Apple’s iMessaging tool is a very popular and powerful one. iMessages allow every user to send and receive messages that are encrypted. In addition to this, users can also send and receive videos, voice notes, and images.
Unfortunately, if you’re an Android user, iMessage hasn’t always worked for you. However, there is a way for you to use iMessage on Android. Some tech aficionados decided that they wanted to use this popular message service and created a way to make it possible.
Buying an iPhone
A very easy way to get access to iMessages is to buy an iPhone. However, this brand of cell phone is not for everyone. Some people prefer to use Android phones; others don’t want to pay hundreds of dollars more for a handset.
So, before you even consider buying an iPhone, it might be worth your while trying a third-party app. An app such as this could allow you to use iMessage as and when you please.
Why iMessages aren’t meant to be used on Android?
It’s fair to say that Apple likes to be a manufacturer of all things unique. Apple has, in recent years, developed some incredible products. It’s understandable that the brand would want to keep these specialist products under wraps or out of the hands of Android users.
However, there are some differences between iMessages and those you’d send on an Android. The differences include:
- iMessages have built-in end-to-end encryption, which makes them safer to use.
- Every iMessage a user sends can be read on their iPad, Macbook, and Apple computer. They can also be read on other devices that the user may have, just by synching them.
- When an iMessage is successfully sent, the sender will be notified when it has been delivered. It can also display when the message has been read if the recipient allows it.
- iMessage allows users to send special effects and stickers when they send specific messages. For example, when a user types “Congratulations,” a confetti-like effect is sent.
- The “Live Typing” feature shows the user when the other person is typing.
These are all features that Apple seems to be proud of and may want to limit them to Apple devices.
There are a number of third-party apps that can allow users to set up iMessage on their Android phones. AirMessage and weMessage are two such apps and work in a similar way to Apple’s iMessage. However, you do need to have a Mac with you so that you can upload and download the apps. This could prove problematic to people who use Linux and Windows operating systems.
It would be a shame if you felt the need to spend at least three to four hundred dollars on a Mac just so you could use iMessages. It may, therefore, be worth your while buying an iPhone instead.
Why Apple doesn’t want iMessage on Android?
A former Apple employee who did not want to be named explained why Apple does not want iMessages on Android. Allegedly, Apple said they would be hurt if iMessages were available on Android devices.
Adding iMessages could encourage more people to purchase Android devices. This is not something that Apple wants. Naturally, they want their loyal fans to stick with them rather than go to their competitor. Some people could be more than happy to spend a lot less on an Android device if they knew they could benefit from using iMessages.
But Apple does not need to worry too much. While there are a number of third-party apps available, some are not thought to be very reliable. Only a select few are thought to be any good, but users can find it hard to know which apps will work well.
Back in 2013
Back in 2013, Apple made the decision not to develop its iMessage service for Android. This was following the launch of the iOS 5 in 2011 that first saw iMessage being launched.
It’s safe to say that Apple could have developed an app that is suitable for Android users. It would have meant that both Apple and Android users could communicate with each other very easily. However, as we are aware, no such app was developed.
iMessages and FaceTime
Another reason why iMessages are not available on Android devices is down to FaceTime. FaceTime is a great way for Apple users to get in touch with other Apple users. It makes face-to-face contact seem easy.
Adding iMessages to Android devices may have meant that FaceTime would have to be added too. This would undoubtedly cause a lot more work for the makers of the iPhone. It was probably far easier for them to add FaceTime to their iPads, Macs, and other devices. Throw in Android devices, and FaceTime’s exclusivity would not exist in the same way.
For the time being, iMessages are likely to only be available on Apple’s devices and a few trusted third-party apps. It’s safe to say that Apple doesn’t want to let its much-loved iMessaging service into the public domain as yet. Time will tell if Apple changes its mind.