The recent addition of new features and design changes in the iMessage app on iOS, it has become the popular instant messaging for many users to stay in touch with their friends and family. However, keeping iMessage on your person at all times might be difficult, knowing it only works with Apple devices.
Apple laptops have a built-in module for the iMessage app, so you have streamlined access to all your messaging content. But if you have a Windows PC at home or work, you might need to try a few ways around the feasibility of a direct connection. We got you covered, though, and this article explains different methods that can allow you to learn how to get iMessage on PC without jailbreak.
How to Get iMessage on Windows:
Here are a few ways you can try to learn how to access iMessage on all of your devices.
Google Remote Desktop
Chrome Remote Desktop has made it a lot easier for you to access all of your devices remotely, and you can use it to get iMessage on your Windows PC. Note that setting up CRD is easy but, to start, you do need a Mac computer with authorized iMessage capability. If you can’t get your hands on one, this method won’t work for you.
Here’s how to do it:
- Turn on the computers and make sure iMessage services are working on your Mac
- Next, install Google Chrome and Chrome Remote Desktop on both computers
- Launch CRD on both devices
- Then, download and install Chrome Remote Desktop Installer on the Mac
- Lastly, follow the on-screen instruction to connect the devices by setting up a unique password securely
- Now you can enjoy iMessage on Windows PC.
If the above method isn’t suitable for you, you can always download a third-party iOS emulator on your Windows PC. Emulators render a virtual operating system on your device that allows the operation and installment of supported apps and games. However, we advise you to be careful while using iOS emulators as they might inject malware and unwanted software into your PC.
If you want to opt for this method, here are some of the popular iOS emulators you can use on your computer.
- Remote iOS Simulator for Window
- iOS Simulator in Xcode
- Electric Mobile Studio
You can easily set up the above mentioned virtual machine software by following the on-screen instructions, or a quick google search can help. Here, we are listing a step by step on how to download and install iPadian.
- Download iPadian from their official website and run the .exe file on your Windows PC
- Click on the ‘Next’ button and wait for the download to complete
- End the setup by clicking ‘Finish.’
- Run iPadian from quick search menu or directly from your desktop
- You can now run most iOS compatible applications on your Windows PC
iPadian is a basic iOS emulator that simulates an iPad screen onto your PC screen. It might cause lag or low CPU performance, so make sure that your machine meets the minimum specs requirements for this software.
Access iMessage History
Another method that you can try is installing a third party software of your Windows PC that downloads the iMessage history from the Apple servers. Opting for this way would allow a hassle-free and direct access to your messages, but you won’t be able to have the complete iMessage experience.
For the Brave Hearted:
If the methods mentioned above didn’t work for you and you’re very willing to risk your iDevice’s warranty, you can opt for jailbreaking your machine. Jailbreaking allows the user to have better access to the system design and functionalities, which ultimately results in more control over your device. However, we advise that you make a full backup of your phone before continuing with the process, so you don’t lose any important stuff.
Once you jailbreak your device, you can download a third-party app from Cydia called Remote Messages. This app allows you to access your iMessage service across several platforms for convenient and easy usage. Make sure to follow the on-screen instructions for a smooth connection carefully.
If you have any queries on working and usage of iMessage on other platforms, you can look through the following FAQs to stay informed.
Do multiple IDs work on a single device?
Unfortunately, no. You can only use one Apple ID on a single device as per manufacturing design. If you want to operate two IDs per se, then you’ll need two machines with an iOS operating capability.
How to use iMessage on the PC browser?
Apple has limited to no support for iMessage on the PC browser, and it is challenging to get your messages through Google Chrome, Firefox, etc. However, many third-party apps make it easier for you to get real-time notifications on your PC. You can use such software to stay up to date with your interactions with friends and family.
Can users access iMessage on Android phones?
There is no official iMessage app for android phones, and Apple has kept the services limited to iOS devices only. However, you can still use the free emulator if your phone has the required specification to run the software.
We all know that Android has many competent instant messaging applications that might outrank the iMessage app on the Google Play Store. So, it is evident that Apple has no intention of bringing its much valuable service to a platform where it might perform in a mediocre way.
In conclusion, there are many ways you can get access to iMessage content on your Windows PC and you can try each method mentioned above and opt for the one that suits your needs the best. However, due to no official support, the process can be tricky, so make sure to follow the instructions carefully.
All of the methods have some downsides e.g. Chrome Remote Desktop requires a working Mac with iMessage enabled, and the iOS emulator might slow down your machine, etc. So if you want unhindered access to iMessage, we advise you to invest in an Apple device to stay in touch with your friends and family.