The Apple ecosystem allows you to easily synchronize all applications and content between your Apple devices. You can even read and reply to messages on your Mac that you get on your iPhone.
However, even if you have a smartphone with an Android operating system, you also can sync your text messages to your Mac.
This article will explain how to view your Android messages on your Mac.
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Can I use Android text messages on my Mac?
By default, a Mac computer doesn’t support automatic synchronization with Android-based smartphones. However, you can get Android text messages on your Mac with the help of third-party applications for this task.
With special synchronization software, you can receive text messages on your Mac from an Android phone, and send messages. Thus, you can check all your messages on your computer without needing to pick up your Android-based smartphone.
How do I sync Android text messages to Mac?
Apple doesn’t allow using the Messages app on Android. And because of the rivalry between Android and iOS operating systems, Apple is most likely not planning to provide such an option in the future. Fortunately, there are some ways to get and send Android messages on your Mac.
Use Google Messages
Google’s official app for texting is called Messages. It allows SMS, MMS and RCS chatting. The application is free.
Here is how to use it to synchronize messages between Android and Mac:
- Open the Messages app on your Android device.
- On Mac, open any browser and access messages.google.com.
- On your desktop screen, you will see a QR code. Scan it with your Android device.
- Check the “Remember this computer” box.
- Now you can see your Android messages directly on the screen on your Mac.
Google Play market showing the Messages app
Airtext is an application that synchronizes your Android messages to your Mac. It also supports other operating systems: Windows, Android for tablet, and iOS for iPadOS.
The application is not free; it costs $4.99 per month. However, it also has a free version with some limitations. With the free version of Airtext, you can send up to five SMS or MMS messages per day and have a storage of 500 text messages overall. Also, the free version contains ads in the app.
Here is how to use Airtext to get Android messages on a Mac:
- Download Airtext on your Android device and create an account.
- Download Airtext on your Mac and log in to your account.
- Once you are logged in to the Airtext client app on both your devices, you can send and receive Android messages on your Mac.
Use SyncMate Expert
SyncMate Expert is a tool that allows syncing all data from Android to Mac, including text messages. It has free and paid versions. With the free version, you can access your contacts, SMS, and calendars. The paid version provides more options, helping to sync even media files.
Note that the free edition allows only viewing Android messages on Mac, while the paid edition also allows sending Android messages from Mac, removing SMS, and searching through SMS.
Although Apple doesn’t provide native instruments for getting Android messages to your Mac, you can do this with third-party applications, for example, with Google’s official app called Messages, which is free.
If you face any issues with the apps for synchronizing Android messages to your Mac, try to clear cache files and other junk. You can do this with MacCleaner Pro.
What’s the difference between iMessage and text messages on Mac?
Although you can get both SMS and iMessages in the Messages app on iPhone or Mac, they are not the same. You might notice that these messages have two different colors – blue and green. While iMessages work only for Apple devices, simple text messages can be sent from any smartphone. Also, iMessages work with Internet and text messages are sent using a cell connection.
Can I use Android text messages on my Mac?
You can get Android messages on your Mac and even send messages from Mac to Android devices. But you need third-party applications for this. You can use Android Messages, SyncMate Expert, Airtext or tools to sync your messages between your devices.
How do I fix when Android messages are not showing up on Mac?
Try the following to fix the problem of Android messages not synchronizing to your Mac:
- Ensure that your macOS is up to date.
- Ensure that you’re using the latest version of the app for syncing Android messages to your Mac.
- Try to sign out and re-log into your account on both your devices.
- Ensure you have a stable Internet connection. Messages can’t be synced without the Internet.
- Clear caches on your Mac. You can do this with MacCleaner Pro.