For those who are loyal to Apple products, Apple has made it seemingly painless for users to continue conversations over devices that run on their operating systems and hardware. This is conducted through a program called Handoff, which allows all messages to be synced via iCloud.
Unfortunately for those who use Windows, and other non-Apple operating systems like Linux, other solutions have to be adopted.
As most know by know, Apple doesn’t play well with others. However, there are a few work arounds, which we will outline below.
Pretty much all instant messaging services have a browser option that compliments their application. WhatsApp is commonly used via its browser fuction, due to its ease of integration. iMessage doesn’t have this feature, unfortunately. The iMessage service strictly supports Mac OS X and iOS only.
Even if Apple do want to restrict its iMessage service, there are still a few options that are possible.
Working options on how to get iMessage on PC
If you don’t own an Apple computer but still want to send and receive iMessages, without having to be on a Mac, then we have found a few solutions that may help you.
Remote access from another computer
Remote accessing is only suitable if you already own a Mac. There are many situations why someone may wish to access their iMessages from their own Mac at home, such as using a work computer.
All you need is to install the Chrome Remote Desktop extension on both devices that you wish to pair up. The setup is super easy and takes very little time.
What it does is give access to one computer from another, meaning that you can log into iMessage on your Mac, and control it from the PC that you’re sat behind. In-genius right?
Again as stated already, the main drawback is that you actually need to already own an Apple computer before this is even a possibility. So, if you don’t already have one, then some of the other methods may be more suitable. Unless for some reason you fancy shelling out and buying a Mac just to access iMessenger from another machine.
Jailbreak your device
Jailbreaking your phone may sound like a daunting task, but it really isn’t as complicated as it sounds. Not only that, but the extra benefits of having a jailbroken phone are quite high.
Once your phone is jailbroken (use Google to find this information out, we won’t cover it here), you need to install Cydia – the largest directory of applications available to jailbroken iOS devices. Before we continue, we feel it neccessary to mention that we won’t recommend jailbreaking any device. You will instantly lose your warranty, and may find that Apple will refuse to fix any issues you may get in the future.
With that out of the way, let’s continue on. With Cydia installed and open, you will want to search for an app named Remote Messages. It’ll be listed under the BigBoss repo, and will cost $4. What this application does is allow you to connect your iPhone to a browser, via the phone’s IP and port. However, don’t worry too much about the technicalities, the app explains everything very well. You can password protect the session too, to help avoid unwanted intruders.
Once setup, all you have to do to access your iMessage remotely is to open up any web browser and enter the specific details that the app provided. Easy right?
Simulate iOS on a PC
If you’re looking for a way to download iMessage for PC, then we have a solution for you. iPadian has been created for Windows computers to simulate Apple’s iOS. This simulator tricks the iMessenger service into thinking it is running off of Mac OS.
Once iPadian has been installed, open it up and search for iMessage within the search bar. Once found, all you need to do is to launch it and you will have access to iMessage from the convenience of your Windows computer. There are a few bugs, but for the most part, it works pretty well.
You can also use iPadian to play iOS games too. Ever wanted to play an iPhone game on a bigger screen, or more competitively? Now you can. The program gets updated frequently, so if you do come across any bugs, they will probably get ironed out fast.
Notifications from iOS
A fairly simple solution to connect your iPhone to your PC is Pushbullet. This allows you to view phone notifications, send texts and files from your computer, through your phone. If you are in a situation where you don’t want to or can’t check your phone often, then viewing notifications on your PC could be the ideal solution.
Other messaging apps
Even though we think iMessage is great, especially with how Apple has linked it seamlessly between all of their products, it’s still pretty basic. A lot of more modern messaging platforms like WhatsApp and Telegram can be used easily on all browsers, have lots of safety features, and are easy to use. Consider these as alternatives, especially as most people use them too.
Hopefully we have helped to answer the questions “can I use iMessage on Windows?” and “can I send iMessages from my PC?”.
Using iMessage in the traditional sense on a Windows PC is impossible, unless using the remote desktop method. iMessage is a big selling point for Apple products, so its unlikely that we will ever see Apple support non-Apple devices officially.
Having said that, if you aren’t too fussed on what messaging application you use, we do recommend that you check out WhatsApp and Telegram.