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Getting Your iMessages on Windows 10
Just a short time ago, applications were very specific to the type of devices they could be used on. Today, software communicates in a way that has transformed the usability of our apps. One of the most useful examples, are the expansions on messaging. Messaging no longer means cellphone-to-cellphone, or computer-to-computer. Today, we take a look at how you can utilize the iMessage application’s versatility, by getting it on your Windows 10 PC.
Before we dive into how you can send and receive text messages on your computer, we do need to fill you in on some information. iMessage is not an application you can just download on your PC directly from the app store. It requires the use of third-party software, meaning there are more risks than one would anticipate from company-provided software. Two of the three methods we will share aren’t necessarily advisable to be installed on your business PC, however the software still is able to fulfill the task at hand: send text messages, with a computer.
Method #1 - iPadian
The first method is an application called iPadian. The software is available through the app store. It works by emulating an iPad’s iOS environment. It allows you to access all of your Apple resources on a PC, but there are drawbacks. BrightWire Networks does not recommend going out and installing iPadian, because chances are, you’re putting yourself at risk of a cybercriminal attack. One seemingly small download is an open door for a cybercriminal to infect your device with malware.
With that being said, it still does get the job done. If your device doesn’t have confidential personal data and is equipped with up-to-date anti-virus/anti-malware programs, then it will accomplish what you want. In order to leverage this application, you will need either an active iCloud email account, or a phone number associated with your iPhone’s SIM card.
Method #2 - Jailbreak (iPhone Only)
Jailbreaking devices has been all the rage since the days of the iPod. Doing so enables your device to do things that otherwise would have been impossible. So why doesn’t everyone do it? Well for starters, the practice immediately voids your warranty on your iPhone. Another drawback is the effect this could have on your device’s ability to stay secure. Do, in your eyes, the pros outweigh the cons? Well, if you have an iPhone from model SE to 8S Plus, a jailbreak is available for you! We don’t advise jailbreaking your iPhone, as it might brick your phone, but if you absolutely need your iMessages on your Windows 10 PC, and you are risking it
Once this procedure has been completed, the third-party application you will use is called Cydia. The price of this application is around $4.00. Once it is downloaded, open it and search for Remote Messages. This opens a web-based interface on your Windows 10 PC that you can then use to send or receive messages. You’ll need to allow access to your iPhone’s IP address and the port number that you set up in the Remote Messages app.
The difference between method #1 and method #2, is in method #1 you are impersonating an Apple device. With method 2, you are simply remoting into your device.
Method #3 - Google Chrome Remote Desktop (macOS Only)
If you’re a Mac user and are forced to use a Windows 10 PC for work and have rendered your work device and Windows 10 device incommunicable, we have news for you. Google Chrome’s Remote Desktop has a feature that will put this thought at rest. To utilize this feature, first you need to make sure your Mac is running a supported version of macOS. Then, you will go to set up your Chrome remote desktop, and once completed you can access your Mac at home directly from your work PC.
Which method do you see yourself using in the future? As of right now, these are the main three methods. In the future however, there might just be an iMessage app directly in the app store. For more great tips on what is and isn’t possible with all things technology, subscribe to our blog!