iMessage is one of the most popular and go-to messaging applications for Apple users. Features such as a robust UI and UX, end-to-end encryption, better photo transfer, and a seamless integration of comfort and convenience have made iMessage a hugely popular messaging app. While Apple does make great products and software, it however is inflexible, making it hard for users to enjoy the Apple applications on other operating systems such as Microsoft. But a little tweaking, and the knowhow of a simple tips can help you enjoy the iMessage application on your Windows PCs too. Continuing on the subject, we present a few tried and tested methods that can help you install iMessage on Windows. Read on.
How to Install and Use iMessage on PC – Windows 10, 8.1, 8, and 7
This method is ideal for Apple users who own a Macbook or an iMac as well as a Windows system such as a PC or a laptop.
1. On your Windows PC, open Google Chrome, and download the Chrome Remote Desktop App.
2. After downloading and installing the Chrome Remote Desktop application on your Windows PC, click on the “Launch App” button located on the top right corner.
3. Similarly, open Google Chrome on your Mac and install the Chrome Remote Desktop application on your Mac as well.
4. Once you’ve installed Chrome Remote Desktop on both your Mac and Windows, begin sharing your desktop by using the access code generated on the application.
5. After successfully pairing both the systems through the access code, you can start enjoying the iMessage application on your Windows.
Chrome Remote Desktop is a desktop sharing tool that can be used from the Chrome browser, or a Chromebook laptop. In the above-mentioned method, we have installed the remote desktop sharing tool on both Mac and Windows, for sharing the iMessage application from your Mac to your Windows system. However, if you do not happen to own a Macbook or an iMac, then this method isn’t applicable to you.
Alternative Method: Install iMessage on Windows PC using iPadian
For those of you that do not own a Mac, but still want to try and experience the iMessage, you can follow this alternative method that will allow you to use iMessage on Windows without the help of a Mac.
1. On your Windows PC, open the browser and search for iPadian emulator.
2. Navigate to the iPadian emulator’s download page and proceed to download the iPadian emulator.
3. Once you’ve downloaded the .exe file, install the application on your Windows.
4. After successful installation, launch the emulator, and accept the terms and conditions.
5. Go the search bar and type “iMessage.”
6. Now download the iMessage application on your system, launch the app, and start using iMessage on your Windows.
In this method, we have used an emulator known as iPadian for using iMessage on your Windows. An emulator is a third party application that imitates another computer, or an application to help you achieve the desired experience. The iPadian is an iPad stimulator that can be used for running several iOS applications on your Windows. There’s a small caveat to using this emulator; it can potentially inflict your computer with malware, be wary and have a good antivirus application pre-installed.
FAQs – Using iMessage on PC
Apple has cleverly integrated the iMessage application on both the Mac and iOS platforms, enabling users to carry out their conversations in a hassle free manner. Texting a friend on your Mac in iMessage, and the laptop’s power died? You can simply continue the conversation from your iOS device such as your iPhone using the iMessage app.
For Windows users, who happen to use either an iPhone or an iPad, but wish to experience the same sync between the smartphone and their PCs can do so using the above-mentioned methods. To help you better, we’ve put together a few FAQs that can help you understand the nitty gritty of accessing iMessage from Windows.
What works and what doesn’t?
By applying the previously specified methods, you can simply send and receive messages through remote-sharing, or installing an emulator on your Windows system. Unlike WhatsApp, and other popular messaging services with a web-interface, iMessage doesn’t support any online interface such as WhatsApp web.
What’s the best method for accessing iMessage on Windows?
There’s no ‘one size fits all’ answer when it comes to picking a single best method. Both remote access and emulators such as iPadian can help you access iMessage on Windows. While the former method requires you to own a Macbook or an iMac, the latter doesn’t. If you do not happen to own any Mac systems, iPadian emulator would be the best option.
Can we receive iOS notifications on Windows?
