Anyway to read / send messages from my iPhone on W10?

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  1. TSE macrumors 68030

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    The million dollar question that I have researched to hell with no result. Besides running a MacOS VM, is there anyway to get iMessage on Windows 10?
     
  2. derekamoss macrumors 6502a

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    I think Microsoft is working on a sulution with the Your Phone App but right now its only android. I seem to remember them saying iPhone support eventually
     
  3. maflynn Moderator

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    Microsoft has nothing to do with it. Messages is a proprietary apple app/service. Its up to them to open it up and that's something that Apple doesn't typically do (provide other platforms with its apps)
     
  4. c0ppo macrumors 65816

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    Even with Android Your Phone app is buggy, breaks and crashes all the time. I have it uninstalled. ItsI not even a alpha version worthy.
     
  5. derekamoss macrumors 6502a

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    From what I understood it wouldnt be actually using imessage, it would mirror your phone in the app thus be able to type messages.
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    I really havent had any problem with it on my computer. I can send texts and I get notifications, I don't have an android phone that does the mirroring so i cant say anything on that. I havent had any crashes here.
     
  6. c0ppo macrumors 65816

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    I'm using Note 9. First had issues with even connecting android app to windows app, after that it would often just hang, no notifications, unsent messages, etc. Soon after I gave up.

    Funny thing is, on Linux, this is really easy to accomplish and use. Way better then MS even imagined their app, almost like MacOS+iOS. Not quite, but close enough. Since I'm using Linux 99% of the time anyway, I don't even have to try it anymore in Windows :)
     
  7. derekamoss macrumors 6502a

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    Interesting, i guess thats why it is still a beta app lol.
     
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    Pushbullet used to do something like that until Apple broke it. Apple really doesn't like to play well with others.
     
  9. derekamoss macrumors 6502a

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    More validation that getting out of Apple's Ecosystem was a good idea lol.
     
  10. SDColorado Contributor

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    The Apple Eco works well together, but Apple goes to great lengths to maintain the wall around it. They barely made the concession of allowing iTunes for PC.
     
  11. derekamoss macrumors 6502a

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    I would normally agree with you but not for iTunes. I imagine that was probably on their top to do list at the time. iPods had just become popular and first only worked on Mac's using iTunes. Once Apple saw iPod was a hit, they made it compatible with Windows but partnerd with MusicMatch Software to sync, but it turned out to be very difficult and not user friendly. At the same time iTunes Music store had launched on Mac's only and was taking off and actually helping sell iPods so they had to have a way to get through to the Windows users. I imagine that was probably the only time they were eager to open up their ecosystem though.
     
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    That is kind of what I meant, it’s been the only time they have really been eager to open the ecosystem and only because it was of direct benefit to Apple and was necessary to stop the sales growth of competitive products that consumers where looking at largely due to no iTunes availability for PC.

    Messages, Apple just seems to close down more whenever anyone has found a way to make it even somewhat useable on PC.

    The Continue on my PC App is an awkward solution to Apples Handoff, but it is probably as good as it will get for any kind of handoff functionality between iPhone and PC.

    Apple knows what they are doing for sure. No clones, no competitors, no competing products that can break through the Apple Eco Wall. You either buy their products and enjoy the Apple Eco or you buy something else and you can’t come in :)
     

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