iMessage is a built-in, instant (and free) messaging service, built for iPhones and iPod touch devices, alongside the regular SMS and MMS services. Though the app has somewhat similar functions as your regular SMS and MMS, it differs in the sense that a user can receive and send messages on Wi-Fi alone, even in the absence of cellular network. Furthermore, it’s also much faster and efficient than normal messaging services. Using the iMessage service is truly a powerful experience, which ensures that you are constantly in touch with friends from anywhere.
Looking at the apps efficiency, it is only but natural that many Apple device users also want accessibility to iMessage on their laptops and Personal Computers (PC) as well. It’s true that the app was built for Apple devices, yet now the app can also be accessed by those of you, who do not possess either a MacBook or an iMac. Yes, you heard it right. The iMessage service can easily be installed and put to use on your Windows PC and laptops too, thus giving you more options to stay connected, especially at your workplace, even your Mac or iPhone is not around.
Hence, here is a step-by-step guide for installing and using iMessage on your Windows PC or laptop with ease. All you require is your Mac Computer and an activated iMessage app on your iOS, OS X, or mac OS devices. Let’s read on and find out how to do so.
Steps to use iMessage on Windows PC or Laptop
There are more ways than one to get iMessage working on your Windows PC or Laptop. Here are three ways you can try.
#1- Chrome Remote Desktop
Using the Chrome Remote Desktop ensures that your are on a secure connection. To go through with this first method you would need your PC and Mac at the same place. You would also require your Apple ID. Here are the steps.
- The first step is the most essential. You have to download and install iMessage both on your Windows PC and Apple device.
- Next, launch Remote Chrome extension on your MacBook and get the access code that you would required for creating the connection with the Windows PC.
- Upon having received the code, move over to your Windows PC or laptop, open the Chrome Remote Desktop and enter the access code received.
- Doing this will connect you, and display a screen that shows you your Mac Desktop wherefrom you can start using iMessage remotely.
The only drawback about this method is that your MacBook or iMac must be switched on, to use this feature on your Windows PC or Laptop.
#2 Jailbreaking your Apple Device
This is another way to get iMessage activated on your Windows Browser. However, a word of caution is to backup all important files on your Apple devices to prevent loss of data while carrying out the process. Additionally, doing so voids your warranty and makes your Apple device more prone to bugs, and security threats and malware. Hence, this procedure must only be used by those who are absolutely sure about being able to handle it
Nonetheless, like the name suggests, Jailbreaking is not illegal. It’s the process by which you can replace the iOS on your iPhone with a new operating system for more flexibility of use. By doing this you will have access to several custom apps, and add-ons, which are otherwise unavailable in Apple’s official App Store.
So, if you are ready to Jailbreak your phone, here is how you can do it.
- After having backed up your phone’s data and formatting it, restore your Apple device that you wish to jailbreak, using iTunes so that it is clean and yields better results.
- Next, download the software for jailbreaking your Windows computer. Once you have been able to jailbreak your OS look for Cydia, your jailbroken app store.
- Next purchase the app called “Remote Messages” which makes iMessage available online for all kinds of devices and computers, even your Windows PC.
- You are all set once this is done, provided that you have provided your authentication details along with your iPhone’s IP address on the browser. The IP address must be followed by the number 333. You must be logged in to have full access to iMessage.
The two methods discussed above are the most common ways of getting to use iMessage on your Windows PC or Laptop. Though hopes are high that Apple soon does release an iMessage version that is compatible for all operating systems and devices. But, until then, to be able to access and send messages from and to friends and family wherever we may be or go, these techniques are what we can opt for. iMessage is as famous as any messaging app, and the best part is that it’s free, fast, and save money. So, why wouldn’t anyone want it? If you are one of the iMessage fan, go ahead and try this out.