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How to Use iMessage on Your Windows PC?

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What’s the one most popular feature of iOS? iMessage, isn’t it? Now, with the latest updates, it has become even better and useful. Users use iMessage on all their iOS devices, such as iPhone, iPad, etc. It also has support for Mac computers, which makes this a multi-platform communication tool handy.

But what about the users like you who have Windows PCs? How can you get iMessage on your PC?

How to Use iMessage on Your Windows PC

How to Use iMessage on Your Windows PC?

It may not be the easiest task in the world, but you don’t really have to worry at all.

Unlike any other app that can be used through its web version, iMessage is a totally different story. There is no dedicated online service from Apple’s communication tool. Apple’s concept behind this is that the company wants to keep all of its services exclusive for iDevices and Mac devices. This concept leaves millions of users unable to access iMessage from Windows PCs.

There are a few ways by which you can get iMessage on your PC. Additionally, these methods also work for Linux and UNIX. These tricks will allow you to send and receive iMessages.

How iMessage Works?

iMessage was released by Apple back in 2012. It was a stock app in the Mountain Lion (Mac OS 10.0), from then onwards, this Apple’s messaging app lets you pick up conversations on your Mac where you left off on your other iOS devices. The best thing about iMessage is that it is free and works for anyone who has activated iMessage account on their iDevices and Macs.

iMessage messaging option is not activated by default. But you can easily activate it from normal text messages by just accessing the settings option on your iDevice and activate the iMessage option. Then you can send messages to any person anytime using iMessage application. By using the iMessage application, you can even send messages to many people at a time. You just need to have an iMessage account and good internet connectivity.

But since you are using a Windows PC, you won’t be able to access the iMessage application. In today’s world, most people use Windows PC, which makes it impossible for them to use iMessage.

If you are also among those people, who have iOS devices but work on Windows operating system, then this article is for you as in this article, you will learn to use iMessage on your Windows PC.

Everybody thinks that it would be great if there is some easy way through which you could easily download and install the iMessage application on your Windows PC, but there is not. However, there are some methods using which you can use iMessage application on your Windows PC.

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Method 1: Use Chrome Remote Desktop to access iMessage on Windows

How to Get iMessage on Your Mac?

If you don’t have iMessage activated on your Mac, then here is how you can do it:

First, check if the app is installed on your Mac.

1. Look for “Messages” in the dock or in “Spotlight Search.” You can also check it in your application’s folder. The desktop version of iMessage is “Messages.”

Look for Messages in the dock or in Spotlight Search

2. In case, if you don’t have iMessage on your Mac, then check the macOS you are running, is it Mountain Lion (Mac OS 10.8) or higher.

3. If your Mac OS is older than the above-mentioned version, then download the latest OS that your computer allows.

4. After the update, you will see the Messages app there in the menu and dock as well. If not, then download it from the Mac App Store.

You can also check for iMessage in your application's folder

5. Once you have Messages on your Mac, open the app and sign in with your Apple ID and password. Just remember that this app only works with your Apple account now.

Once you have signed in into the iMessage app on your Mac computer, use the steps mentioned below to use iMessage on your Windows PC:

1. Set up Chrome Remote Desktop on Windows & MAC

a) Set up Remote Access on Windows 10

You can set up remote access in Windows using the below steps:

1. Open Chrome then navigate to remotedesktop.google.com/access in the address bar.

2. Next, under Set up remote access, click on the Download button at the bottom.

Open Chrome then navigate to remotedesktop.google.com access in the address bar

3. This will open the Chrome Remote Desktop extension window, click on “Add to Chrome“.

Click on Add to Chrome next to Chrome Remote Desktop

4. A dialog box asking you for confirmation to Add Chrome Remote Desktop will appear. Click on the Add extension button to confirm.

A dialog box asking you for confirmation to Add Chrome Remote Desktop will appear

Note: You may need to sign in to your Google Account,  if you do not have one then you will need to create a new Google account.

5. You may have to enter your computer password in order to add the Chrome Remote Desktop extension.

b) Set up Remote Access on Mac

You can set up remote access on Mac using the below steps:

1. Open Chrome then navigate to remotedesktop.google.com/access in the address bar.

Open Chrome on Mac then navigate to remotedesktop.google.com/access in the address bar

2. Next, under Set up remote access, click on the Download button at the bottom. Next, click on the Install button.

Under Set up remote access, click on the Install button

3. This will open the Chrome Remote Desktop extension window, click on “Add to Chrome“.

This will open the Chrome Remote Desktop extension window, click on Add to Chrome

4. Click on the Add extension button to confirm.

Click on the Add extension button to confirm

5. You will get a notification saying “Chrome Remote Desktop has been added to Chrome“.

You will get a notification saying Chrome Remote Desktop has been added to Chrome

2. Share your Computer (Mac) Access to Windows

Now you need to share your computer access with someone else:

