do to simply using an Android phone to communicate with iphone imessage users ? I am the only one with Android device, others are iphone users.
Just communicate with them via SMS normally using the stock or any other SMS messaging application ....

If you want to send photos or video in a similar way to iMessage (ie. via data), then both you and they will have to use the same software, something like facebook messenger (no facebook account required) or whats'app or Google Hangouts etc.
 

keysofanxiety

macrumors G3
Nov 23, 2011
9,474
24,243
What would you do to simply using an Android phone to communicate with iphone imessage users ? I am the only one with Android device, others are iphone users.
We found the green-bubble guy, people! *sharpens pitchfork*

Seriously though Ram, there won't be a way for your Android phone to use iMessage. As others have mentioned, you can either communicate through iMessage by using Messages on a Mac, or any iOS device (iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch).
 
  • Like
Reactions: co.ag.2005

bufffilm

Suspended
May 3, 2011
4,226
2,496
What would you do to simply using an Android phone to communicate with iphone imessage users ? I am the only one with Android device, others are iphone users.
No biggie.

It starts with getting all their contact info and choosing an iMessage alternative like Hangouts or Duo.
 

maxsix

Suspended
Jun 28, 2015
3,102
3,683
Western Hemisphere
What would you do to simply using an Android phone to communicate with iphone imessage users ? I am the only one with Android device, others are iphone users.
Carrying an Android and iPhone daily I find industry standard SMS Text messages fast and effective.

However it's important to note I'm not interested in cutesy animations or other elements designed to thrill the easily amused. Nothing against the casual users with plenty of time to burn, I'm just not one of them.
 
  • Like
Reactions: GrumpyMom

mellofello

macrumors 65816
Feb 1, 2011
1,235
498
I have switched over to FB messenger almost exclusively. I prefer it to iMessage. You don't need to convince anyone to join it either since 95% of people have FB
 

mrex

macrumors 68040
Jul 16, 2014
3,284
1,350
europe
Sms, or apps like whatsapp, skype or signal (open whisper system).

I personaly like skype because it doesnt matter which device i use, it just works.

Right now im trying to start using Signal and inviting friends to use it aswell. It is open source so anyone can read the code, no need to worry about that there would be something else that we dont know.
 
  • Like
Reactions: timeconsumer

kasakka

macrumors 68020
Oct 25, 2008
2,064
735
I find Skype probably works the worst out of all instant messenger apps I've used. I've tried my best to steer any friends to Slack or some other service.
 

bufffilm

Suspended
May 3, 2011
4,226
2,496
Sms, or apps like whatsapp, skype or signal (open whisper system).

I personaly like skype because it doesnt matter which device i use, it just works.

Right now im trying to start using Signal and inviting friends to use it aswell. It is open source so anyone can read the code, no need to worry about that there would be something else that we dont know.
Is Skype still popular?

I get the impression that people have moved to something else now.
 

mrex

macrumors 68040
Jul 16, 2014
3,284
1,350
europe
depends on what you want... there arent many messaging apps able to video calls and being multiplatform.

if you are only looking for IM apps, then market is wide spread with several apps.
 

hallux

macrumors 68030
Apr 25, 2012
2,774
485
I have switched over to FB messenger almost exclusively. I prefer it to iMessage. You don't need to convince anyone to join it either since 95% of people have FB
I'm on Facebook but refuse to install the messenger app on my phone, as do most or all of the people in my family.
 

mellofello

macrumors 65816
Feb 1, 2011
1,235
498
I'm on Facebook but refuse to install the messenger app on my phone, as do most or all of the people in my family.
Ii have to organize events with people on the periphery of my business and social circles. FB messenger is a god send for me. When I message someone they are instantly aware of who I am, and everyone else in the group chat instead of just a bunch of random phone numbers.

From there we can easily organize into groups. The other killer feature is browser integration. My gf works in a office that discourages people from messing around with their phones. The fact that she can seamlessly transfer from Windows, to her one plus 3, to a iPad, to a MacBook and never be out of touch is absolutely killer.

The other nice thing is that many of the benefits from iMessage are fully available on FB messenger. I love to send gifs to joke around with my buddies. iMessage allows giant gifs but sms is seriously limited. FB has a pg13 gif search built right in.

If you haven't given it a shot you should
 
  • Like
Reactions: MRU

mrex

macrumors 68040
Jul 16, 2014
3,284
1,350
europe
it is... it is updated on april 2016, but it gives you abit hint what to expect.

unfortunately their newest one is still in "coming soon" state.
 

mellofello

macrumors 65816
Feb 1, 2011
1,235
498
You are under surveillance 24 hour a day now. Even if you never go on fb, just a catalog of your Google searches, combined with the cookies you collect in your internet browsing are enough to pinpoint exactly who you are.

Unless you totally unplug, they know everything about you.

You might as well take advantage of the features offered in exchange.

Just last night I got a text through messenger from a guy who I haven't spoke to in 20 years who is in town for a conference. We are going out for cocktails on Saturday, and that simply wouldn't have been possible unless he tracked down some random person from high school who still has my new number.
 
  • Like
Reactions: timeconsumer

Peepo

macrumors 6502a
Jun 18, 2009
946
372
I find that when I SMS people on Android they take significantly longer time to respond vs. iMessage users on iPhones. Does anyone else notice this?
 

timeconsumer

macrumors 68000
Aug 1, 2008
1,771
1,427
Portland
Sms, or apps like whatsapp, skype or signal (open whisper system).

I personaly like skype because it doesnt matter which device i use, it just works.

Right now im trying to start using Signal and inviting friends to use it aswell. It is open source so anyone can read the code, no need to worry about that there would be something else that we dont know.
I'm a huge fan of Signal. If I was an Android user, that would be my default SMS client. Works great for SMS and even better with other Signal users. I wish more people used it.
 
Last edited:
  • Like
Reactions: mrex

mrex

macrumors 68040
Jul 16, 2014
3,284
1,350
europe
yeah... it is abit hard trying to use when everybody else - even my bf - refuse to use it :D i quess that would help if i deleted the whatsapp account - then they would need to send me sms or just install Signal :D

edit. they are building the chrome app aswell =}
 
Last edited: