iMessage for PC is among the most favorite and regular-use messaging features. But what if you don’t have your iPhone, iPad, or Mac device at the moment and need to access iMessage content. The Apple ecosystem is by far the best execution to link devices. It is so useful that even other brands are trying to build something akin to the Apple ecosystem.
Apple isn’t very flexible with the usage of iMessage outside the ecosystem. But some workarounds are using which. You can use iMessage on a PC. This post will cover all the working methods to use iMessage for Windows PC.
Moreover, you will be able to access your important texts and media, even when you are far away from the device. Without further ado, let us jump into the ways to use iMessage on Windows PC.
What is the Apple iMessage?
Apple iMessage is an instant messaging service exclusive to the Apple ecosystem. It is not a different app and must not be confused with the SMS/MMS feature on iPhone. Unlike the normal SMS, iMessage is a web-based messaging service. It means that it uses internet protocols to send and receive messages.
IMessage isn’t restricted to text messages only. It can send and receive images, videos, and documents as well.
You must be wondering, “why do Apple device users need two messaging types?” The answer is that these two types serve different purposes. SMS uses a cellular connection with a messaging plan to send and receive texts.
Messaging plan may be a fixed allocation and can exhaust or expire. But using the SMS/MMS feature, you can send messages to anyone, even if they have an iPhone or not.
The iMessage uses the internet as the connection medium. You can send messages only to devices owners in the Apple ecosystem. You cannot message anyone running an Android or other mobile operating system.
You need to own an Apple device to register and use it. There is no fixed data plan or allocated messaging units in iMessage. You can communicate with other Apple devices owners as much or as little as possible.
Features of iMessage
iMessage made its appearance on iOS in 2011 and is now available for macOS, iPadOS, and watchOS. It has a bunch of useful features that are superior to traditional SMS.
iMessage lets you see read receipts. This feature is much-loved by other instant messaging apps. Thus, you can always know whether the receiver read your message or not. SMS cannot show read receipts.
All the messages sent using iMessage are end-to-end encrypted. Even Apple cannot see those messages and invade your privacy.
Customize messages with effects and stickers
You can send attractive messages using the iMessage feature. Users can easily add background effects and stickers and create a personalized message.
Send different types of media
iMessage lets you send not only text messages but also GIFs, videos, locations, and much more. You can even send documents, links, photos, and meme emojis.
iMessage allows group conversations with others, send inline replies, and tag group members.
How does iMessage work?
iMessage was designed to make the messaging experience seamless. Even if you cannot use your phone, you can pick up a conversation where you left off. So, you can open the messages app on your Mac device and continue the conversation.
Thus, you don’t have to pick up your phone every time someone texts you while working on the Mac. You can see and reply to incoming messages in real-time.
How to get iMessage on your Mac device?
iMessage feature is present inside the Messages app available for macOS. It comes preinstalled with a fresh copy of macOS. However, if you are using a very old version of macOS, the Messages app may not be available. Then you need to update your Mac to the OS X Mountain Lion or higher version.
To check and update your macOS version, do as follows:
- Hover your cursor over the Apple icon. Then, select the “About This Mac” option in the drop-down menu.
- The Overview tab will open. Here you can see the current version name of macOS on your system.
- Running the messages app should be OS X Mountain Lion or a newer version.
- If you see an older build of macOS, then you need to update it.
- Beware that not all Mac devices are upgradable to the latest macOS versions. If you have a very old computer, it might still be able to run OS X Mountain Lion or a few more later builds.
- Find the Software Update button in the Overview tab and select it.
- It will check for the latest available build for your device.
- If there is a new version available for your device, download and install it.
- You must also check the “Automatically keep my Mac up to date” option to let it auto-update in the future.
- Restart your Mac device, and then try to find the Messages app on the dock.
- You can also find it by opening the applications folder on your Mac.
How do I set up and use iMessage on my iPhone?
It is fairly easy to set up and use iMessage on your iPhone. The iMessage features need to be enabled in Settings on your iPhone. To enable iMessage on iPhone, do as follows:
- Find the settings app on your home screen and tap to open it.
- Scroll down in the settings menu and find the Messages option.
- Tap to open it and then find the iMessage option.
- If the toggle isn’t enabled, tap on it to enable iMessage on your iPhone.
Note: Make sure to also enable the Send as SMS option located slightly below. This option will switch to the cellular SMS/MMS services if the iMessage is not working. Thus, you can send regular text messages without any problem.
How do I set up and use iMessage on my Mac?
You need your Apple ID to enable and use the iMessage service on your Mac device. Make sure that you use the same Apple ID on your iPhone and or iPad. Repeat the following steps to use iMessage on Mac:
- Open the Message app on your system and then sign in. Remember that the Apple ID needs to be the same for every device which will use iMessage.
- After signing in, you can use the iMessage features to start a conversation.
- But, if you want to continue existing conversations across all your devices. Then you need to enable the cloud sync feature.
- Navigate to the Messages app tab and click on it. Now, find the Preferences option in the drop-down menu and select it.
- Locate the iMessage option below the top bar. It is denoted by the @ symbol icon.
- Click on it to reveal the iCloud settings. Check the “Enable messages in iCloud option.“
- Then click on the “Sync Now” button to start the message sync process.
- Move to the option below the “Enable messages in iCloud option.” Now, select the email addresses you wish to use with iMessage.
- You can also enable the “Send read receipts” option if you want the senders to be notified.
- Now, close the tab and then access your messages synced from iCloud.
How to create your first Apple ID?
You can create your first Apple ID using your iPhone, iPad, or Mac device. Even if you don’t have one at the moment, you can register for an Apple ID using their official website. To create an Apple ID, do as follows:
- Open the browser on your computer and type https://appleid.apple.com/.
- Once the website loads, find and select the Create your Apple ID option in the top right corner of the page.
- Fill in the correct personal information and the phone number you are using now.
- You will need to verify the phone number before creating an account.
- If you don’t wish to clutter your inbox with promo emails, uncheck the announcement option.
- Now, follow the onscreen steps to complete email and phone verification.
What if you have multiple Apple IDs?
You need to use a single Apple ID across all your devices to use iMessage. If you use different IDs on each device, you will not be able to sync and continue conversations.
Is It possible to use the iMessage on Windows PC?
Apple tries its best to keep the iMessage confined to the Apple ecosystem. It still hasn’t released an official app for Windows users to use iMessage.
However, it is common for many users not to have physical access to Mac or iPhone all the time. Should the need arise, you may need to access the iMessage conversations with another PC.
So, some useful workaround is available that lets you use iMessage on Windows PC. Most of these methods need your Mac powered ON to use the iMessage feature on Windows PC.
3 Methods to use iMessage on Windows PC
Here are three working methods to use iMessage on Windows PC. These methods will need your Mac device to be switched on while accessing iMessage on a PC.
- Get iMessage for Windows using Chrome Remote Desktop
- Use Dell Mobile Connect
- Access iMessage on PC using jailbroken iPhone
Get iMessage for Windows using Chrome Remote Desktop.
Chrome Remote Desktop by Google is a decade-old remote desktop access service. It is completely free and doesn’t charge you anything for using any feature. Many other remote desktop access applications like Anydesk, Teamviewer, etc.
But using Chrome Remote Desktop is super convenient. Since you already use Chrome on almost every device, you don’t have to install any other app.
You just need to install the Chrome Remote Desktop app on your Mac device. To get iMessage for Windows using Chrome Remote Desktop, do as follows:
- Open the Chrome browser on your Mac device.
- Now search for the Chrome Remote Desktop app.
- Open the first search result of the official page. You will see the Set up remote access in the center of the screen.
- Click on the Download icon. It will redirect you to the Chrome web store in a new window.
- Now, click on the Add to Chrome button. A popup window will ask you for confirmation. Click the Add extension button.
- Now, go back to the Chrome Remote Desktop official page. As soon as you add the extension, the app will begin downloading on your Mac.
- After it finishes downloading, you will see the Accept and Install button on the webpage.
- Tap the button to begin the Chrome Remote Desktop app installation process.
- You see a popup “allow chrome remote desktop to open chromeremotedesktop.dmg file.” Hit the Yes button to begin the installation.
- Proceed with the installation and follow the on-screen prompts.
- Once the app installs on your Mac, the webpage will show the Choose a name option.
- Here, you need to enter the name you wish to give to identify this device. Type Host or anything else unique and click on the Next button.
- Now, you will see the Choose a pin option. Enter a unique PIN of at least six digits.
- You cannot use alphabets or symbols in this PIN.
- Once done, save your password and click on the Start button.
- Now, you will see that your Device Name appears on the webpage.
- You will also see the availability status of your recently added device.
- You can even change the Name and PIN of the device using the edit icon in the right corner.
- Now, open the chrome browser on your PC in which you intend to use iMessage.
- Then search for Chrome Remote Desktop and open the first official search result.
- Make sure to log into the chrome browser on Windows PC with the same account you used on the Mac device. Otherwise, you will not see the Mac device you just added.
- Select the Mac device on the webpage and enter the device PIN you created earlier.
