How to Download and Use iMessage on Windows PC

Can you get iMessage on PC? Well, the answer is straightforward. Yes, you can get iMessage on your Windows computer just like you do on your iOS and iDevices. If you have a Windows computer and iMessage is part of your life you can start using iMessage straight on your Windows. So, in this guide, I will teach you how to access iMessage on PC.

However, this is possible with the Microsoft phone link app that is compatible with iOS14 or later. This is only compatible with iPhones at the moment. iPad users will have to take a different step for this to work.

Requirements to Use Microsoft Phone Link App

You have to meet certain requirements to use the Microsoft phone link app to access and use iMessage on your PC. These include iPhone and Samsung users [even though this works on some selected Samsung devices].

  • A PC running Windows 10 (with the May 2019 Update or later) or Windows 11.
  • An Android device running  Android 8.0 or later. 
  • An iOS device running iOS 14 or later
  • Your phone and your PC both need to be connected to the same Wi-Fi network.

How to Send iMessage from your iPhone on a PC

You cannot just start sending iMessage from your iPhone on a PC. You need to take the following steps.

Install or Update the Microsoft Link App

If you want to access your iMessage conversations on your Windows PC or computer, you will need to download and install the latest Link to Windows app on your iOS device.

  • Download and install the Microsoft “Link to Windows” on your “iPhone.”
  • Log in to your “Microsoft” account using the same email address you are using on your Windows PC.
  • Download and install the “Link to Windows” software on your PC. However, if you have the Link to Windows software running on your Windows make sure that the app is up-to-date. You can do this with the steps below.
    •  Open the “Microsoft Store.”
    • Tap on “Library”
    • Tap “Get Updates”
    • Click on “Update All” to update all pending updates.

You must also upgrade to Windows 11 if you want to access iMessage on your PC. However, you can follow the steps below to see if your PC meet the minimum requirements.

  • Go to your PC “Settings.”
  • Select “Windows Update.”
  • Check for “Update.”

Install all pending updates and restart your PC to complete the installation.

How to Access iMessage on PC

Once you are running the latest “Link to Windows” app on your PC and iPhone the following steps will guide you through how you can access the iMessage conversations on your PC.

  • Launch the Microsoft “Link to Windows” app on your PC.
  • Go to your “iPhone” and open the “Link to Windows” app.
  • Select “iPhone” on the option to select the device on your PC.
  • Select the link to Windows “Menu” on your “iPhone.”
  • Click on “Pair a new computer” located at the top.
  • Scan the “QR Code” on your computer using your “iPhone Camera.”
  • Follow the instructions on the screen to finish the settings using “Bluetooth” on both your iPhone and PC.
  • Open the “Settings” on your “iPhone” once you have paired both devices.
  • Locate the name of your “PC” from the available devices.
  • Tap on the info “i” icon on the name of your computer.
  • Toggle on the option to “Show Notifications.”

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With the steps above you will be able to receive iMessage notifications on your PC. All alerts coming to your iMessage will also reflect on your PC. However, you won’t be able to send messages using the iMessage app on your PC. You will also not be able to send image or group notifications on your PC.

How to Use iMessage on Windows using a MacBook

You can also use Chrom Desktop

Install iMessage on a PC (Windows Computer)

There is no direct way to download and install iMessage for laptop computers. Be it Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10. To download the iMessage, you need to follow a walk around which allows you to download and install iMessage on Windows.

How to Use iMessage on Windows

This approach requires you to have both Windows and Mac computers and access to the internet to download Chrome Desktop computers.

  • Prepare your Mac and Windows computer ready for iMessage by following the steps below.
    • Open your iPhone “Settings.”
    • Tap on your “Apple ID” account.
    • Select “iCloud.”
    • Make sure that the iCloud is ready otherwise toggle on the “Message” button and confirm it to use iCloud.
    • Launch the “Message” app on your MacBook.
    • Sign in with your “Apple ID and Password.” You may be prompted to verify your 2FA if it’s enabled.
    • Select the “Message” tab on the “Menu Bar” and click on “Preference.”
    • Click on “iMessage” when it pops up
    • Enable both your account and message in iCloud if you are asked to do so.
    • Activate both the phone number and email address that you want to use with the iMessage on your Windows.
    • Start a new conversation and tap the “Sync Now” button.
    • The iMessage is working and we then need to set up the Chrome browser remote desktop.
    • Download and install “Chrome Desktop Remote” on your Mac computer or your Windows computer.

iMessage on Windows

  • Once you have successfully installed the Chrome Desktop Remote Extension on your computer click on “Launch App”.

Launch Chrome Remote Desktop

  • Next, download and install Chrome Remote Desktop Host Installer on your Mac computer.

Host Installer

  • Once you have been able to download and install it on your Mac, the Host Installer icon will be added to your desktop.

Chrome Remote Desktop icon

  • Click on the Chrome Remote Desktop Host Installer and click on Continue on the introduction.

Introduction to Chrome Remote host

  • Enter your Mac username and password and click on “Install software.”

Install software on Mac

  • Upon successful installation click on “close” to finish the Chrome Remote Desktop host installer.

Successful Installation

  • Use the code “3119 6964 3334” to connect both the Mac computer and Windows computer.

Download iMessage on PC

With this, you can now run the iMessage on your Windows computer and receive iMessage notifications on Windows like Mac. This procedure, however, works for Windows users with Windows computers. But, what happens to Windows users without a Mac computer? How do they use the iMessage on laptops using a Windows computer?

See the next guide on how to download and install iMessage on a Laptop computer running on the  Windows operating system.

Download iMessage for Laptops using iPadian 2

You don’t need a Mac computer to download iMessage for laptops; in this walkaround, and neither do you need to download the Chrome remote desktop to download iMessage.

This approach makes use of the iPadian 2 to download and install iMessage on a computer running on Windows OS.

  • Open your browser on your Windows computer and visit the iPadian 2 download site ( to download iPadian 2 for Windows.
  • Go to your Windows download folder and click on the iPadian 2.exe (installer) emulator.
  • Accept the terms and conditions and install the iPadian 2 emulator on your computer successfully.
  • Launch the iPadian emulator and search for “iMessage” using the search box in the emulator.
  • Click on the emulator to download and install the iMessage app on your laptop or Windows computer.

Now, once you’ve downloaded the iMessage for PC using the iPadian emulator you can launch the iMessage app on your Windows computer and enjoy it.

With this approach, you don’t need to have a Mac computer or an iOS device to use the iMessage app on a Windows computer. However, for iPad, iPod, and iPhone users facing “iMessage waiting for activation, check out this guide” for solutions to fix the error on your iOS device.

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