How to use iMessage on Android

  • To use iMessage on your Android device, you will need to download the AirMessage app and link it to your Mac.
  • When you send a message from your Android device, AirMessage will play it through your Mac first.
  • iMessages are similar to regular texts, but they are sent over the Internet and have a distinct blue color.
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It may seem silly to some, but the envy of the “blue bubble” is real. There are a huge number of users who are getting rid of their Android phones precisely because they cannot use iMessage. Not that there is anything wrong with SMS – people absolutely love the blue iMessage bubbles.

But what these users may not know is that you are can Send and receive iMessages from your Android device. It takes some setup, and you’ll need to have access to a Mac computer, but it works just fine.

Here’s how to get iMessage on your Android device, so people can text you without getting stuck in green bubbles.

How to use iMessage on Android

To do this, you will need an Android phone and a Mac computer.

Setting up your Mac

First, you will need an Apple ID account. All iMessages must go through the Apple ID connected to your phone number.

1. Create an Apple ID on the official website and associate it with your phone number. If you already have an Apple ID that isn’t linked to your number, head to the Apple ID website and sign in, then tap Account Security And add your number.

2. Sign in to your Apple ID in your Mac’s System Preferences app by clicking sign in in the upper right corner.

System Preferences menu on a Mac, with extension "sign in" The most prominent option.

Sign in to your Apple ID account.

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3. Once logged in, head over to apple id menu and click Name, phone, email in the left sidebar.

4. Under It can be accessed at address, click plus sign.

Apple ID list on a Mac.

You will need to set your phone number as an “accessible” address.

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5. select file Telephone number option and type your number, then enter the code that was sent to you.

6. Next, open the Messages app and sign in to your Apple ID there as well.

Messages app on Mac.

Sign in to the Messages app.

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You have now set up your Apple ID on your Mac. Now, you will set up AirMessage.

AirMessage setting

Next, you’ll set up AirMessage, the app that lets you send iMessages.

1. On your Mac, head over to the AirMessage website and download AirMessage Server for macOS, then unzip the file and move the app to a file Applications Folder.

AirMessage webpage that allows you to download an AirMessage server.

Install AirMessage Server on your Mac.

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2. Open AirMessage on your Mac and create or connect an account. You will also need to give the app access to a disk.

AirMessage Server app on Mac.

You just need a Google account to sign in.

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3. You’ll also need to prevent your Mac from sleeping – if it’s asleep or the lid is closed, you won’t be able to forward your messages. Open System Preferences and then click energy saver or battery to change these settings.

Mac battery list.

You don’t have to keep your brightness high – just keep your computer awake.

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4. Next, install AirMessage on your Android device and open it.

5. Sign in to your account in the Android app and it will automatically link your devices.

6. handle blue chat icon In the lower right corner of the app and type in the number you want to send the iMessage to. A popup will appear on your Mac saying AirMessage wants to use the Messages app – allow it.

You can now send and receive iMessages directly from your Android device, as long as your Mac is running and connected to the Internet.

A text message conversation in the iMessage app.

A text message sent to the AirMessage address will appear blue – it will be an iMessage.

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