Over time, Apple added support for iMessage on the Mac, Apple Watch, and iPad–But what about iMessage for PC? Apple still hasn’t released an Android or PC supported iMessage app, but the Spike app will give you the benefits of iMessage without having to use any Apple device. Keep reading to see why Spike for PC can be your iMessage for PC alternative.
Before going further, let’s step back and look at why iMessage is so popular. Users love iMessage because it works like their existing messaging app, supports multiple devices, supports group chats, offers easy GIF support, and it’s faster than traditional email. It’s built into every Apple device and automatically sets itself up when you connect your cell phone or Apple ID to a device. iMessage is the default chat service on all Apple devices. The problem is if you want iMessage for PC, you’re out of luck.
What if we could build a system that works across all devices, is faster than regular email, supports group chat, AND works on Android, PC, and the web? With Spike, you are getting all of the benefits of iMessage on your PC and Android with the simplicity of use of email.
All you have to do is download the application on your PC, sign in with your existing email address, and then you’ll get all the benefits of iMessage on your PC by using the chat functionality of Spike. It works with 1:1 messages or in group chats.
If you manage a group of PCs, you can even deploy the Microsoft Store version of Spike using Microsoft Intune. All your users have to do is sign in with their regular email address to get started.
What’s the Difference Between Blue and Green Texts on iPhone?
In iMessage, if the colors are blue and gray, it means that all parties in the conversation are communicating via Apple’s iMessage network. If you see a conversation between friends with iMessage, you can rest assured that the conversation is 100% secure. No one, not even Apple nor your cell phone carrier, can see the contents of the conversation. The only time someone would see the conversation is if they were able to log in to the Apple ID tied to the iMessage account or if someone screenshots part of the conversation.
If the text color is green and gray, that conversation is happening over the traditional SMS network. These conversations should not be considered secure/encrypted and can be read by your cell phone carrier.
A text message on iPhone might be using green bubbles if:
- One person (in a group included) is using Android
- One person (in a group included) has iMessage disabled in their iOS Settings
Occasionally, an iMessage conversation might switch to SMS if someone in the group or chat has limited cell phone service or poor Wi-Fi signals.
The Beeper App
A new chat app is on the market that claims to make iMessage work on PC. It’s called Beeper App and it requires a $10/mo subscription. It also requires one of two things to make it work (that we don’t recommend from a security perspective).
You have to have a Mac running 24/7 that is running the Beeper App for Mac. Since you’re looking for iMessage for PC, you probably don’t have a Mac.
Beeper will send you a Jailbroken iPhone running their Beeper Bridge app. Since Apple won’t allow this app into the App Store, that’s the only option Beeper has to offer. This method probably won’t last for long as Apple will continue to evolve iMessage and block this method in the future. Since this method of using iMessage on PC requires a jailbroken iPhone, there is no guarantee of the security of your messages, so we highly advise against using it.
This method isn’t supported by Apple, and we generally don’t recommend it from a security perspective. You should never log in to your Apple ID on a platform that claims to support iMessage on a platform not supported by Apple. If so, your encryption can not be guaranteed.
iMessage Group Chat on PC
Without a native PC app for iMessage, there’s no supported way to use it. Spike takes what people love about iMessage and adds it right into your email app with your existing email address – Gmail, iCloud, Yahoo, Microsoft 365, or Outlook.
If you want the benefits of iMessage Group chats on PC, Spike Groups is the best alternative.
iMessage for Android
Like with iMessage for PC, Apple hasn’t released iMessage for Android. There have been rumors over the years that they had developed one internally, but chose to never release it for a variety of reasons. At Spike, we believe in open technology for communications and you should be able to chat with anyone regardless of the type of device they choose to use.
Spike Groups are the best way to experience iMessage-like simplicity on Android. To get started, download the Spike App for Android to enjoy the experience of iMessage on Android without the lock-in of a closed platform.
There are a few apps on the Android Google Play Store that claim to allow iMessage to work on Android, but they should not be considered secure.
Support for All Platforms
Chat and Get Back to Work
When you want someone’s attention to ask a quick question, do you turn to email or your messenger? Most people turn to tools like iMessage because it’s faster and likely gets a quicker response. iMessage offers quick ease of access, but it’s limited in its scope. You can mute notifications, but you’ll still have to leave the app badge on to know about personal messages as well. Are you headed on vacation and want to hide notifications from a chatty group at work? Spike has the perfect tools to let you receive notifications from personal groups, but not work-related ones.
We’ve taken the best of iMessage and built it right into email. Spike eliminates the slowness and repetitiveness of email. Forget cheesy openings and signatures; just say what you want to with Spike’s simple chat format say and get back to work. Regardless if the other person uses Spike, users on Spike get responses in a streamlined interface just like they would with a group chat iMessage.
How Spike is the way to experience an iMessage for PC experience
There are two types of people in the world: those that are frustrated by having multiple feeds to manage and those that have seen the future with Spike by having a single feed for all of your communications. Spike takes all the features people love from iMessage and brings them into your email inbox. Best of all, it’s not just limited to Apple products. It works on Android, Windows, and the web. If you want to declutter from group chats, ditch the countless other communication tools on your home screen, and have an iMessage-like experience on the PC and Android, Spike is the tool you have been dreaming about.
Are you ready to join the future? Sign up for Spike NOW!
Use iMessage on PC using Chrome Remote Desktop, and Always On Mac
To get started, you’ll need a Mac running iMessage and a PC that is always connected to the internet.
Install Chrome on both devices, and then download the Chrome Remote Desktop extension on both devices. If you are syncing Google Accounts, installing CRD on one device will install it on both.
Once you set up remote access on both computers, you’ll be well on your way to accessing iMessage on your PC.
Once the extension is installed on both your Mac and PC, you can use the PC version of Chrome to remotely access your Mac to run iMessage in a remote desktop window.
Using iPadian Emulator
iMessage is not supported by iPadian
Using Cloud Service Cydia on a Jailbroken iPhone
After the installation of Cydia, open Settings and go to General to allow a new configuration profile creation. You will have to create a username and password for Cydia.
Now, open Chrome or Edge on your PC and enter the IP address of your iPhone. Select Enter and fill up the username and password to complete the setup for Cydia. You’ll need to then enable iMessage.
Note: Jailbroken iMessage on PC is not supported by Apple