When was the last time you used your iPhone or Android phone and then switched to a computer and wanted to do everything you did on your phone? It can make you mad. After all, (most of the time) your computer can do a lot more than your phone. At the very least, it has better specs. So, when switching to a better machine and finding that you can’t use it as well, it can be very frustrating.
I’ve always wanted my mobile and desktop computers to work together seamlessly. I’d like to be able to switch from one to the other without losing data, being unable to continue a conversation, or having to sync the two devices. This is a big reason why people buy Apple products, especially the newer versions of OSX. But you still have to go through a few hoops before you can enjoy this seamless integration. Even though Tim Cook has good intentions, not everyone buys an Apple monopoly for all of their devices. Some iPhone users still have PCs and are happy with them.
So, I wrote this guide to tell you everything you can do to use iMessage online quickly, easily, and on either a PC or a Mac. I’ll talk about the different options for both kinds of computers and make sure you know about all of them. I’ll also talk about alternatives and ways to make the whole thing go a little more smoothly.
Many studies show that audiences lose interest when they have to switch from one thing to another. This could be from a TV show to a commercial, from one website to another, or from one device to another. This is why there is no longer even a second of dead air between commercials and why your 8:00 sitcom starts while the 7:30 credits are still rolling.
But this isn’t just true about how people watch TV. This has a direct effect on how we use tech. When we have to switch from one device to another, which is happening more and more, and we can’t use all the features of both, it makes us less likely to use either. So, the goal is to make it easy for you to switch from your mobile device to your computer. This will make the experience better as a whole and make it less likely that you will “drop” a conversation.
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Is it possible to use iMessage online?
Is it possible to use iMessage online? If so, what alternatives are available to you as the reader? We’ll answer these questions first. The bottom conclusion is that while there are ways to use iMessage online, they may not be the ones you choose. Apple hasn’t created any online versions of its enormously successful messaging service thus far, though, It is primarily for this reason that Apple would prefer to retain their services only available on Apple devices and maintain the distinction between Apple and Windows in personal computing. iMessage is a huge part of Apple’s strategy to make the computer a personal experience, and with every new iPhone contract sold, they’re creating a larger and larger ecosystem of users, hoping that as people notice that more and more of their friends are using Apple products (and thus can communicate in ways specific to Mac users), that this will encourage them to switch to Apple products.
That being said, you should not be required to make the transfer. I suppose you’re here because you want to use iMessage on your PC; if you’re curious about how to use it on a Mac, read the guide below. On a Mac, it’s as simple as logging in and starting it because it’s already part of the operating system.
In this section, we’ll go into the nitty-gritty of how you’ll be able to access iMessage from your computer at work or home. If you have any additional ideas for how to make it work, please share them in the comments section below. We’d love to hear about them. iMessage’s capabilities will almost certainly evolve over time, as technology does.
Online Access to iMessage
Here’s the real reason you came to this page: being able to use iMessage online when you don’t have an Apple device handy. I’ll show you all the options, but keep in mind that they aren’t all that great because Apple hasn’t made the software open source, as many people have asked.
TIP: If you want to use any of these tricks, you’ll need to have an Apple App Store account, which means you’ll need an Apple device to sign up. If you don’t have an iPhone, iPad, or Mac, you can sign up and get an account by borrowing one from a friend. Also, most of the new iPods have WiFi, so you can connect to the app store through them. This means that if you have an iPod, you automatically have an App Store account. The iPod is a great device (it’s what started this whole Mac Renaissance, after all), and it can be a lot cheaper than any of Apple’s other top products, so if you don’t feel comfortable using someone else’s account (and most Mac users may be hesitant to let you use their account), this could be an option. But keep in mind that this would only give you an App Store account. It might not work with iMessage, so it might not be a good way to get around this problem.
There are only two ways to use iMessage online, and you need either a Mac or an iPhone or iPad that is connected to the same network. Right now, you can’t use iMessage if you don’t have an Apple device to send and receive messages. Because all messages go through Apple’s servers to be sent and received, you need something that can connect to their servers.
Remote Access to Mac
You may obtain all your iMessages online by remotely accessing your Mac from your PC. There must be no one else using the Mac for which this is being attempted in order for it to operate. In order to send and receive texts, you must first sign into iMessage on the Mac. Keep in mind that the Mac must be running in order for this to function.
The best way to connect your PC and Mac remotely is to use Chrome Remote Desktop, which lets you connect any two computers through the Chrome browser. Follow these steps to connect the two computers together.
- Both your PC and your Mac will need to download and install Chrome Remote desktop.
- From there, make sure you agree to all of the disclaimers and follow the instructions to set up remote desktop on both computers.
- Now, go to your Mac’s Remote Desktop extension to get the access code you need to make the connection secure.
- Once you have the access code, you can go to your PC and choose to connect to another device through the extension from afar. Enter the access code and follow the instructions to get the two devices to work together.
- You should see a screen pop up that shows you what’s on your Mac. Then you’ll be able to use your PC to manage it and send and receive iMessages.
Again, this trick will only work on a Mac computer.
Through a Jailbroken iPhone, You Can Send iMessages
You can also use an iPhone or iPad that has been jailbroken to send and receive iMessages online through a Mac or PC. But first, I’ll explain how jailbreaking your device works and what you can expect. Not everyone knows this, but jailbreaking your iPhone means installing a different operating system than the one that comes with it, which is called iOS. Basically, you’re changing the operating system to give yourself more control over the settings, what apps can be downloaded, etc.