You can connect your iPhone or your iPad with a Windows PC using a service known as Pushbullet. It acts as a bridge connecting your iOS device and your Windows PC. With Pushbullet, you can send text messages, view phone notifications, and more right from your PC.
Best Alternatives to iMessage for Windows PC/Laptop
Apple’s iMessaging is a very exclusive service geared at Apple users alone. It is almost impossible to achieve a seamless experience of this messaging service elsewhere. While emulators or remote sharing may help you mimic the experience, it is nevertheless advisable to switch to more modern and better-performing messaging services. Continue reading to discover a few worthy alternatives to iMessaging.
1. WhatsApp for Windows
WhatsApp is almost universal; both Android and iPhone owners can use this application. If you have an active WhatsApp account, you can simply install the PC variant of this messaging service to enjoy it from your Windows PC/laptop as well. To access WhatsApp for Windows, open your browser and search for “WhatsApp Windows.” You will be directed to WhatsApp’s official website where you can download the WhatsApp application for your PC.
After installing WhatsApp for Windows on your PC, launch the application, and scan the QR code from the WhatsApp application on your smartphone. (Open WhatsApp, click on the top right corner, then select WhatsApp Web, press the ‘+’ icon and scan.) You can now use WhatsApp on your Windows PC and start messaging. It is to be noted that you cannot use WhatsApp on multiple PCs at once. WhatsApp for Windows only works on your smartphone plus one PC at once. While you cannot share your location using the PC application, you can however send messages, view status, share attachments, and so on.
2. Facebook Messenger for Desktop
Facebook’s Messenger is a popular internet messaging application. The social media company had also built a dedicated desktop version of the messenger for PC users as well. Now you no longer need to open your browser, and log onto Facebook for using the Messenger. Simply install the Messenger for desktop and use it from your PC. While you may not be able to play games, send stickers or money online, you can still message others, and start a conversation from your PC without having to open your browser, and logging onto your account.
To download the application, visit the Microsoft store web page and navigate to reach the Messenger download webpage. Now, click on ‘Get’ and download the application. After successfully installing it, click ‘Launch’ and start using Facebook’s Messenger right from your Windows PC. It is to be noted that this option is exclusive to Windows 10 users only. You can send messages, do voice and video calling, send voice notes, and share your location through this PC application.
3. Google’s Messages for Web
Google’s Messages for Web is a handy messaging web-app developed by Google that allows you to access your text messages on your Android smartphone from your Windows PC. Much like iMessage, you can sync the messages in your Google Messages across your smartphone and PC.
To use Google’s Message for Web, you have to first make sure that your Android smartphone has the ‘Messages’ by Google application. Then, open your browser and type www.messages.google.com. Next, open your Messages application on your smartphone, click on the top right corner, press on “Messages for Web” and scan the QR code on your PC screen, and you are good to go. Through Google’s Messages for Web, you can send messages, share photos, videos, and receive message alerts. However, you cannot share location details or send and receive money through Google Pay.
4. Your Phone app by Windows
Windows has developed a messaging application known as Your Phone app that can be integrated with your Android smartphone. You can view, send, and reply to messages on your smartphone from your PC, and can also access recent photos as well as notifications on your Android smartphone. Screen mirroring is another interesting feature offered by this PC application.
This application is exclusive to Windows 10, and users need to have a Microsoft account for accessing this application; if you do not have a Microsoft account, simply create a new account and proceed. For using the Your Phone app, download it from the Windows store, and download the same application on your Android smartphone from the Google Playstore. You have to then sign onto to both the smartphone and PC application using a single Microsoft account to start using it.
While you can always replicate the features and the experience of iMessage on your Windows PC/laptop, you cannot experience the true potential of iMessage through emulators or remote sharing for that matter. Both the above-mentioned methods are make-shift techniques that can help you merely experience iMessage on Windows. But if you’re looking for a rich and powerful messaging experience where you can share pictures, initiate conversations, or receive message alerts, you’re better off using other messaging platforms such as WhatsApp for Windows, Your Phone app by Windows or Google’s Messages for Web.