We are all familiar with Telegram and WhatsApp but for iOS users, iMessage is the most convenient option and is without a doubt, one of the best features of iOS. With the latest updates, it has become even more feature rich and has made it very simple for the iOS users to pick up conversations right where they left off on their iOS devices.
But the thing is, there are a lot of restrictions employed to limit the functionality to their operating system. iPad or iPhone users who use Windows or Linux based PCs need to figure out ways to circumvent these restrictions so that they can use this functionality on their computers as well. Unlike the modern instant messaging apps like Telegram which comes with their browser-based services, iMessage doesn’t. So that simple method will not work.
But there are a few other tricks up our sleeve which you can use to send and receive iMessage messages on your own Windows or Linux based system. This article discusses everything you need to know about those tricks and takes you one step at a time on how to achieve that.
Use Chrome Remote Desktop Service
This is the easiest method to access iMessage online on PC Windows system is by installing Chrome’s Remote Desktop feature which will allow you to connect to your Apple device. You can install this feature by following the steps given below.
1. Firstly, install Google Chrome on your device and then install the Chrome Remote Desktop extension on both your Mac as well as your Windows/Linux system.
2. Launch the app on both of the computers and click on the ‘Get Started’ option.
3. On your Mac device, click on ‘Enable Remote Connection’ option and then download the Chrome Remote Desktop Host Installer.
4. When you open the installer, you will be provided with some instructions which you should follow to finish the installation.
Install iOS emulator on your computer
iOS emulators are a good way to go. They are third party software which imitates the behavior of the iOS operating system on your Windows or Linux systems by creating a virtual iOS environment on your device. Just make sure that you are using a good emulator as you will want to keep away all the malware from your device. Here is a list of some trustworthy emulators that you can try. Install one of these and you can use iMessage on your device whenever you want.
- MobiOne Studio
- iPhone Simulator
- iPad Simulator
Get iOS notifications on Windows
Another simple and lightweight solution is by connecting your iOS device to your computer using Pushbullet. This acts a bridge between your mobile and desktop operating systems thus allowing you to send messages, see your phone’s notification, chat with friends and do so much more. This is perfect for you if you are someone who likes to work long hours on your computer without interruption from your phone.
Access iMessage by jailbreaking
You can access iMessage on a browser by jailbreaking your iPhone. So what is jailbreaking? It is a process where you replace your actual iOS version with a new edited (hacked) operating system which provides more flexibility. This makes it easier for you to get the iMessages at every desired place of your choice and at any time.
Jailbreaking is quite similar to the rooting process done on Android devices. It will help you explore hidden features of your iPhone which cannot be accessed in the official Os version. You will be able to customize your iPhone according to your needs. Apps that weren’t available on the App Store can also be installed after your jailbreak your device. There is even a separate app called Cydia which is an alternate App store available exclusively for jailbroken iPhones.
But before you decide on whether you are okay with jail breaking your device, you should be aware of all the risks involved. The first con to jailbreaking is that as soon as you jailbreak your device, your device will go out of warranty period. Another drawback is that jailbreaking will remove all the security measures which prevent your device from external threats and attacks.
If you have reached so far, I hope that now you are able to access your iMessages on whatever device that you intended. Though the iMessage app gives you smooth messaging experience, there are many more apps like Telegram which offers tons of features and better performance and security, which you can access anytime, anywhere. Those are also an alternative that you can consider. I hope that you find this post informative and useful. Please let me know your thoughts and feedbacks.