2013-03-15

Apple iMessage Client for Windows

I have been an iOS user for a while now and making use of iMessage since the day it was launched. It's quite convenient and most of my contacts use it too. Ever since the "Moutain Lion" version of Mac OS X, users are also able to send iMessages using their laptop or desktop computers, in addition to tablets, phones and iPods.

Now, if you're like me and own both an iPhone and a Windows-based PC, you probably wondered at some point: how do I send iMessages from my Windows computer? where do I find an Apple iMessage client for Windows?

At the time of writing this article (March 15th, 2013) there is no proper iMessage client for Windows. However, there seems to be some kind of workaround application that enables people to do so. But before you read any further you should know the limitations:
1) it works together with your iOS device, which means you need to have it with you -- kind of defeating the purpose
2) it requires your iOS device to be jailbroken -- which seemingly voids your warranty
3) it is a paid application that can be found on Cydia for $2.50

The application is called Remote Messages, find more information over at the official website. It installs on your iOS device and listens for connections. You then fire up your computer's web browser and connect to your device by entering its IP address. Since it's web based, it means it's potentially compatible with all operating systems, not just Windows but also Linux, Mac OS X and whatnot. I personally like the concept, but it's a shame it requires you to jailbreak your device. For this sole reason I won't be able to review the application for you. If you find of a review of this app please let me know and I'll link to it from this post.

Note: I am in no way affiliated to the author of this application, I just found out about it. I thought I'd make a blog post about it so that if anyone comes up with an alternative solution, they'd post it in the comments. If anyone knows of another solution, let me know and I will include it in this blog post.

9 comments:

Tad Jarvis said...

Thank you for the heads up on this iMessage client. It was just was I was looking for. It works GREAT!

Matt R. said...

Thanks so much. I was looking for something to be able to text people or keep up with my text while at work without looking rude in front of the customers.

Anonymous said...

Works like a charm, thank you.

ralf derope said...

Actually,
I have been testing an app called imessage chat for over two weeks now andd i have scanned it with many virus scanners...
I have looked up if there was no keylogging with looking at the apk programmation...
There is nothing found like keylogging and phishing with me, and it works great...
If you don't beleave me, too bad for you, cause it works great...
I even got imessage on my windows pc with it...
Just use an emulator like bluestacks install aptoide on it and download the imessage chat app...

It really works fine, and I didn't found any spam even in my fake mail-address...

Anonymous said...

Remote Messages is UNREAL, and there is absolutely nothing wrong or illegal about jailbreaking, I don't see why you're so hostile towards it

iPKtunn said...

Works awesome! Just what I was looking for.

Brandon Hudson said...

Nice post with awesome points! Can’t wait for the next one.

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Anonymous said...

Jailbreaking violates Apple's End User License Agreement. Jailbreaking also voids the warranty, if you don't believe why not try it yourself. Send you jailbroken iPhone or iPad to Apple and see what they say?

Anonymous said...

Old thread, but wanted to chime in...

I've sent several jailbroken iOS devices back to Apple for repair (not related to jailbreak of course). NEVER been a problem.

Perhaps I was just lucky?

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