- Voila! Your Mac device is now fully accessible using the Chrome Remote Desktop feature.
- You can open the iMessage app on the system and begin texting people or resume conversations.
Note: By using remote desktop access, you are using your Mac device remotely. You are not installing the iMessage app on your Windows PC.
Use Dell Mobile Connect
iMessage is available for iPhones and iPad too. So, you can connect to your iPhone/iPad and use iMessage on a PC. It is much like the remote desktop access feature, but you connect to the iPhone instead of your Mac.
Moreover, it is also handy if you don’t own a Mac device and only use iPhone for iMessage.
Dell Mobile Connect is an application released by the Dell official channel. It is available for Windows, Android, and iOS operating systems. All it lets you do is, provide remote access to your smartphone via your Windows PC.
So, you don’t need to create remote access to your Mac device and keep it powered on. Thus, you can use iMessage for PC without any problem by using Dell Mobile Connect.
To use Dell Mobile Connect on your Windows PC, repeat the following steps:
- Press the Windows key, open the Start menu and search for the Microsoft Store app.
- Open the app and search for the Dell Mobile Connect app.
- Press the Get button to begin the installation process of the app.
- Now, the app will open automatically. Click on the Get Started button to begin the pairing process.
- You will now see the option to link your phone. Select the iPhone option and then tap the Next button.
- Now, you will see a QR code for official app installation on iPhone. Scan the code to install the official app.
- The Dell Mobile Connect app will issue a Phone Encryption code for pairing.
- Enter the code in the input code area on the desktop app.
- The app will ask you to Allow Notifications access on your iPhone. It will also ask for permission to access the Contacts.
- Once the app has all the necessary permissions, it will show a green tick next to the options.
- Now, click on the Finish button to complete the app configuration on your iPhone and Windows PC.
- The Dell Mobile Connect app will resize to imitate a phone display. Now, you can select messages and see and reply to any SMS or iMessage using your Windows PC.
Access iMessage on PC using jailbroken iPhone
If you have a very old Windows PC or Linux PC, you cannot use the Dell Mobile Connect app. Thus your chances of using iMessage on a PC shrink significantly. Yet, some users suggest jailbreaking your iPhones to use the Cydia app store.
Cydia is an unofficial app store for iOS that offers apps for remote access to iPhones. We do not recommend jailbreaking your iPhone for such a minuscule purpose.
What does jailbreaking mean?
The official OS on your iPhone has proper security mechanisms in place. It offers the best possible OS experience without any major bugs. Jailbreaking means replacing your official OS with a more modified OS on your iPhone.
Thus, you can unlock custom add-ons, tweaks, and sideload apps from unofficial sites. Remote Message is a third-party app that allows you to use iMessage on a PC via your browser. But, it needs you to jailbreak your iPhone(which is a huge price to pay).
Consequences of jailbreaking your iPhone
For starters, you will void your warranty if you attempt to jailbreak your device. You will not receive any support from Apple Care + if you do so. Jailbreaking will make you vulnerable to malware which can see via sideloading apps.
The OS you use may also install adware and trackers on your device. Thus, it is a high price to pay for such a trivial need to use iMessage on a PC.
Methods you should stay away from (iPadian, Bluestacks iMessage, and others)
All the bogus methods of using emulators to use iMessage on PC are false. iMessage service needs apple ID, and emulators cannot offer Apple ID integration. Without it, you cannot connect to your iMessage account. So, you will be left with a deceiving emulator app that has malware that is useless for iMessage.
These were the three working methods to use the iMessage on PC. We have tried to explain the consequences of jailbreaking as well. Don’t use fake emulators because you will lose money and still not be able to use iMessage on a PC.
Why Won’t My IMessages Activate On My Macbook?
You need to use the same Apple ID for all your Mac devices and iPhones. If you use different Apple IDs on each device, you will encounter a problem. So, use a single Apple ID across all Apple devices to use iMessage.
How Do I Get IMessage On Windows 10 PC?
There is no official app released by Apple to use iMessage on Windows 10 PC. But there are many workaround methods to use iMessage on PC. You can use the Chrome remote desktop method or the Dell Mobile Connect app.
How Do I Enable IMessage On Mac Devices?
Open the messages app on your Mac device. To enable iMessage on a Mac device, open the app, and continue an existing iMessage conversation. It will show all the contacts with the iMessage feature enabled on their Apple device.
How Can I Download IMessage For PC?
There is no official app or website to download iMessage for PC. Only some workarounds let you use the service using a Windows PC. Moreover, you need to keep your Mac device switched ON if you want to access iMessage remotely.