iMessage is Apple’ instant messaging service that allows Apple users to share texts, photos, videos, and files for free of charges. To use iMessage, all you need is an Apple device with a stable internet connection. You also may be aware of the fact that iMessage is only limited to Apple users, you cannot send iMessages to a person owning an Android or a Window phone.
Additionally, iMessage is only accessible through the Apple devices. What it means is that the interconnectivity between the Apple devices through Apple ID allows the users to access the iMessage on various Apple devices. For instance, you can send a message through your iPhone and then read the reply on your Mac Book or vice versa.
Now the question is that if a person has an iPhone but not a Mac book then how can they access the iMessage online? You’d think that Apple has got you covered, and there must be a Windows-Based browser or an App that would allow you to access the iMessages online. Sadly, that’s not the case. For no obvious reason, Apple wants to keep its services limited to its own iDevices and Mac computers, and that leaves many users frustrated.
Setting up iMessages on Mac:
You may well have understood the fact that there is no direct way to access IMessages online. However, there is a tricky technique through which you can do that. For that trick to work, first you need to set up iMessages on your Mac. To do that:
1. Open the Message App on your Mac. If you cannot find the Message App then you may have to download it via App Store.
2. Now provide your Apple ID credential to log in.
3. Make sure the Apple ID is the same as the one you are using on the iPhone/iPad.
4. Once signed in, Messages automatically downloads and syncs any previous conversations used with that Apple ID.
5. You can now access (read/reply) to your iMessages via Mac.
Accessing iMessage on Windows PC:
Now comes the tricky part. To access iMessages on Windows PC, you will need to provide a Remote Access to Mac. The best way to do it is to utilize Chrome’s great Remote Desktop feature. In simple words, remote access would work as a bridge to connect Mac to Windows PC. Here is how you will be able to do that:
Set up the Chrome Remote Desk on your Mac by:
1. Open the Chrome browser and log in with the Google ID.
2. Open Chrome’ App Store to download the Chrome Remote Desktop App.
3. Add the App to Chrome by confirming the Authorization.
4. Locate the app on your Chrome’ home screen and click on it.
5. Click Enable Remote Connections in the pop-up and follow the on-screen instructions.
6. Chrome would ask you to Download Chrome Remote Desktop Host Installer; allow it by clicking Accept and install.
7. Once the download is complete, open it by clicking on it.
8. Double-Click the Chrome Remote Desktop Host Package and follow on-screen instructions. You will also need to provide the admin password when asked.
9. Relaunch Chrome once the installation is complete.
10. Click the option Enable Remote Connections.
11. Provide a new 6-digits PIN. Memorize or write it somewhere for your ease.
Chrome on Windows PC:
Now you will need to access the Mac from the Windows PC. Here is how you will do that:
1. Open the Google Chrome on your Windows PC and sign in with the same ID you used on Mac.
2. Click on the Chrome Remote Desktop App.
3. Locate the Mac under My Computers and double click on it. Doing this will prompt the connection and you would be asked to provide the 6-digit pin you created earlier.
4. Once the connection is established, click the Message App in your Mac’s Dock.
5. Your iMessages should appear on screen in Chrome.
6. Once you have checked them, you can end your connection by clicking the option Stop Sharing located at the bottom of your screen. If you lose the connection accidentally, you will need to re-pair via the same process.
So, this is how you can access the iMessages online on a Windows PC. One major drawback regarding this method is that your Mac must stay awake during the whole process of pairing. It also needs to remain connected to the internet, throughout. If the Mac goes to sleep or loses the internet connection then the Windows PC won’t be able to pair with it.
It is a shame that Apple hasn’t made iMessage accessible across the different operating systems. It is expected to be addressed in the coming iOS updates. However, if Apple doesn’t address this issue then iMessage service likely to be replaced by other instant messaging services such as WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, or Viber etc.