How to Play iMessage Games (with Steps and Photos)

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How to Play iMessage Games (with Steps and Photos)

Did you know your iPhone’s iMessage app allows you to play games besides texting? While many people use it to chat with their friends, one undiscovered feature of this app is the iMessage games. You can even play while texting with someone! Pretty cool, right?

To play iMessage games, you need a stable internet connection and the game downloaded on your phone. If you’re playing with your friend, they must also have the same game installed on their iPhone. 

The good thing is downloading and playing iMessage games on your iPhone is not rocket science. But, can you play iMessage games on your Android phone? Yes, but through a third-party app. This guide will discuss how to play an iMessage game and make your life more enjoyable. 

How to Play iMessage Games on iPhone: A Step-by-Step Guide

Here is how you can enable, download, and play iMessage games on an iOS device or iPhone. Follow these simple steps!

Step 1: Enable iMessage From Settings

First, you must ensure that iMessage is enabled on the device. For that, open Settings, scroll down, and select Messages. On the next screen, turn on the toggle next to iMessage. This will enable the app on your phone.

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From the Settings menu, go to Messages, and toggle the icon next to iMessage to turn it on (it will be green when turned on).

Step 2: Open Messages and Create a New Message

Now, launch Messages on your iOS device and start a conversation with the friend you want to play the iMessage game with. Simply tap on the conversation or the New Message option in the top right corner of the screen. Enter the info of the friend you want to play the game with.

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Open the Messages app and tap on the Create New Message icon in the top right-hand corner.

Step 3: Tap the App Store Icon 

As the conversation opens, find the App Store icon from the options available above the keyboard and tap on it. It is blue-colored with a white A.

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Tap on the App Store icon.

Step 4: Find “Play Games on iMessage”

On the Apple store page, scroll down till you find Play Games on iMessage. You can either tap the search bar or tap See All to view a  list of games. The See All option will be present next to Top Free.

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Find Play Games on iMessage and either tap on the search bar and search for a game or click See All.

Step 5: Download a Game

Next, browse through the list and find the game you find interesting. Tap on Get to download the game. In the iMessage app, some games are free, while others require in-app purchases. We think the best iMessage games app is GamePenguin

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Find the app you want (we like GamePigeon!) and tap Get.

Step 6: Find the Game in the Toolbar

After the installation, the game will be available in the toolbar on the top of the keyboard in iMessage. Swipe the bar on the left side to see other games installed. 

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Swipe from your toolbar until you find the GamePenguin logo. Click on it.

Step 7: Choose a Game in GamePenguin

Launch GamePenguin and choose any game from the total 24 games available. Here we have chosen 8 Ball. Tap on the blue send button to send the game in the conversation. 

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Pick the game you want then tap the blue send icon to send the game in the conversation.

Step 8: Launch the Game and Play

Tap on the game link and play your move. The person you’re playing with may have to download the game on their iPhone to play it. Once you send the move to them in the game, they will receive the link to install it on their phone. 

As your friend installs the game, you’ll be able to start playing with them. Wait for them to make their move, and you’ll receive a notification when they do. Tap on it to play your next move. And that’s it!

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Tap on the game and make your move, and your opponent will receive a notification to join the game.

Can You Play iMessage Games on an Android Phone?

It’s typically impossible to play an iMessage game on Android, as iMessages are only compatible with Apple devices. The devices that send and receive the messages are end-to-end encrypted in iMessage, and only Apple devices know how to decrypt them.

However, if you are still willing to play the iMessage games on your Android phone, you can do so through weMessage. The app combines iMessage’s cloud messaging with Android smartphones, offering almost all iMessage features.

There are some things your Android phone must have to play an iMessage game. First, of course, you will have to download weMessage on your phone while keeping the below things in mind:

  • You should have an Apple ID to access the iMessage app.
  • You’d also need a Mac with macOS 10.10 or a later version.
  • Ensure that your Mac device has Java 7 or a later version downloaded and installed.
  • Your Android smartphone should have an Android OS 5.0 or above.

You need macOS to play iMessage games on your Android phone. All the iMessages on your Android phone will pass to the Apple device in two steps. First, the weMessage’s server receives the messages. Then, in the following step, it sends these messages to iMessage, which sends them to macOS and the Android device.

