Here’s a Weird Hack to Get iMessage on Android

Ben Stegner 27-05-2016

Apple’s iMessage supercharges ordinary text messages when going between two iPhones, adding read receipts and the ability to see when the other person is typing. When an iPhone user texts an Android phone, though, those darn green bubbles Does Apple Use Green Bubbles to Make You Hate Android Users? Blue bubbles and green bubbles might seem like a small distinction, but to thousands of Twitter users they aren't. Let's look at this phenomenon. Read More mean it’s a plain text message instead of a powerful iMessage.


On the Android side, Google Hangouts is a great all-in-one messaging app The Best All-in-One Messaging & Calling App for Android: Google Hangouts What if there was one app that could do it all? Meet Google Hangouts for Android. Read More and is probably the closest thing Android has to iMessage, but it doesn’t come standard on a lot of phones due to differences in hardware customization.

What’s someone to do when going between these platforms?

One developer has the answer: PieMessage for Android. Using a Mac as a middleman makeshift “server” to handle the transfer, the app allows an Android user to send iMessages flawlessly to iPhones.

There is a catch, though: the app is in the alpha stages, currently hosted on GitHub. The developer has made an awesome start, but wants the help of other skilled developers to make it even better and ready for prime time.

Hopefully, it won’t require a Mac middleman in the future, but even with that caveat it’s still an impressive feat.


You can try the app yourself right now, but be warned that it’s not simple. You’ll need to compile and run everything from the GitHub yourself, so this is only recommended for those with some Android development experience So, You Want To Develop Android Apps? Here's How To Learn After so many years, one would think that the mobile market is now saturated with every app imaginable to man - but that's not the case. There are plenty of niches that still need to... Read More . If you’ve got those skills, see if you can pitch in at all and help this awesome project!

Got any other tips for those who often message between an iPhone and an Android phone? Let us know in the comments!

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  1. Thomas Maher
    May 15, 2017 at 4:57 am

    I got the 3rd gen hdx 8.9 64gb version and was hoping for things I did not know and that worked.