Ever since its inception, Apple has remained quite draconian about making its in-house messaging service, iMessage available on other platforms. Apart from refusing to build one, the company has also pulled down a multitude of third-party alternatives. Today, another young developer has launched his very own attempt at bringing iMessage to Android.
Roman Scott, a 16-year-old app developer, has introduced an app called “weMessage” which essentially acts as a relayer for delivering your iMessage conversations on an Android phone. “weMessage” looks and functions like any other messaging platform. However, since there’s no official API involved, it suffers from one significant caveat.
“weMessage” is not a dedicated iMessage client and requires an active server called “weServer” running on a Mac computer. Hence, you’re out of luck if you have a Windows PC. Furthermore, the app will only work if the Mac is connected and powered on. The app acts as a bridge between them and routes every incoming message on your Mac to the configured Android phone. The same process is reversed when you send a text or even an attachment from the phone.
Since the data is flowing through the app’s custom server, weMessage does encrypt the messages. In addition to that, for enabling notifications, your messages are temporarily uploaded to Google’s Firebase platform as well which is a bit concerning. Although the developer has added an option for disabling this. The setup is a bit strenuous especially for someone who doesn’t regularly deal with servers and dev tools. You can read more about it on the developer’s website.
weMessage comes with almost every iMessage feature there is including support for groups, read receipts, notifications, a modern interface, the ability to compose new chats, and more. It’s entirely free of cost and you can download it from here or watch it in action in the video embedded below.
“weMessage”, incidentally, is not the first app to offer a similar functionality. Multiple attempts have been made in the past and as you can tell, all of them have been dismissed by Apple. However, weMessage’s developer says the app will continue to work (except for notifications) even if Apple decides to take it down in the coming weeks since it’s merely channeling the messages. Therefore, you don’t need to worry about losing three bucks in any such event.