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

Tuesday December 12, 2017 2:10 PM PST by Juli Clover

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.

weMessage works by using Apple's developer tools that hook into the Messages app, as well as by turning on Accessibility features that will perform the message sending. There was zero reverse engineering involved in the creation of this app, so all messages being sent are legitimate. In addition, I believe this implementation is fair, as you still need to have an Apple device to use iMessage, but it is merely being extended to all devices.

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.

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30 months ago
I might consider iMessages "superior" if it played nice with other platforms, but, alas, that's not how Apple does things.
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30 months ago
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 @aol.com 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.
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30 months ago
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.
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30 months ago
I don't see this lasting long.
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30 months ago
So the Mac needs to stay on in order to receive iMessages on the android? If so this is D.O.A.
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30 months ago
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.
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