The best part of using multiple Apple products is accessibility.
If you own a Macbook Air and an iPhone, you can perform a lot of tasks that you normally do on your iPhone right on the laptop. For example, when I’m working, and someone sends me a text message, I can reply to them right from the Macbook Air.
How convenient is that? There are much more you can do as well.
But if you have an iOS device and a Windows computer, it becomes two separate things.
I don’t know about other apps, but as for the Messages app, there is a workaround.
Convince me to use iMessage on Windows
Pshhh, are you kidding me? Why are you here, then?
Instead of picking up your iPhone, unlock it, read the text, and use the little keyboards to type the message back. Why not just use a computer while you’re on it?
This will help to avoid, even more, distractions when working in an office. There might be some more notifications out there when you turn that iPhone on. So it’s good to stick with just one interruption, your text message.
WinMessage (an open source on Github)
WinMessage is free to use software that brings iMessage to your Windows computer. It doesn’t matter if you have a desktop or laptop, it will work.
Released as a source code on Github by developer 0xFireball. But don’t get too excited as there are several requirements and notes to follow. As far as the setup process goes, you are not required to compile any source code or download additional tools on your computer.
However, your iPhone or iPad must be jailbroken.
How does this all work?
As noted on the dev page, users can use their iMessage on Windows by connecting to “a WebSocket server called Remote Messages.” Which means we will have to install a tweak called Remote Messages from Cydia.
Getting Started with WinMessage on your PC
In this tutorial, I’ll guide you through the entire process. Be sure to follow each step carefully.
- Download the latest built of WinMessage from here (not the source code, just the .exe)
- Click on the setup icon and proceed. Now WinMessage will appear on your desktop, but don’t open it yet
- On your iOS device, open Cydia > Search > and install Remote Messages
- Go to the Settings page and find the Remote Messages option. Be sure to know the current IP address, adjust your account details, and enable SSL in the configuration page
- Back to your computer, launch WinMessage. The login screen will appear, and you may enter the credential from the step above
After that, you should be able to get inside your iMessage account on the Windows computer.
Now that we got the positive stuff covered let’s talk about the potential risk. As of version 1.1.2, there is no uninstall option, and that left me wondering why. Secondly, someone posted a question… So… Why is this installer encrypted when he has the sourcecode on github? And also included a long line of codes along with a screenshot to show proof. Admittedly, this software seems a bit sketchy to me because of what I just saw on Reddit. However, I have to say that it gets the job done.
The developer of this software made a comment below about the possible risk. He has removed the executable file aka installer. From now on, to run WinMessage, you will have to build it from the source code.
But hey, the good thing is that you can now reply and compose an SMS/iMessage on a Windows PC. Let us know how that goes for you.