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The Apple iMessage service allows iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, and Mac users to communicate with other individuals who also have an Apple device. Currently, there is no iMessage application or interface for the Windows operating system, but PC users can connect to iMessage by setting up the Chrome remote desktop service on a Mac computer. Here’s how to access iMessage on PC in just a couple of steps.
How to Access iMessage on PC
Refer to the steps below to start using iMessage on a PC. Note that two computers are required for this process to work: an Apple computer running Mac OS X and a PC running Microsoft Windows. Both computers must also have the Google Chrome web browser installed.
Step 1: Launch the Chrome application on your Mac computer.
Step 2: Download the Chrome Remote Desktop application from the Chrome Webstore.
Step 3: Enter “chrome://apps” in the Chrome address bar, and hit the “Enter” key on your keyboard.
Step 4: Click the “Chrome Remote Desktop” icon, and again the “Get Started” link.
Step 5: Choose the “Enable remote connections” option, and then set a PIN.
Step 6: Click “Yes” to complete the setup of the Chrome Remote Desktop on your Mac computer.
Step 7: Repeat Steps 1 to 4 above on your PC.
Step 8: Click the “Access” button in the Chrome Remote Desktop menu.
Step 9: Enter the PIN you set in Step 5.
Step 10: Click the “Connect” button to launch a remote session to your Mac computer. The Chrome application will now open a new window, and display the desktop of your Mac.
Step 11: Open the Mac’s “Messages” application through the remote session to begin sending and receiving iMessages from your PC.
Note that the Chrome Remote Desktop service may have difficulties establishing a remote connection to your Mac if one of your computers is using a VPN service or firewall. For help setting up or troubleshooting the Chrome Remote Desktop application, refer to the Google Support site. Be sure to share any suggestions you have for making iMessage easier to use on a PC.
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