All devices manufactured by Apple are interconnected, allowing users of different products to communicate with each other through the proprietary iMessage service. However, Apple has not made this service available for PCs running Windows OS, forcing users to find alternative solutions in order to communicate with the iMessage application. Here, we shall take a look at one of the alternatives that provides the functionality of the iMessage for PC, as well as provide a guide on how to get, install, and use this particular service.
• The Remote Messages Service
The Remote Messages service (http://www.remotemessages.com/) is a very interesting solution that provides the functionality of the iMessage app on any computer equipped with a web-browser. In other words, users that currently own any of the Apple devices that utilize the iMessage software will be able to send and receive messages directly from their desktop or laptop, with the convenience of a larger screen and a proper keyboard. Additional functionality like profile pictures, themes, and attachments will also be available. Once the service is properly installed and configured on the PC, you will no longer need to pick up your Apple device every time you want to send a text or picture message. This can be especially beneficial if the Apple device is often used as a music player, where replying to a message often leads to a break in the audio.
• How to Get the Remote Messages Application for Your PC
The Remote Messages app can be purchased from the service’s website for a very low price of $2.50 and its long list of features includes support for SMS and iMessage, themes, SSL, attachments and many, many others. However, before the iMessages can be sent and received on your PC, several steps will need to be completed to properly install and configure the app. Before we take a look at the procedure, make sure that both the PC and the compatible Apple device are connected to the same local area network.
1. Get root access on your Apple device.
The first step is both the most important and usually the most complicated. In order to use the Remote Messages service, you will need to obtain root privileges on the Apple device, through a process commonly referred to as “iOS jailbreaking”. There are multiple ways to do so, and they will differ based on whether the device in question is an iPad, iPhone, or an iPod Touch. While “jailbreaking” your device, you should ensure that the method you use to get root access will not violate Apple product warranty.
2. Get the Remote Messages Software
Once you get root access on your device, you will be able to use Cydia to install the service and get iMessage for PC. When using Cydia, you just need to enter the product’s name into the search bar, to locate the product. Once you purchase the software and install it, your Apple device will normally ask you to “respring”, which you should agree to do so.
3. Configure the Client
Once you have the software, you will need to set a username and password that you will use to log in. In order to do so, you should first go to Settings, and then select Remote Messages. You will also find several additional options, such as setting the specific port to ensure the service does not interfere with other services currently operating on your network. Finally, make sure you turn the server on by toggling the ‘Enable’ option to ON. It is also a good idea to write down the IP address of the server, as you will need to use it in the final step.
4. Using the service on your PC
Once your Apple device is configured and the server is up and running, you will be able to use the service on your PC. As long as the computer and the device are connected to the same LAN, all you will need to do to use the app is to type the IP address of the Remote Messages server into your browser. Again, The IP address will be listed in the Settings of the client on your Apple device. Additionally, if you have decided to set a specific port for the service, you will need to add it at the end of the IP preceded by a colon. The format of the full address should resemble: http:\\127.0.0.0:8080 with the 4-number IP address and the port number replaced by the correct values specific to your device. If the address is correct, your browser will present you with a prompt to log-in, where you will enter the username and password you set up in the previous step.
• General Tips and Final Remarks
When you correctly complete the above steps, you will get the functionality of iMessage for your PC. You will be able to send and receive messages in the same manner you would, if you were using your Apple device. If you notice any connection issues between your PC and the device, you should check whether the device is entering any power saving modes that may be putting the Remote Messages server into standby mode.