Just about every Apple user has at least heard of iMessage, which is the iOS version of texting. iMessage is available on all Apple devices, including iPhones, iPads, iMacs, and even iPods, but so far it is not available on Windows computers.
For those of you holding out hope that Apple will make iMessage on PC, you will probably end up waiting quite a long time.
Here’s why iMessage will never be available on Windows PC.
Texting is addicting. Once you get emotionally involved with constant outside stimulation assaulting your brain, it is hard to stop looking at your machine every two minutes. Without rapid fire words appearing on a screen, you feel bored, not part of the action. – Bill O’Reilly
What is iMessage For PC?
iMessage can be found on all Apple devices, that includes iPads, iPods, iMacs, MacBooks, and iPhones. iMessage is Apple’s version of instant messaging and was released back in 2011. iMessage offers a lot of cool features, including:
- GIF support
- App support in iMessage
- Ability to share music
- Ability to send money
I am personally a big fan of iMessage. It is easy to use and has a lot of features that appeal to me. I don’t personally use other instant messaging apps all that much so iMessage is my primary means of communication with my friends and family.
Will iMessage Ever Be on Windows PC?
Apple will probably never make iMessage native to Windows, but there are still ways to use iMessage on Windows. Apple is very restrictive with their technology so to use iMessage you will need to be using one of their devices.
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Now, there are ways around that so you can use iMessage on your Windows computer but they can be difficult to do. Let’s go over them:
Getting iMessage on Your Windows PC
Like we said, there are ways to get iMessage on your PC. One way you can use if you already have a Mac computer, and another if your phone is jailbroken. A final option is by using an iOS emulator on your computer.
For a Jailbroken Phone
Note: We are not going to cover how to jailbreak your iPhone. If it is something you are interested in we recommend you check out this article from Macworld, or do your own search on Google.
If you have a jailbroken iPhone then you can access iMessage from your computer. You will need to download an app called Remote Messages, which costs around $3. With that, you can access messages from not only your Windows PC but from any other platform you have.
Using Remote Desktop: Chrome
Note: This only works if you have an Apple computer. If you do not then you cannot accomplish getting iMessage of your Windows.
Another way to be able to use iMessage on your Windows computer is by using Chrome’s remote desktop extension. You will need to install remote desktop on your computers and then follow the instructions given to you (which will be provided). This extension allows you to access your Mac from your Windows computer (or vice versa) and makes it so you can use iMessage.
This extension is great not only for accessing iMessage but for just accessing your other computers in general.
Using an iOS Emulator
Finally, you can use an iOS emulator to access iMessage on your Windows PC. An emulator is a software program that imitates or emulates, something else. In this case, an iOS emulator imitates an Apple device so that you trick programs into thinking that you are using them with an iOS device. Now there are a few iOS emulators out there but so far not many are awesome. I recommend using iPadian, it is a pretty decent emulator and it is easy to use. You can check it out and download on iPadian.
If you get an iOS emulator then you can not only use iMessage, but you can also use other apps you can use on your iPhone or iOS device.
What Are Some IM Apps You Can Use on Windows?
Just because iMessage isn’t natively on Windows does not mean that there aren’t other great instant messaging apps that you can get for your computer. These apps do not require any emulators to run them because they stand by themselves.
Discord is a great app that was made primarily for gamers. Discord allows you to not only chat with friends but to see what game they are playing and even allows you to join up with them quickly. It also sends you notifications when friends are on and provides in-game overlay so chatting while gaming is super easy. What’s better is that Discord is available on all platforms, including Windows and iOS. It is one of my personal favorite instant messengers and is my go to on my computer when I am gaming with friends.
Telegram is another great instant messaging app that is extremely quick. Their servers handle messages at a very fast speed and there are no limits on the sizes of media files you send. What I personally love about Telegram is that it is completely free and ad-free, so you don’t feel like you are working with constant interruptions. It is available on all platforms and they even offer a web-based version so no matter what device you are using you can use Telegram.
Line is one of my go-to apps when I play mobile games in alliances. Line is very easy to use and more importantly is free. You can make audio calls and video calls on Line, as well as just simple instant messaging through chat. Line has stickers you can use to help express your moods, and you can even get more from the Sticker Shop. Line is available on all platforms, including both Windows and Mac, so you can access your chats from whatever device you have.
People have entire relationships via text message now, but I am not partial to texting. I need context, nuance and the warmth and tone that can only come from a human voice. – Danielle Steel