Apple has already made it simple for iOS users to continue their conversations on MacBook after they left off on their iOS devices. However, the company has restricted this useful functionality only to their operating system. iPhone/iPad users who own a Windows- or Linux-based computer must look for an alternative solution. Fortunately, there are still a few ways available. In this post, we’ll share with you the most popular ones.
Before we start with what is working, you should first know what doesn’t work. All instant messaging apps have their online browser-based services, but iMessage is an exception when its service only supports iOS and MacOS X operating systems.
Additionally, Apple wants to limit iMessage to its own devices. So, we are now going over proven methods that allow you to cheat the limitations imposed by Apple on its users
If you are using a Windows or Linux computer, and you wish to send and receive iMessages without purchasing a MacBook, then there are some prove methods to help you achieve your goals.
The easiest way to use iMessages from a Windows or Linux computer is using Remote Desktop feature in Chrome browser to connect to your Apple computer.
To do so, you first need to install the Chrome Remote Desktop extension on devices that you need to connect with each other and then follow the simple setup procedure.
Briefly, you are given access to use which you will connect to your Mac desktop from your Windows or Linux computer, which means you can also use iMessage remotely.
The downside to this method is that you need a MacBook to start with. With this requirement, you should think about using iMessage on your MacBook computer.
Jailbreak your iPhone/iPad
The next method is a little complicated, but it will be much more useful. All you need is to jailbreak your iOS device to install an app called Cydia, which is a directory of useable apps on a jailbroken iOS device.
Once your phone is jailbroken, open Cydia and search for an app, called Remote Messages, which is $4 supplied by the BigBoss repo. Once installed, you can then set up a web-based interface to the device that you connect to through your iPhone’s IP address on the browser followed by :333. Do not worry since the app will explain everything to you. You just configure a password for security purposes and other things to protect your personal data saved on your device
To sign in iMessage remotely, you just launch your favorite web browser and type in the provided IP address followed by server port number. That’s done!
Use a Free Emulator To Send & Receive iMessages
Computers are now much powerful, so they can also emulate other operating systems, including iOS platform. The most popular iOS emulator, which is widely used by thousands of Windows users, is iPadian. You can download the emulator from its official website and then install it like any Windows applications.
While iMessage doesn’t come originally for any other OS, except for Apple’s own iOS. However, there’s an emulator that can trick the dmg file into running on your Windows PC. Here’s how to use iPadian on your computer.
- Once you’re done with installing the app, launch it and look for iMessage app from the search bar.
- iPaladin will then the app and let you install it.
- When the process is completed, simply open it and enjoy using iMessage right on your Windows computer. However, keep in mind that the emulator is still not flawless completely, but it gets the job done well.
Aside from iMessage, you can also use iPaladin to play popular and light iOS game, check how the operating system works, as well as do other interesting things. The developers update this application on a regular basis, so any bugs created in the way of your user experience will likely be cleared out in the next update.
Receive iOS Notifications on Windows
Another useful, lightweight way to use iMessage on Windows computer is Pushbullet. All you need is to connect your iOS device to your computer and the service will then act as a bridge between your iOS device and your computer, letting you send text messages, view your phone’s notifications, along with other things like sending files, chatting with friends, and more. If you usually spend long hours working on your Windows computer and hate being distracted by notification messages on from your phone, this method is a really good solution for you.
Use Another Instant Messaging App
Even when you love iMessage, but Apple has just integrated it with the rest of their products. Additionally, its functionality will not also come close to currently instant messaging apps like Telegram. Telegram does not just run on virtually all operating systems, but it also supports encryption, creates groups up to 5000 members, self-destructing messages, share large document and file, and more. You should give it a shot.
That’s how to use iMessage on Windows and Linux computers. If you know other interesting apps or services to use iMessage on non-Apple devices, let’s know in the comment below.