All the messages sent with the weMessage app are encrypted by Apple through its security system. Follow the steps below to learn how you can play iMessage games on your Android through the weMessage app.

Step 1: Download Java SE Development Kit on MacOS

First, you must download the Java SE Development Kit on your Mac and install it. Then, you’ll have to modify its System Preferences to give your server access to terminal rights to exchange messages between your Android and Mac. 

You can visit Oracle’s official website to download the latest Java for your Mac OS. 

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Install the Java SE Development Kit.

Step 2: Install weMessage on Android

Meanwhile, install weMessage on your smartphone from Google Play.

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Download weMessage.

Step 3: Download the weServer Zip File 

Next, you’ll need to install the weServer zip file compatible with your Mac’s operating system. For that, enter wemessageapp.com on your browser to find a downloadable zip file. Once downloaded, extract the file named run.command from the weServer zip folder. Then, open it by double-clicking on the icon.

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Extract the run.command file from the weServer zip file.

The next step is to connect the iMessage with the weMessage app. Open the weMessage and enter your primary iMessage email to connect both apps. Always choose a strong password for better security.

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Connect weMessage to iMessage.

Step 5: Add Contacts to the weMessage App

weMessage is now installed on your Android. Simply enter your friends’ contact info one after another into the app and start using the iMessage services.

Step 6: Connect the weMessage to Your Mac

Now, on your smartphone, open the weMessage app and click on Continue. Allow the app to access the iMessages. You may also turn on the toggle titled Allow modify system settings next to weMessage.

Now, you’d need to link weMessage to your device. Suppose your Mac already has the weMessage server, and both your devices have joined the same internet network. In that case, the weMessage app on your Android will automatically connect to your Mac.

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Toggle Allow modify system settings so the toggle is green.

Step 7: Manually Enter the Mac IP Address in the Android

If your devices don’t connect on their own, you can manually provide the Mac IP address in the weMessage app on your Android. For that, open System Preferences, select your network, and then Advanced, TCP/IP. You can easily see your Mac’s IP address here written as an IPv4 address.

Finally, enter the IP address of your Mac and your credentials in weMessage on your Android. Then, choose Sign In to connect both devices. Once you sign in, the app will open the conversation screen where you can easily send and receive messages, videos, audio, etc., to and from your Android smartphone to iMessage.

Note: remember that you can only connect your macOS and Android phone through the weMessage app when both devices are connected to one wireless network.

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Connect the devices.

Can You Play Games With a Friend Through weMessage?

Now that you know how to play iMessage games on your Android phone you’re probably wondering if you can still enjoy them with a friend. The good news is that you can play iMessage games with a friend through weMessage. If they have an iPhone then you’re good to go once you’ve got weMessage connected on your phone. However, if they have an Android phone then they will also need to follow the steps above and download weMessage to connect to the iMessage system.

Final Thoughts

Contrary to popular perception, iMessage is not only to send or receive messages, video, and audio to iPhone users. Instead, you can also play iMessage games on your iPhone and iPad and have fun with some friends. The good thing is that the setup process is pretty easy.

If you have an Android phone, you can still play iMessage games. All you have to do is install the weMessage app on your phone and follow the steps mentioned above to enjoy fun games anytime, anywhere.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How does iMessage work on an iPhone?

iMessages are photos, texts, or videos that iPhone users send to other iPhone, iPad, Mac, or iPod Touch users through Wi-Fi or cellular data. These messages are encrypted by the Apple security system and appear in blue or green bubbles.

To enable or disable iMessage on your device, navigate to Settings, Messages, and turn the toggle next to iMessage.

Can you still play games through iMessage?

Yes, you can play games through iMessage. First, start a conversation, tap on the Apple store, and download the game you want. Then, find the game above the keyboard in your messages app and tap on it to play.

Does the iPhone still have iMessage games?

Almost all the latest iPhones have iMessage apps. It is a built-in feature that allows users to download various iMessage games on their iPhone, including bowling, 8 Ball, and mini golf.

How do I turn on iMessage games on my iPhone?

To play iMessage games on your iPhone, launch the iMessage app and tap on the conversation you want to play the games with. Next, tap on the app store icon present above the keyboard. Then, choose the game you want to play and select Get to install it on your phone.

What's the iMessage game app called?

GamePigeon is the best iMessage game that allows players to play various games in conversations with nearly 24 games to choose from.

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