If you use any Apple product, such as an iPhone or Mac, you can access iMessage, Apple’s popular messaging application. For many people, this is a big reason why they stay in the Apple ecosystem and not venture out to other devices.
- How to use iMessage with Beeper on Android
- Are buzzers safe?
- Other Ways to Get iMessage on Android
But what if you want to use Android? Apple’s iMessage is a proprietary communications platform, so don’t expect an official iMessage app to appear on the Google Play Store anytime soon.
However, there are other ways to get iMessage on Android devices. One way is through Beeper, a universal chat app that lets you communicate with friends over 15 different chat networks, including iMessage.
Here’s how to set up iMessage on your Android phone with Beeper.
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How to use iMessage with Beeper on Android
Currently, Beeper is by invitation only, but you can sign up for a waiting list on the Beeper website. If you know someone with a referral code, you can request an invite from them and skip the waitlist. You need to download the desktop version before you can get the mobile app.
Step 1: Download the application from the website and install Beeper on your Mac or PC.
Step 2: Set up your Beeper account with the email you used to sign up for the waitlist. When following the on-screen instructions, be sure to verify and confirm your name, email, and username.
Step 3: We’ll provide you with a recovery code in case you need to recover your account – it’s important to keep your recovery code in a safe place.
Step 4: In the main chat application selection screen, select Short message.
Step 5: On the next screen, you can select more chat networks if you want.
Step 6: Make sure you’re viewing the Short message specific connection.If it is not selected, select it, then select start.
Step 7: Enter your Apple ID credentials, then select continue.
Step 8: If you have Two-factor authentication (2FA) Once opened, make sure to enter verification codethen select continue.
Step 9: If you want to get text messages from iMessage in Beeper, you need to make sure SMS forwarding is enabled on your iPhone and is forwarding to a device named Buzzer (Mac) At your iPhone Settings app.
Step 10: Selection continue.
Step 11: Make sure to switch SMS forwarding Opens in the desktop Beeper application.
Step 12: Download on your Android device buzzer from Google Play.
Step 13: start buzzerthen enter your account email.
Step 14: A verification code Send to your email – Enter on screen.
Step 15: verify View your chat history with Beeper for desktop.
Step 16: Once this is done, you will receive a new iMessage on your Android device.
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Are buzzers safe?
With a service like Beeper, you may have security and privacy concerns. Apple’s iMessage service uses end-to-end encryption, so how does Beeper achieve this?
Essentially, the Beeper web service acts as a relay for encrypted chat services on Beeper, including iMessage, Signal, and WhatsApp. For example, if you send a message via iMessage in Beeper, the message is encrypted on the Beeper client and sent to Beeper’s web service, which decrypts and re-encrypts the message using Apple’s iMessage encryption protocol.
What if you are real With security in mind, it’s always safer to use a native encrypted chat app than to send a message through Beeper. This is how Beeper works until these encrypted chat networks have an open API that includes full end-to-end encryption.
But there is good news to look forward to. Upcoming European legislation in 2024 will force iMessage and WhatsApp to offer interoperable end-to-end encrypted APIs. Since Beeper’s servers are located in Europe, it plans to switch to this open interface when possible.
For non-encrypted chat networks, the situation is simpler – the buzzer is just a receive and forward relay. While the networks themselves may not be end-to-end encrypted, messages sent from Beeper on these networks are encrypted using TLS when in transit to Beeper’s servers, and to the recipient’s chat service.
If you’re concerned about your privacy, it’s best to stick with your normal chat app — in this case, iMessage. However, receiving iMessages on an Android device certainly comes with a lot of convenience, and depending on your situation, you might be willing to sacrifice some security to use iMessages on your Android phone.
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Other Ways to Get iMessage on Android
Beeper isn’t the only way to get iMessages on Android, but it’s definitely one of the easier ways.
A popular alternative is AirMessage, but it takes more work to get started. You need a Mac to act as a server (meaning always powered on and connected to the Internet 24/7). Then, when you send an iMessage from your Android phone, it’s forwarded to your Mac, which sends it as an actual iMessage. When you receive an iMessage from someone else, it’s sent to your Mac and forwarded to your Android phone.
Ideally, if you have a desktop Mac, the AirMessage method will work, but it’s also possible to use a MacBook, but it’s a bit more work. For more information, be sure to check out the AirMessage Installation Guide.
There’s also BlueBubbles, another app similar to AirMessage. One key difference, however, is that BlueBubbles doesn’t require a constant connection to your Mac to work. BlueBubbles don’t even connect directly to your Android phone when not in use, which also helps save battery power.
Another option is Sunbird, another multi-service chat app that includes iMessage, SMS/MMS, Facebook Messenger, and WhatsApp. It also has a waitlist like Beeper, but unlike Beeper, you only need an Android phone to set it up—no personal servers, Apple devices, or even desktop software required. While it’s coming to Google Play and other Android stores soon, the only way to check it out right now is to become an alpha tester configured in the Sunbird Discord server.
It’s worth noting, however, that Sunbird itself doesn’t have much background, which may make some people wary. In contrast, Beeper’s co-founder is former Pebble CEO Eric Migicovsky, which gives Beeper a little more credibility.