1. On Mac, open Chrome then navigate to remotedesktop.google.com/support and press Enter.

2. Click on “Turn On” under Set up remote access.

On Mac, open Chrome then navigate to remotedesktop.google.comsupport

3. Under Remote Access, type the name you want to set for your Computer.

Under Remote Access, type the name you want to set for your Computer

4. Now you need to set a 6-digit PIN which you will need to connect to this computer remotely.

5. Type your new PIN the re-type to confirm and then click on the START button.

Set 6-digit PIN which you will need to connect to this computer remotely

6. Now enter the password for your Computer to confirm the changes.

Enter the password for your Computer to confirm the changes

7. Next, you need to Grant permission to Chrome Remote Desktop. Click on the Open Accessibility Preferences button.

Grant permission to Chrome Remote Desktop

8. Click Next to open the Security & Privacy window.

Click Next to open Security & Privacy window

9. Under the Security & Privacy window, checkmark “ChromeRemoteDesktopHost” to allow permission.

Checkmark ChromeRemoteDesktopHost to allow permission

10. Once done, you will see the following name of your device.

Once done, you will see the following the name of your device.

11. Next, switch to the Remote Support tab.

12. Under “Get Support” click on GENERATE CODE button to get a unique 12-digit code.

Under Get Support click on GENERATE CODE button

13. Make sure to note down the above 12-digit code somewhere safe as you will need it later on.

Send the above code to the person you want to share access to your computer

14. Next, send the above code to the person you want to share access to your computer.

3. Access iMessage Using Chrome Remote Desktop

Follow the below steps to access a computer (Mac) remotely on Windows PC:

1. Open Chrome then navigate to remotedesktop.google.com/access, and press Enter.

Open Chrome then navigate to remotedesktop.google.com access

2. Switch to the Remote Support tab then under Give Support type the “Access code” which you got in the above step and click on Connect.

Switch to the Remote Support tab then under Give Support type the Access code

3. Once the remote computer (which is Mac in this case) give access, you will be able to access the computer remotely using Chrome Remote Desktop extension.

Access a computer (Mac) remotely on Windows PC

Note: On Mac, the user will see a dialog with your email address, they need to select Share in order to allow the full access of their PC with you.

On Mac, the user will see a dialog with your email address, they need to select Share

4. Once the connection is established, you will be able to access the Mac desktop on your Windows PC.

Once connected, you will have full access to the user's Macbook

5. Now within the Chrome Remote Desktop window, click on Launchpad icon and select Messages icon from the tray.

6. You will now have access to iMessage, and you can now send & receive messages using iMessage from your Windows PC.

Access iMessage Using Chrome Remote Desktop on Windows 10 PC

After completing the above steps, you can access the iMessage on your Windows PC. But if you switch off the Mac, then the connection with the Windows PC will also be disconnected, and you will no longer have access to iMessage on Windows PC.

4. Stop a Remote Session

You either stop the remote session from Windows PC or Mac. On Mac, visit remotedesktop.google.com/support on Chrome. Then under Get Support click on the “STOP SHARING” button.

Under Get Support click on the STOP SHARING button

On Windows PC, navigate to remotedesktop.google.com/support on Chrome. Now click on the arrow on the right-hand side of the window then click on Disconnect to stop the connection.

Click on the arrow on the right-hand side of the window then click on Disconnect

Remove a computer from your list

On Mac, open Chrome then navigate to remotedesktop.google.com/access and hit Enter. Now, next to the computer (Windows) which you want to remove, click on the Disable remote connections.

Next to the Computer which you want to remove click on the Disable remote connections

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Method 2: Access iMessage Using iPadian2

The above method is a temporary method to access iMessage application on your Windows PC. You can install Apple’s Message app on Windows using iPadian2. For that, you need to install iPadian software on your Windows 10.

To use iPadian2 to access iMessage on your Windows PC, follow the below steps:

1. Download the iPadian emulator using the link.

2. Click on Free Download for Windows option.

3. Once the download is complete, click on the .exe file that has been downloaded.

4. When asked for confirmation, click on the Yes button.

5. The dialog box shown below will open up. Click on the Next option to continue.

6. Select the destination where you want to install this app and click on the Next button.

Select the destination where you want to install iPadian

7. Click on the Install button to install the iPadian.

Click on the Install button to install the iPadian.

8. Once the installation is complete, click on the Finish button to launch the Emulator.

Once the installation is complete, click on the Finish button to launch the Emulator

9. The iPadian application will open, search for iMessage.

Note: If the app is not installed then you need to install the application.

The iPadian application will open, search for iMessage

10. Now you need to activate the iMessage app by using your Phone number and Display name then click on the Active iMessages button.

Activate the iMessage app by using your Phone number and Display name then click on the Active iMessages button

11. After completing the above steps, you will be able to access iMessage on your Windows PC.

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So, hopefully, by following this guide and the mentioned methods, you will be able to successfully use iMessage on your Windows PC easily without facing any issue.

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Elon Decker

Elon is a tech writer at TechCult. He's been writing how-to guides for about 6 years now and has covered many topics. He loves to cover topics related to Windows, Android, and the latest tricks and tips.

2 thoughts on “How to Use iMessage on Your Windows PC?”

  1. If you have an Alienware pc, you can use Alienware Mobile Connect. Dell is the owner of Alienware & Dell has a version too.

  2. So, on: ipadian.net
    …it states: “iMessages is not supported by iPadian or any other platform besides iPhone / iPad / MacOS”
    So, does this work or not?

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