Apple has made everything simple for iPhone/iPad users to continue their conversations on their Mac even when they leave off on their phone. However, it’s a pity as the Cupertino company has restricted this great functionality to its own operating system. iOS owners who are using Windows- or Linux-based computers have to search for an alternative solution. Luckily, there are some available. In this post, we’ll show you the most popular ones to use iMessages on your PC.
What Doesn’t Work
Before we get started with what works, you should know first what doesn’t work. All instant messaging apps usually come with their online browser-based services, but iMessage is an exception. It just works with iOS and Mac OS X operating systems, sorry Android users.
Apple wants to limit iMessage to its own ecosystem. So, we let you decide if the company has made the right decision or not. What we do in this post is to show you helpful methods, allowing you to overcome the limitations that are imposed on its users by Apple.
If you are using a Windows or Linux computer, but you want to send and receive iMessages without the need for buying a MacBook, there are some options to help you achieve your goals.
The easiest way to access your iMessages from your non-Mac computer is using the Remote Desktop feature of Chrome to connect to.
To do so, you first need to install the Chrome Remote Desktop extension on the devices that you need to connect with each other and then follow the simple & self-explanatory setup process.
You will be given access, in a nutshell, to use which you connect to your Mac computer from your Windows or Linux OS, which allows you to use iMessage remotely.
The downside to this method is that you need a MacBook to proceed. With this requirement, you’d better use iMessage directly on your Mac.
Jailbreak your iPhone/iPad
Another way to use iMessages on PC is a little complicated, but it’s more useful. This method requires jailbreaking your iOS device and installing Cydia app, which is a usable app on only jailbroken iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch devices.
Once you have jailbroken your iPhone/iPad, simply open Cydia and install a tweak, called Remote Messages from the BigBoss repo source. This tweak comé with a web-based interface that allows you to connect through the IP address of your iPhone IP on the browser followed by :333. It sounds complicated, but don’t worry since there is a detailed guide on the screen to explain everything to you. You can also set a password for better security and other purposes.
If you want to sign in to iMessage remotely, simply open your preferred web browser and type in the given IP address followed by the port number.
Use a Free Emulator
Computers are now more powerful that can run emulators, including the iOS system. The most popular emulator to run iOS operating system is iPadian. You can then download it from the official website and then install it like other Windows software.
iMessage doesn’t come for other OS apart from Apple’s iOS system. However, there’s an emulator to cheat the dmg file to run on Windows PC. Here’s how to use it.
After installing the iPadian app, simply open it and search for iMessage from the search bar. It will automatically find the app and let you install it. Once done, you can enjoy using iMessage directly on a Windows computer. Remember that the emulator is not flawless, but it can get the job done.
Apart from iMessage, you can also use this emulator to play a few popular iOS games, and even do other interesting things. The developers usually roll out updates for it, so any bugs getting in the way of your user experience will be in the near future.
Receive iOS Notifications on Windows
A very lightweight, but effective solution is to use Pushbullet. This service works as a bridge to connect your iPhone/iPad and your Windows PC, allowing you to easily send text messages, check your device’s notifications, send files, chat with your friends, and more. If you usually spend long hours working on the computer and you don’t want to be distracted by notification messages on your iPhone/iPad, this app is a great choice.
Above are possible methods to use iMessages on your Windows or Linux computer. If you have any question, let’s know in the comment below.