iMessage is one of the most popular Apps we can find on our iPhone . Why never? It is known to be one of the most protected programs, thanks to its encrypted connection and a service expressly dedicated to Apple users. It’s safe, easy to use, and full of features. But the question is, in this context, how many of these functions are compatible with Android phones ?
Let’s start by degrees. iMessage is clearly a service that is associated for Apple users.
This includes iMacs, MacBooks and iPads in addition to the famous iPhone. It has its own way of making it clear which messages are sent through the service and which are, in effect, normal text messages.
All the messages we receive through iMessage (and are therefore encrypted and protected, as well as making us understand that the user is compatible with the functions) are colored in blue. All messages that are converted by the system and do not come from an Apple product are colored green.
So iMessage works with who has Android?
So let’s see everything we can share with our friend equipped with Android and in what format he will receive it:
Safety factor : are my messages encrypted? No, native encryption is only if both devices are from Apple.
The communication towards Android-equipped products (or those that are not Apple) do not enjoy complete encryption , but only the one that makes the two products better compatible, the one offered by the telephony provider or within the receiving mobile phone.
What really doesn’t work: Apple Pay. This sounds naturally obvious, but it’s a question that someone can always ask. What happens if I try to send requests via Apple Pay to a user with Android? We will simply see a message that this contact cannot receive or process Apple Pay requests. We will therefore have to use other methods if we intend to transfer money to the person we choose.
When the Android user sends a reaction (for example a thumbs up, or “I like it”) what we will see will simply be a message saying “A (name) liked (message)”. There are Apps with which we can send an image or a direct communication to whoever we want, but everything is converted with a format that is more compatible.
Often, this format comes in the form of an address that the Android user will have to visit: it will not be possible to view the content directly in the messenger. Practically a mess. Unfortunately, given how the iMessage system is closed , all we have to do is support this lack of suitable conversion. So what works and is not converted into addresses or simple text messages?
First of all, Animoji work in a certain sense. The animated smileys that we create are sent as video clips to Android users, but they still work. Which is definitely not bad, even if degraded in quality. Normal animoji are sent as images.
The addresses we send quietly show previews. This is because, in general, these are text messages that are processed individually by the device that sends or receives. So, nothing complicated and perfectly feasible.
And what about photos and videos? They can be sent and will be displayed inside the Android phone. Only videos are degraded in quality , and quite a lot. If the movie is really important, we can upload it elsewhere (like Youtube or Mega) or compact it in another format and send it as a normal attachment.
That’s all! Unfortunately iMessage is rather limited with respect to Android, but at least not all functions are reduced or eliminated.