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How to Switch to Android without Missing iMessage

Missing iMessage
Written by Saurabh

iOS devices are great. After all, everything Apple designs become a craze (or some may call it a fad). It’s the hardware and apps married together that make iOS devices fun and addictive. But, not every iPhone user loves the device. Some want to make the switch to Android. Well, they may have their reasons, but most who want to make the switch say that Android is more flexible. Though, there is something about iPhone and other iOS devices that may be holding you back from getting you an Android. It is iMessage.

iMessage is indeed a very popular messaging service among the iOS users. It looks quite like SMS service but functions in a different way. It uses the internet as opposed to SMS billing. iOS users get very used to this service. That’s probably because it is straightforward and easy to use. You can share music, videos, pictures, documents and just about everything using iMessage with the other iMessage users. Those who are used to iMessage find it tough to move on to another device platform as they will no longer have access to this service – it is exclusive to Apple devices.

So, you have spotted a great Android phone and wondering if it will be possible to buy it without having to lose iMessage. While you may not be able to recreate the iMessage on Android, you can at least have something with the same look and feel. Yes, there are a plenty of messaging apps on Android that look quite like iMessage. The objective of these apps is to give them the feeling of familiarity with iMessage. This allows the iOS users to make the switch quickly. Again, we will like to reiterate that you will not get iMessage service on the Android. Instead, you will get something with the same look and feel.

There is an incredible app on Android you will love as someone accustomed to iOS and iMessage – it is called Textra. This app seems to have been designed in the likeness of iMessage. What’s most amazing is that this app is highly customizable. You can change the look and feel of the interface completely. You can have the same blue bubble and iMessage like front which you are used to. There is a free version of the app, which is good enough for nearly all types of users. But, it does pop-up some occasional adverts. If ads annoy you and you are ready to pay to avoid them, you can buy the premium version for $2.99.

What you also need to know is that this app is a text messaging app and uses the SMS service to deliver messages. The good thing is that the recipient need not have Textra too on their device as they will receive your message as SMS. What’s not so good is that SMS messaging is becoming passé and not everyone is comfortable using them. But, it will help you during the transition period while you wean off the iMessage hangover.

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