How to Receive Text Messages From iPhone to Android

Kyle Wood

Android, Tutorials

Are you switching from an iPhone to an Android device and wondering how to receive text messages from your iPhone on your new Android phone? Well, you’re in luck! In this tutorial, we’ll walk you through the steps to ensure that you don’t miss any important messages during the transition.

Step 1: Prepare Your iPhone

If you haven’t already, make sure that iMessage is disabled on your iPhone. To do this, follow these simple steps:

  1. Open the “Settings” app on your iPhone.
  2. Scroll down and tap on “Messages”.
  3. Toggle off the “iMessage” switch.
  4. Return to the previous screen and tap on “FaceTime”.
  5. Toggle off the “FaceTime” switch if it’s enabled.

Note: Disabling iMessage is crucial as it ensures that your messages will be sent as regular SMS instead of being routed through Apple’s servers.

Step 2: Install and Set Up Google Messages App

To receive text messages from your iPhone on your Android device, you need to install and set up the Google Messages app. Follow these steps:

  1. Open the Google Play Store on your Android device.
  2. In the search bar, type “Google Messages” and tap on the app when it appears in the search results.
  3. Select “Install” to download and install the app on your device.
  4. Once installed, open the Google Messages app and follow the on-screen prompts to set it as your default messaging app.

Step 3: Transfer Your Contacts

It’s important to ensure that your contacts are transferred from your iPhone to your Android device. Here’s how:

  1. On your iPhone, go to “Settings” and tap on “Accounts & Passwords”.
  2. Select your email account associated with your contacts (e.g., iCloud).
  3. Toggle on the “Contacts” switch to sync them with your email account.
  4. On your Android device, open the Google Contacts app (or download it from the Play Store if you don’t have it).
  5. Sign in with the same Google account you used to set up Google Messages.
  6. Your contacts should now sync automatically.

Step 4: Start Receiving Text Messages on Android

You’re almost there! Now, let’s make sure you can receive text messages from your iPhone on your Android device:

  1. Open the Google Messages app on your Android device.
  2. In the top-right corner, tap on the three-dot menu icon and select “Settings”.
  3. In the Settings menu,
    • Select
      • Your connected phone number should be displayed here. If not, tap on “Phone numbers” and add it manually.
    • Navigate
      • Tap on “Advanced” and then select “Connectivity”.
    • Enable
      • Toggle on the “Connect to Wi-Fi” and “Mobile data” switches.
  4. Return to the previous screen and tap on “Chat features”.
  5. Toggle off the “Enable chat features” switch if it’s enabled.
  6. You’re all set! You should now start receiving text messages from your iPhone on your Android device.

Congratulations! You’ve successfully set up your Android device to receive text messages from your iPhone. Now you can seamlessly transition between devices without missing any important messages!

Note: Keep in mind that multimedia messages (MMS) such as photos or videos may not transfer seamlessly from iPhone to Android. If you encounter any issues, make sure to manually download them from your iPhone before switching devices.

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