A WARNING: Jailbreaking an iPhone or iPad is completely legal as long as you own the device in its entirety. There are no legal repercussions for jailbreaking, but there are some with Apple. Apple says that the warranty on your device is void if you jailbreak it. So, if your device is still covered by a warranty, you might want to think about how much it’s worth to you.
You can easily fix this by restoring your iPhone to factory settings. Apple won’t be able to tell if it has been jailbroken, and your warranty will still be valid. If you ever need to bring the phone to Apple, make sure you restore it first. If your device’s warranty has expired, this doesn’t matter too much. Also, keep in mind that when you jailbreak your iPhone, you make it more vulnerable to security risks. Since the apps and operating system are not as safe as those made by Apple, your device may be more likely to get a virus.
Now that the disclaimer is out of the way, here’s how to jailbreak your iPhone and make iMessage work from any computer.
- First, if you haven’t already, jailbreak your iPhone. You can check out the very long and detailed article on jailbreaking on Lifehacker. It doesn’t cost anything and won’t take more than 15 minutes.
- Next, you’ll need to get Cydia, which is like the Apple App Store for iPhones that have been jailbroken.
- You should download and install an app called Remote Messages on your iPhone that you can find on Cydia. It costs a few dollars, but the ease of use is well worth the cost.
- Once you have Remote Messages, go to Settings, then Remote Messages, and enter the username and password you want to use. Make sure the setting is turned on and that the password protection for authentication is turned on as well.
- You can now go to your PC and check your iMessages online. Write down the IP address that appears in your iPhone’s settings. You’ll need it to use the service online.
- Open a browser on your PC and type in the IP address from your iPhone’s settings, followed by “:333” without the quotes. This will bring up the login page so you can get into your iPhone and use it to send messages.
- You’ll see a screen asking you to log in. Enter the username and password you chose before, and you’ll be able to use the iMessage service.
That’s how to get iMessage online on an iPhone or iPad that has been jailbroken. Leave a comment below if you have any problems, and we will try to help you fix them or give you advice on how to get around them.
iMessage Online Mac
Last but not least, if you’re here because you want to get iMessages on your Mac, it’s really easy. It’s already built into every Mac, so you don’t have to change any settings or find other ways to use it.
If you press the command and space bar buttons at the same time on your Mac, spotlight will open. You can also click the little search glass in the upper right corner. When the search bar comes up, type “iMessage” and hit “Enter.” This will open the app, and if you’ve never used it before, you’ll be asked to sign in to your Apple account. If you have already opened it, just click on “iMessage” at the top left and then click “add account” to log in.
Sign in to your iMessage account with your Apple ID and password, and you’ll be able to send and receive messages right away. If you have an iPhone, you can use your phone number to send and receive messages. If you don’t, you’ll need to use your Apple ID email address as your “username” to send and receive messages. It does the same thing, but if you don’t have an iPhone, it gives you a different ID.
In 2016, there are alternatives to iMessage
We need to give Apple the credit it deserves for having such a big impact on how we expect our text messages and mobile phones to work. Hundreds of Windows PC and Android users would love to have access to the clean, concise, and fast service that comes with iOS devices, but we still don’t have access to any of Apple’s proprietary software kits outside of iTunes. In the past year, this envy has spread to Apple’s FaceTime, which is becoming more and more popular as a video calling app.
But that envy can only last for so long before potential competitors start to take advantage of it. This is the case with the convenience of iMessage and the chance for other services to step in and do what Apple won’t.
The fact that Facebook set out to make one of the best messaging services on the market might be the least surprising thing that could happen. After being separated from the main Facebook app, this new option, simply called “Messenger,” makes it easy to send and receive messages quickly. It also includes the video calling features that made Apple’s FaceTime so popular.
Even so, it’s still annoying that you don’t have instant and automatic access to your phone’s contacts, but that problem can be solved quickly and easily within the main Facebook app. Since the Messaging service is still technically part of the Facebook social media experience, you also have a built-in messaging service that works with Windows PCs whenever you go to the Facebook web page.
Here’s the weird suggestion, and I’d bet there are still a lot of people who don’t believe Snapchat’s sudden shift toward great messaging. Okay, maybe it wasn’t that sudden, but adding video calling to a media-heavy app can only mean one thing: it wants to compete with other messaging apps for mobile devices.
It hasn’t lost any of its quirky charm either, which is why young people with cell phones are still the most likely to use Snapchat. Even so, where you might have only been looking for fun, you can now find a messaging experience that is surprisingly flexible and full of options.
Even though Facebook bought WhatsApp more than a year ago, it is still able to stand on its own as a separate messaging service that people can download. It has always been free (and without ads), and now, based on what we saw in a working iOS beta test of the app, it will soon have video calling features.
Since WhatsApp can also be used on the web when you’re stuck in front of your computer, it’s clear that this little app from two former Yahoo! executives has proven its worth to the millions of people who still use it. This is a great alternative to iMessage and FaceTime, and it looks like it will only get better over time.
That’s all there is to this guide. We hope it helped answer your questions. There aren’t any great ways to use iMessage online, but we hope that Apple will make the service open source or at least make a PC version so that everyone can use it and they can get a bigger share of the mobile and computer messaging market.