How to use iMessage on a smartphone with Android

If you have an Android smartphone, you might be interested in the new AirMessage app, which allows Mac users

use iMessage on Android smartphones. However, there are several nuances.

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We will tell about these nuances below, and before it we will understand the essence of the program. AirMessage consists of a program for macOS and a mobile application for Android.

The program for Mac automatically transfers iMessage messages to an application that installs on a smartphone or tablet with Android.

iMessage on Android.

When you download a program on a Mac, it should be placed in the folder with all other programs. If you have Mojave, she will need to grant several permissions.


You need to go toSystem Settings → Security and Privacy → Privacy → Full Disk Accessand add AirMessage there. According to the developers, AirMessage will not read any data except messages.

Mojave users must also add the program toSystem Settings → Security and Safety → Privacy → Automation.

You also need to configure a dynamic DNS that will track all IP address changes. Instruction is easy to find online. The process may seem complicated, but in reality it is not.

The program can be downloaded from the AirMessage website, and it must be running for the iMessage service to work on Android.

The mobile application supports most, but not all, iMessage features. But in it there is a dark mode and customization options, including the choice of color.

Security and Missing functions

IMessage protocol uses encryption for your protection. Here is what the developers write:

Your messages are only yours and we cannotget access to them. The server runs on your computer, and all data remains on your systems. All interaction between the client and the server is encrypted, and the server itself is password protected.

There is support for the following iMessage features:

  • Sending and receiving messages.
  • Sending and receiving attached files.
  • Group chats.
  • Display read messages.
  • Receive message bubbles with effects.
  • Receiving reactions.

You cannot send reactions via AirMessage, as well asmessages with effects, messages about reading and stickers. In addition, you can not customize chats, share SMS, share location and iMessage applications.

It is not known whether there will be more features in the future, but the applications are unlikely to be available in iMessage for Android.

  • Attached files:You can receive and send images, videos and audio messages.
  • Topics:Choose colors separately for chats and contacts, and use dark mode.
  • IntegrationiMessage:Receive messages with effects available in iMessage.
  • Security:Your data is encrypted and stored only on your devices. Even encrypted data is not transmitted to other servers.

AirMessage contains no ads. The program can be downloaded for free and used without any restrictions. To use it, you need a smartphone or tablet Android 6.0 Marshmallow and newer, as well as a Mac with OS X 10.10 Yosemite and newer.

  • The Android application can be downloaded from the Google Play Store.