The NO BS Guide to Get iMessage on Windows PC

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How to get iMessage on PC?

Have you ever wished you could send and receive iMessage on your Windows PC?

Many Windows users crave using iMessage on PC. In fact, Microsoft has openly said, the company is ready to working with Apple to bring iMessage support to its operating system.

On the contrary, Apple has gone to the extent to make it challenging for Microsoft to add support for Messages. So we’re not sure that’s going to happen anytime soon.

As you may already know, Apple has brought iMessage to the Mac. But what about windows users? Can they run iMessage on PC? In this step-by-step guide, you’ll learn how to use iMessage on PC.

How to get iMessage on PC

Spoiler alert:

We’ll not be using Chrome Remote Desktop or any remote desktop tool. For this to work, you’ll need a running Mac computer. So you can access it remotely from a PC and use the Messages app. This is not a practical solution for most people. If you have a Mac computer, why bother to use iMessage on a PC.

Some websites may recommend using iPadian, which is an iOS or iPad emulator. In fact, it doesn’t really let you run iOS apps (DMG files) on your Windows PC. It only provides you with a similar look and feel as Apple’s original. Don’t waste your time and money on iPadian.

Now what?

Read on to find out how to get iMessage on a Windows PC without a Mac.

Dell Mobile Connect

There’s actually a simple and easy way to run iMessage on your PC without a Mac computer. A new Dell feature called “Dell Mobile Connect” allows Android and iOS users to make calls and send texts right from their PC screen.

That means iPhone users will get a long-awaited ability to send iMessages from their Windows PCs. A feature that was only available on Mac computers.

You can also get notifications, transfer files and interact with all your favorite apps on your computer. Here’s how it works.

Dell Mobile Connect on-screen instructions
Screenshot: Herby Jasmin/Gotechtor

Dell’s Mobile Connect app is simple to set up. Download the app from Dell.com and install it both on your Windows PC and iPhone. Keep in mind this app will only work on Dell XPS, Inspiron, G-Series and Vostro PCs with Bluetooth purchased in January 2018 or later.

You should note, your PC and your iPhone need Windows 10 version or higher and iOS 10 or higher, respectively for this to work.

Make sure to enable Bluetooth on both your iPhone and Windows PC. Launch the app select iPhone from the list of available devices and confirm the PIN on your iPhone. Then, enable access to show contents and notifications on your iPhone.

adding a phone on Dell Mobile Connect
Screenshot: Herby Jasmin/Gotechtor

Here’s what the app allows you to do:

  • Make and receive phone calls
  • Send and receive text messages
  • Access your phone’s contact
  • Receive notifications from native and third party apps
  • Mirror you iPhone’s screen

Wrap Up

Keep in mind you have to have your phone unlocked and the app in the foreground at all time to send messages. This may ruin the convenience factor for many users, and can also take a hit on your iPhone’s battery life.

The whole point of the app is so people don’t have to have their phone running next to them. Hopefully Dell can push an update soon to address this situation.

If you’ve learned how to use iMessage on your PC, please share and/or recommend this article to your friends so they can benefit from it too.

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