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Messaging Mac to Android

Howie Kay
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Could you explain the various connect options for Mac to Android text messaging.  How does the Android email function like a text messenger?    I just discovered by phone the person I was text messaging was recieving the text message in email.  They messaged me back and forth as a if their email server was a text messenger.   Is the iPhone messaging different than the Mac messaging?   And facetime audio is Apple device only?
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David FavorFractional CTO
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https://www.experts-exchange.com/questions/29168583/How-do-I-send-a-text-sms-message-using-php.html asked a few minutes ago answers this question.

Sending an SMS text requires a service, like https://www.twilio.com or building your own SMS infrastructure (much time + money required).

All SMS texting is the same across all devices.

There's no Android specific text messaging, any different than say iPhones or any other OS.
Facetime is specific to Apple products only.

Apple uses their own text messenger instead of SMS when communicating with another iPhone.  You can use Messages (or older iMessage) on your Mac and link it to your phone.  A lot of people in the USA have iPhones compared to other countries, so SMS means Messages, basically a chat program instead.

Many phone companies have a site to let you use a webform to "email" sms text to the user.  You can also send email.  I used to cut and paste text to my friends that way once I knew which service they were on, since "typing on a phone" was just tedious, unless I was away from my computer.

Android phones did not have that on older versions and only used SMS.  If their android phone is using email, then that's new and I don't have a newer android phone to test.  I'm guessing that person is sitting at their desk responding to your text through email and knows which service you're on.

    Alltel @message.alltel.com
    AT&T @txt.att.net
    Nextel @messaging.nextel.com
    Sprint @messaging.sprintpcs.com
    SunCom @tms.suncom.com
    T-Mobile @tmomail.net
    US Cellular @email.uscc.net
    VoiceStream @voicestream.net
    Verizon @vtext.com (text only) @vzwpix.com (pictures and videos)
Howie KaySystems Engineer Lockheed-Retired


Thanks David for your response.

I have a contact that has a Android phone.  I have a MacBook Pro using Catalina 10.15.
According to the text messaging heading I am sending an iMessage to his email account.  
We chat back and forth without delay.  How is this possible with his email account?
I have an AT&T carrier.  How would I send  a SMS message to that person?  
And would they receive it as a text message?

I also have received several SMS messages from contacts as text messages from Amazon
and turbotax. How am I receiving them as text messages on my Mac?

Howie KaySystems Engineer Lockheed-Retired


David,  attached is png file of a chat with a Android user.  It was received as an iMessage.  My chat's are in blue text. Her reply chat is not colored.  What process was used to accomplish this translation?

imessage colorizes chats differently based on whether it was text or imessage.  Both arrive in imessage, but only other imessage chats are blue.  If they aren't blue, then it came in through the text channel.

It looks like someone created a messaging app to interface through the Mac to send imessages:
piemessage: https://www.dailydot.com/debug/imessage-on-android/
Even more recently there's AirMessage: https://download.cnet.com/news/how-to-use-apples-imessage-on-android/

Maybe his email is interfacing with his mac to send through Apple's messages app.
Howie KaySystems Engineer Lockheed-Retired


Thanks much for your help.  This is obviously a difficult subject.  But I believe for those of us tangled up in communication processing I think it's important to know what is happening in our world.   That is if we expect to continue to enjoy our world.