Texting to android

Discussion in 'iPad' started by Goner259er, Mar 10, 2018.

  1. Goner259er Suspended

    Feb 11, 2018
    So I’ve decided to make the switch to android and I’d like to know a way for my kids to text me with their iPad. I guess WhatsApp won’t work on iPad. Anyone have a better app or service easy for kids?

  2. The Game 161 macrumors P6

    The Game 161

    Dec 15, 2010
    there are apps you can use for whatsapp but i've found they don't really give you notifications.

    facebook messenger seems the best option but depends on their ages and being on facebook
  3. ericwn macrumors 68020

    Apr 24, 2016
    Skype, Google Hangouts are options to send messages.
  4. kb12252004, Mar 11, 2018
    Last edited: Mar 11, 2018

    kb12252004 macrumors newbie

    Oct 10, 2013
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    ...as is Talkatone. I used both that app and Hangouts during my iPod Touch days while in WiFi range. I also had a cellular iPad at the time and both apps worked well on the go as long as I had reasonable cellular coverage. With an affordable SE in my ecosystem for the past year, these days the iPod touch serves as a telephone and texting device at a very remote seasonal residence that is completely off the grid (solar power) and miles from cellular coverage. Satellite internet feeds to an AirPort Extreme, and even with a bit of latency for telephone calls due to the satellite connection, both apps continue to work fine for both voice via (VoIP) and texting.
  5. joeblow7777 macrumors 603

    Sep 7, 2010
    I’m fairly sure that contrary to popular belief, you don’t actually have to be on Facebook to use Messenger. I think that it can be used independently.
  6. mjcharlton71, Mar 11, 2018
    Last edited: Mar 11, 2018

    mjcharlton71 macrumors member


    Nov 11, 2011
    Newcastle upon Tyne, England
    I use WhatsApp Web version, signed in on a tab in Chrome (iPad) that doesn't get closed... Stays in sync with WhatsApp on the phone (Pixel 2) quite nicely! If it loses the link, I sign out of all devices from the app on the phone, and relink again.

    Notifications aren't there really, but WhatsApp works for what I need and it means I can use the best tablet and phone (for me).

    You could sign them in to WhatsApp if they've an account, that would likely work.

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