As technology continues to advance at an incredible rate in the digital age, it is increasingly possible for people to continue using an app as they switch from one device to another, picking up exactly where you left off.
In fact, people have come to expect it. It is quickly becoming the norm, and we can already see how major social media platforms are fusing together.
Facebook and Instagram are almost intertwined, Twitter and Reddit have some close ties, and you can use LinkedIn or Gmail to log-in to many new apps and programs.
This greater interconnectivity helps make life a little easier with all the digital devices and services we have at our fingertips, creating a more seamless and streamlined experience.
However, Apple does things a little differently.
They have never really been one to follow the crowd.
Despite being a forward-thinking revolutionary company, they still have some restrictions that limit user capabilities, often to the frustration of many people.
Apple users can have a conversation on their iPhone or iPad, and then jump onto an Apple computer and continue the conversation from the last place.
But, staying true to form, Apple has made this a little bit more difficult to do for people who don’t have an Apple computer.
In this article, we’ll look at how to get iMessage on PC. This will cover iOS users and also Mac OS systems, but unfortunately not Android users.
Options for Getting iMessage on PC
Apple prefer to keep their iMessage service on their products alone. While this may be little more than a ploy to get more people to buy more of their products, it does happen to deter some people from making the switch from Android to Apple.
However, if you have already got an iPhone or iPad, you may want to use iMessage on your computer. Splashing out on a new laptop or desktop just to make that possible is a huge expense, and hardly worth it.
Luckily, Windows and Linux users have a few options that will allow them access to iMessage without having to purchase an Apple computer.
Here are four ways you can get iMessage on PC without breaking the bank.
Using the Chrome Remote Desktop method is the easiest way to get iMessage on PC.
Unfortunately, you still need a Mac PC for this method to be possible, as you are going to remotely access the Mac computer from another non-Apple computer.
This is a pretty big catch, but if you can arrange it, here is how to set up iMessage on your Windows PC through the remote access method:
- To begin, download Google Chrome browser on both computers.
- Next, install the Chrome Remote Desktop extension on both computers.
- After it is installed on both, click Launch App, which is located in the top right corner.
- Download Chrome Remote Desktop Host Installer on the Mac computer.
- Find the Host Installer file on the Mac PC hard drive. Run it to install the program.
- Follow the on-screen prompts to install the application. You may need to enter the password for the Mac computer at some stage.
- Launch Chrome Remote Desktop on the Mac computer. A 12-digit code will be displayed on-screen. Make a note of the code, and keep it safe, as anyone who has it will be able to access your Mac PC.
- Launch Chrome Remote Desktop on the Windows PC, then enter the 12-digit code when prompted. This will give you remote access to the Mac computer.
- Navigate to the app drawer, then click on iMessage on Windows PC.
- Use an IPADIAN Emulator
The major drawback of the first method is the obvious need of a Mac PC, which somewhat negates the point of putting iMessage on your Windows PC. After all, it would be easier to just use iMessage on the Mac instead.
The second method we cover here doesn’t require a Mac, as it relies on the fact that modern computers are very powerful.
So powerful that they can actually emulate the operating system of another computer, including Apple iOS.
Windows users have a number of popular emulators they can choose from, but the best is iPadian. Not only is it free, but it is a reliable and trusted software that is highly-recommended by top authorities in the industry.
Further benefits to using iPadian include its increased stability, and it also has a more compact size that is better for your hard drive storage.
Follow the process below to use iPadian to get iMessage on PC:
- Download iPadian installer on your PC.
- Install iPadian, by locating the file in your hard drive and running the .exe file.
- After installation, run the iPadian iOS emulator.
- If you already have an Apple ID, sign in. Otherwise, you can create a new ID and password.
- After signing in, you must access the iOS network through Windows. There will be an iPadian interface, which looks similar to that of an iPad.
- Search for the iMessage app and launch it.
That’s it for this method. In future, anytime you want to use iMessage on PC, just use your Windows PC and run iPadian.
Jailbreak your iOS Device
This method is a little complicated, however, it is quite useful in the long run as it gives you more flexibility and capability with your device.
The word “jailbreak” might sound like you’re about to do something illegal.
Technically, it is a violation in Apple’s eyes, and jailbreaking a phone does come with some risk.
For starters, once a phone is jailbroken, the warranty is void. So you must be careful with the device thereafter, as Apple won’t cover you any longer.
In its simplest terms, to jailbreak a device means to free it from the limitations that Apple has imposed on it. This is done by installing an applications directory onto your iPhone or iPad, which is not authorized by Apple.
This allows users to make adjustments to the device, use “forbidden” apps, and even remove some of the stringent security measures put in place by Apple.
Here’s how to install iMessage on your PC by using a popular jailbreak software called Cydia:
- First and foremost, you must download Cydia software onto your Windows PC. Download the software here, then locate the download folder in your PC hard drive. Run the .exe file to install Cydia on your PC.
- After the installation is complete, open the Cydia app. Then, start a search for Remote messages and wait until the installation process is complete.
- Next, navigate to the Cydia App Settings, then click on Remote Messages.
- In order to use iMessage on a Windows PC, Windows will need authentication. Give Windows access by choosing to enable iMessage when prompted.
- You will have to setup a username and password. Connect your iOS device and your Windows PC on the same Wi-Fi connection.
- Open a web browser on the Windows PC, and then enter the IP address in the enable field, followed by a colon. Press enter.
- Enter your password and username here.
- Enter the correct details to complete the setup of iMessage on the PC.
- Get iOS Notifications on Windows
A newer way of getting iMessage on your PC is through using Pushbullet. This service is a lightweight solution, which serves as a bridge between the operating system on your mobile device, and the operating system on your PC.
By installing Pushbullet, you perform a number of functions, including:
- Sending and receiving text messages
- Receive phone notifications
- Send files, links and photos
This is a great option for those people who spend long hours on their computer and hate to be distracted by constant notifications from their mobile device.
Putting iMessage on PC is Easy
While Apple has done their best to restrict the use of their popular app, iMessage fans and tech-savvy individuals have found plenty of ways to work around the system.
Considering iMessage has no SMS charges and only needs a stable data connection, it’s easy to understand why it is so popular.
Many users of mobile devices such as iPhone and iPad will be happy enough to continue using the messaging app on their handheld devices.
However, for people who work a lot on their PC or laptop, it may be much more beneficial and convenient to have access to iMessage on their computers.
Having access to iMessage on PC is also useful for fans of the apps and games that Apple offer. Through using some of the methods in this article, you can now use the app and Apple games on your PC.
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