It was rumored a few years ago that Apple was going to extend iMessage to other devices such as Android and Windows PCs, so Apple customers could keep in touch with their friends no matter what OS they used. The projects seems to have lost its way because it’s been many years since, and not even another rumor about it has surfaced anywhere. Luckily, people who want to use iMessage for Windows PCs have a way. And no, it is not through some ugly emulator that will only slow your PC in a month of use. It is through a different class of software known as Virtual Machines that will not just run iMessage on PC, it will do it without making it look like your PC is from the 80s. Read more to find out.
Why to get iMessage for PC, and why not to use an emulator for it…
iMessage is quick and easy to figure out and use, and its chat bubbles and chat windows have become part of collective memory. In fact, think on texting right now and I’m sure you’re visualising blue and grey chat bubbles with the contact name displayed in the centre, right with the anticipation of a hilarious and/or embarrassing autocorrect joke unfolding right in front of your eyes.
Everyone wants iMessage, and so blogs trying to get clicks from search engines and social media actively make giant claims about their method. None of them are worth it, however, since they all talk about using emulators.
Emulators are good if you’re a developer and can figure out what will make your PC run faster when the application cramps it up in a single month. For the rest of us, the emulator does absolutely nothing but give short term gratification by letting us run a game or two and then slowing the PC to a halt to the point where trying to launch a web browser becomes painful.
How else can you Download iMessage for Windows PCs?
Virtual Machines are a better choice than emulators because they have a lesser impact on your PCs ability to function. A hosted hypervisor like VMware Workstation is a good option to approach. Using a Virtual Machine and installing Mac OS on it should make your PC capable of sending and receiving messages through iMessage. We’ve compiled the method for you in a simple sequence. Make sure you follow it step by step.
The method to install iMessage on Windows 7, 8 and 10
It is important to note here that not all versions of VMware run on all Windows versions. For example, support for Windows Vista stopped after version 10.0, so you’ll have to get a VMware version that falls between 6.0 and 10.0 to run virtual machines on your Windows Vista PC. Similarly, if you have Windows 10 1607 or later, you’re going to need to pick VMware 12.5 or above to run Virtual machines on it. Windows 7, 8 and 10 are all supported on VMware. Find the procedure to install virtual machines and run iMessage for PC on it below.
- Download VMware Workstation application on your PC. You need only google it to find a link. Make sure the version you download is compatible with the Windows version you’re using. Also, check if your AMD processor is compatible. Intel processors usually are.
- Extract the downloaded files if they have been downloaded in a compressed format. Run the installation file as Administrator (you can right click the file to find the option). Reboot the PC when prompted and you’re done installing the base software.
- You now need to install Mac OS on your Windows PC. Download Mac OS (there are several versions available across the internet; google to find one you like).
- You now need to extract the files and unlock them. Double click the unlock folders to do so.
- Right click the installation file and run it as administrator again. Command Prompt should appear for a few seconds. Do not touch your keyboard at this point, unless you know your way around in CMD.
- The virtual machine should now be set up. Open VMware Workstation and you should see the OS listed in the sidebar. All that is left is to configure it using an existing Apple ID or a new one.
- iMessage is an inbuilt feature in Mac OS, so you don’t need to do anything more. Just run your Virtual Machine whenever you need to text and use iMessage on PC by launching it from the taskbar at the bottom.
Your Windows PC will thank you for choosing a Virtual Machine over an emulator. Trust me; I’ve had two PCs totalled by 2 very commonly recommended Android emulators.
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