Can an iPhone Send Audio Messages to Android?

Modified Dec. 6, 2023, 9:11 p.m.


In today's interconnected world, it's common to find ourselves tangled in the web of different operating systems, especially when it comes to smartphones.

To send audio messages to Android using the Messages application on iPhone, you need to use the “+“ icon located at the left of the text area, and choose “Audio”.

A frequently asked question is: "Can an iPhone send audio messages to Android?" This query stems from the seamless communication iPhone users enjoy within the Apple ecosystem, but things can get a bit tricky when communicating across different platforms.

Understanding Cross-Platform Communication

First and foremost, it's essential to understand that iPhones and Android devices operate on entirely different software platforms. iPhones run on iOS, Apple's proprietary operating system, while Android phones use an open-source platform developed by Google.

This fundamental difference often raises concerns about compatibility and functionality when it comes to cross-platform communication.

The two phones don’t share a modern communication system yet, apart from the old SMS/MMS one.

The Simplicity of Sending Audio Messages

Fortunately, sending audio messages from an iPhone to an Android device is not only possible but also quite simple. The process is similar to sending a regular text message, but instead of typing, you record a voice message. This message is then sent as an audio file, in a MMS, which can be played on any device capable of audio playback, including Android smartphones.

How to Send an Audio Message from iPhone to Android

  1. Open the Messages app on your iPhone.
  2. Select the contact (who uses an Android device) you wish to send an audio message to.
  3. Tap on the “+” icon at the left of the text area.
  4. Choose “Audio”.
  5. Immediately after you choose “Audio”, your iPhone will start recording the audio message.
  6. Press the stop button once your message is over. You'll have the option to listen to the message before sending it.
  7. Tap the send icon, and your audio message will be on its way to the Android device.

Steps to send an audio message to an Android phone using an iPhone

If you have any issues doing these steps, check this article where I explain how to fix some audio can’t be send issues on iPhone.

What Format are the Audio Messages Sent In?

The audio messages are typically sent in a universal file format like AAC or MP3, ensuring they can be easily played on Android devices. This compatibility eliminates the need for any special apps or software on the receiving end.

Your iPhone is using the MMS communication system to send audio messages to Android phones.

Are There Any Limitations?

While the process is straightforward, there are a few limitations to keep in mind:

  • Length of the Audio Message: MMS usually have a limit on how long the audio message can be, shorter than if you were using iMessage.
  • Network Constraints: Sending audio messages requires a stable internet connection, especially for larger files.
  • Quality of the Audio: The quality of the audio might slightly vary depending on the recording conditions and the microphone quality of your iPhone. The quality of audio messages sent using iMessage is far better than using MMS.

Alternative Methods

If you encounter any issues or prefer a different method, various third-party apps like WhatsApp, Telegram, or WeChat offer the ability to send audio messages across different platforms seamlessly. These apps compress audio files in a way that's optimal for quick sending and receiving, regardless of the operating system.

The audio quality will be better.


In conclusion, iPhones are perfectly capable of sending audio messages to Android devices. This functionality bridges the gap between different operating systems, ensuring that communication remains fluid and uninterrupted, regardless of your device choice.

To improve the quality of your audio, you should avoid using MMS whenever you can. You can also choose a good microphone, such as these that you can also use for podcasting.

iPhones and Android might share a better communication technology in the future.



Maxime Levesque is a technical engineer with more than 5 years of professional experience. He is an expert in computer and phones, mostly on Apple products. Maxime is also the founder of TechBrowser.

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