If you’re interested in getting iMessage on your PC, this post will deliver every piece of information you need to know!
Although there are so many messaging platforms out there, WhatsApp, Messenger, Telegram… users still like to use iMessage. It is well-integrated into the stock Messages app, giving people the best texting experience. Not to mention the huge collection of emojis, GIF keyboards, and superior encryption.
But not everyone has a Mac, most iOS users are using a PC running Windows, including you probably. That’s why people search for “iMessage for PC” a lot. Some bad guys out there are even taking advantage of this, showing wrong information, making a profit.
Here, at iPhonebyte, I will only show you validated information, to save your time and effort, and to help you stay safe online.
Is it possible to use iMessage on PC?
In a nutshell, iMessage isn’t available for Windows, but there is a workaround can help you get it on your PC unofficially.
iMessage is one of the great features that make the workflow seamless between Apple products like iPhone, iPad, and Mac computer. So it’s easy to understand why Apple retains iMessage only for its own products and will probably never make it native for Windows.
There are no official ways to get iMessage on PC, but if you insist upon this, then I’ll show you the only method that works. It may be difficult for some of you as Apple is very restrictive with their technology.
I’ll also go over the other methods I’ve seen bloggers out there are promoting – the methods that don’t work at all and are even potentially harmful to your device and privacy.
How to Get iMessage on PC: The only method that works
This is the only solution right now, but it requires that you already have a Mac. It sounds weird, right? If I already have a Mac, why on Earth do I have to try getting iMessage on my PC. You might be thinking like that.
That sucks and won’t satisfy most of the people reading this article. But there is no better solution right now for sure. If in the future, I find out a new workaround to solve the issue, I’ll update this article to include it.
Anyway, if you prefer to work on your PC and have an old Mac, you can try it out. Here’s how:
Step 1: Enable iMessage on your Mac computer. Power on your PC.
Step 2: Download and install Chrome web browser on both computers.
Step 3: After you’ve installed it on both devices, download the extension Chrome Remote Desktop. Just follow the link and click on “Add to Chrome”. When the pop-up appears, click “Add app”.
On your Mac
Step 4: Once installed, you will be taken to the App tab at chrome://apps/. Click on the Chrome Remote Desktop app to open it. Two options will show up, select “Get started” under the second option, then click “Enable remote connections”.
Step 5: When prompted to download Chrome Remote Desktop Host Installer, click “Accept and Install”. It’s .dmg file to install software on your Mac.
Step 6: Once the file Chrome Remote Desktop Host is downloaded to your Mac, open it and double-click on the “Chrome Remote Desktop Host.pkg” to start installing the software. Just follow the instruction and install it, very simple.
Step 7: Once you have installed it successfully, click “Close” to get rid of the window.
Step 8: Get back to the main Chrome Remote Desktop screen, then click Enable remote connections again.
Step 9: The last step to do on your Mac is set a six-digit PIN code that you’re going to use to verify the connection from your PC to your Mac.
On your PC
Step 10: After installing Chrome Remote Desktop extension, click on the app to open it.
Step 11: Under My computers, click Get started. Now you can select your Mac computer to connect to it.
Step 12: Enter the PIN code you set earlier and click “Connect”.
Now you can start using iMessage and other programs on your Mac from your PC. To end your connection to your Mac, tap the “Stop Sharing” button located at the bottom of your shared screen.
The method is not ideal, and I’m sorry for that. In the meantime, while waiting for a better method, it’s better using an alternative messaging platform such as Telegram or Whatsapp.
You have heard of other methods out there? Well, keep reading!
How to Remove all the Chrome Remote Desktop apps you’ve installed
So far, we’ve installed two extensions on the Chrome browser on both computers, and the Chrome Remote Desktop Host application on Mac. If you don’t like this method and want to get rid of all the programs, then follow the instructions below:
1. Remove the app from Mac
Open Finder, navigate to the Application folder, find “Chrome Remote Desktop Host Uninstaller”, double-click to open it, then select “Uninstall”. Once done, it will inform you that “uninstall succeeded”.
2. Remove the Chrome Remote Desktop app from Chrome browser
Do this on both your Mac and PC.
- Open the Chrome Browser, type chrome://apps in the address bar and hit Enter.
- Find the Chrome Remote Desktop app, right-click on it, then select “Remove from Chrome…”
- At the dialog, click Remove
Jailbreaking your iOS device
There is a Cydia tweak named Remote Messages for jailbroken devices. It works nearly the same way as the remoting method I’ve shown you. But instead of accessing remotely a Mac, it allows you to access your messages from your iPhone or iPad via a web-based interface.
The tweak costs $4 from the BigBoss repo, but the last update only works for iOS 9 and earlier. On the forum of Remote Messages, the last thread was two years ago. Probably, it will not be developed further.
Personally, I do not recommend using this method as no one can assure safety when you sending messages through this Cydia app.
Using an iOS ‘Emulator’
iOS Emulator, just like ‘iMessage for PC’, is another term that people search for greatly. However, such programs do not exist. I did write an article to explain this and show people the alternative as well. You can check it out if you’re interested in running iOS apps on your PC.
You may find that various other articles or Youtube videos out there recommend using an iOS Emulator, like iPadian, to get iMessage on PC. Well, they are recommending things they don’t even use to test, or they do that on purpose.
So be aware of this and don’t be fooled!