iMessage communication fundamentally changed the community when Apple added it in iOS 5. The unique thing that Apple did that made all the difference in adoption was built into the SMS/Messages app. That meant that adoption was almost automatic, and the vast majority of people still don’t know the difference between iMessage and Text Messages. Over time, Apple added support for iMessage on the Mac, Apple Watch, and iPad. What about iMessage for PC? Apple hasn’t released a native app for PC or Android, but the Spike app will give you the benefits of iMessage without having to use an Apple device. Keep reading to see why Spike for PC can be your iMessage for PC replacement.
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.
What if we could build a system that works across all devices, is faster than traditional email, supports group chat, AND works on Android and PC as well? With Spike, you are getting all of the benefits of iMessage on your PC and Android with the ease of use of email.
With Spike, 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 Groups functionality of Spike.
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.
iMessage for PC: Group Chats
Group chats on iMessage have become very popular as Apple has added support for GIFs, stickers, etc. Apple hasn’t done a great job of building tools to help mute iMessage notifications, hiding conversations, etc. Email already supports all of these features, but they aren’t done in an easy-to-understand way most users. Spike takes what people love about iMessage and adds it right into your email app with your existing Gmail, iCloud, Yahoo, Microsoft 365, or Outlook email account.
iMessage for Android
Like the 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.
Support for All Platforms
Because Spike works on top of your existing email service, you aren’t limited to just iPhone, Mac, or iPad. You can now have the ease of use of iMessage, but with the reliability of email and cross-platform access on Android, PC, and on the web. Spike is available everywhere!
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 the 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.
Why Spike is the Best iMessage for PC Alternative
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.
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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.
iMessage for PC FAQ
Apple hasn’t released an officially supported Windows 10 Apple Messages / iMessage app, and while there are some “hacks”, it’s better to find an officially supported solution that gives you the same benefits.
iMessage is a popular service because it’s secure, built into all Apple devices, and easy to use. Spike uses open-technology built on email, works on Apple, PC, and Android, and it’s even easier to use.
No, Apple hasn’t built that functionality, but Spike has a built-in Send Later feature so your messages get delivered at your predetermined time.