iOS users can send and receive messages via iMessage on their iPhone and continue the same conversation seamlessly on their MacBook.
However, there are many users who have an iPhone but use a Windows PC as their computer. iMessage is not inherently compatible with Windows, so to use iMessage on a PC, you need to look for other options.
Accessing iMessage on a PC
There is no official iMessage application for Windows. However, you can use iMessage on Windows with several solutions.
The first method is easy to set up and works almost flawlessly, but requires an always-on MacBook and a persistent Internet connection.
Alternatively, the second method requires a jailbroken iPhone.
Using iMessage on a PC with Chrome Remote
The first method of getting Apple Messages for PC is the easiest to set up and the most reliable.
This method essentially works by setting up a MacBook that is always connected to Chrome Remote Desktop. You will also need a MacBook with iMessage installed. To perform this method, you need to set it up on both a Windows 10/11 PC and a MacBook. The following are the steps to follow.
- Open the Google Chrome browser on your Windows PC and download the Chrome Remote Desktop extension to your browser; to do this, click the Add to Chrome button and then click Add Extension in the small window. Follow the same procedure for Macbooks.
- On the MacBook, click the Extensions icon in the upper right corner; the Google Remote Desktop website will appear. Click the blue download icon located in the Remote Access Settings section. You will then download a file called Chrome Remote Desktop Host.pkg. Install this package and configure remote access.
- Then go back to the Remote Desktop window in your MacBook browser and click Enable to enable remote access on the device.
- On the Windows device, go to the Chrome Remote Dekstop tab and click Remote Assistance on the left side of the screen. There, enter the passcode you copied from your MacBook and click Connect. You only need to do this step once as the pairing between your MacBook and Chrome Remote Desktop is complete.
Once your MacBook is paired with Remote Desktop, you can easily access your MacBook from any device that works with the Chrome Remote Desktop app. This is also true for Android devices. You can download the app from the Play Store and access your MacBook’s iOS data from Android.
Your MacBook will show up on the Remote Access tab. Just click on it to bring it up. Once connected, you can use the device normally. Just invoke iMessage on macOS, and you should be able to use it as if you were on your Mac.
This method has the advantage that you can use other macOS applications, but it has the disadvantage that you can’t close any applications on your Macbook.
Using iMessage on Windows 11 with Cydia
Another way to use iMessage on Windows is to use Cydia’s cloud service. Before you start, make sure your iOS and Windows devices are connected to the same Wi-Fi network.
This is a pay-as-you-go method; you need to pay $4 to access iMessage for PC via Cydia.
Here are the steps required to use iMessage on a Windows PC with Cydia.
- On your iPhone, go to the CydiaFree website and download the Cydia app. You need to open the website in Safari browser for the download to work.
- After installing the app, open Settings and go to the General tab to create a new profile.
- Enter your new username and password here.
- Now open your preferred web browser on your Windows device and enter your IP address on the Enabled tab.
- Press Enter to enter your username and password and complete the setup.
- This app requires you to jailbreak your iPhone, which is not ideal for many people.
How to receive iOS notifications on Windows after jailbreak
To receive notifications from your iOS device on your Windows PC, you can use an app like Pushbullet. With this app, you can view notifications and send files, links, etc. This is ideal for people who don’t want to pick up their phone every time they receive a notification to check their notifications.
Is Apple Messages / iMessage available on Windows 10?
iMessage is not officially available for Windows. However, there are several ways to use iMessage on Windows 10.
The first method requires setting up a MacBook with always-on connectivity and Chrome Remote Desktop installed. You can then access that MacBook and use iMessage remotely.
The second method requires accessing iMessage on Windows via the Cydia cloud service.
What is iMessage?
iMessage is a messaging service developed by Apple for its smart devices, including iPhone, iPad, and macOS. iMessage usually consists of text, photos, and videos that can be sent to other Apple users. Encrypted messages appear in blue speech bubbles.
Apple has taken a number of steps to make iMessage as secure as possible, including end-to-end encryption. However, there are still ways your messages can be leaked to hackers. For example, iCloud backup is enabled by default in iMessage, which removes end-to-end encryption and compromises the security of your messages.
Is iMessage secure?
iMessage is very secure and offers end-to-end encryption on Apple devices. However, iMessage does not offer end-to-end encryption because iCloud backup is enabled by default, which makes messages vulnerable to hacking.
How do I install iMessage on Windows / Can I use iMessage on my PC?
You can’t install iMessage on Windows, but you can set up a remote desktop that connects to your MacBook and use iMessage on it. This can be done with Chrome Remote Desktop and only needs to be set up once on both devices. The added benefit is that other programs on the MacBook can be used through Windows.
Can I view my iMessages online?
The only way to send and receive messages via iMessage is to use an official Apple device such as iPhone, iPad or macOS. Unfortunately, there is no way to retrieve messages online via the web or any other mobile access through iCloud, as this poses a threat to the security of the Apple ecosystem.