Think about this example. You know everyone who owns an iPhone. You give in to peer pressure and eventually purchase a MacBook in addition to a new iPhone. The issue is that you spend the entire day working on a Windows 10 or Windows 11 device, and the incoming text messages force you to unlock your iPhone every two minutes.
Your everyday workflow is interrupted by all that phone lifting. So that you can keep your eyes riveted to your computer, we will demonstrate how to text using iMessage on Windows 10.
To achieve this, you’ll need a macOS device. Using Chrome Remote Desktop is the technique. This setup uses a Windows 10 laptop as the client PC, a MacBook Air as the host PC, and an iPhone X as the source messaging device. This configuration enables you to utilize Remote Desktop to access iMessage on a Windows 10 computer.
Configuring Messages for iPhone
- Open the Settings app.
- Tap your Apple ID account.
- Tap iCloud.
- Make sure Messages are toggled on (green).
Let’s now discuss the macOS host device. We utilized a MacBook Air running the macOS 10.14.4 beta in our example.
Configuring Messages for macOS
- Launch the Messages app from the dock, Launchpad, or desktop.
- Sign in with your Apple ID and password. Enter a verification code if you have two-factor authentication activated.
- Navigate to the app’s Menu bar, click Messages, and select Preferences.
- Select the iMessage tab in the pop-up panel.
- Enable your account if needed.
- Enable Messages in iCloud if needed.
- Activate the phone number and email addresses where people can reach you.
- Select or de-select Send read receipts.
- Choose where you want new conversations to start (phone number or email address).
- Click the Sync Now button.
Setting up Chrome for macOS
- Download Google Chrome.
- Sign in to Google Chrome with your Google account.
- Head over to the Chrome Remote Desktop web app.
- Click on the blue download button under Share this screen to download the Chrome Remote Desktop extension. You’ll need to click Add to Chrome to get the extension.
Make sure the Mac doesn’t fall into sleep mode while Chrome Remote Desktop is active. Make sure the Prevent machine from sleeping automatically when the display is off option is ticked under System Preferences > Energy Saver. Additionally, the Wake for Wi-Fi Network Access switch needs to be turned on.
Next, we’ll discuss the Windows 10 or 11 client computer that you’ll use to remotely access your macOS host computer.
Setting up Chrome Remote Desktop on Windows 10
- Install Google Chrome if you haven’t already.
- Sign in with your Google account.
- Install the Chrome Remote Desktop extension.
- After installation, open the Chrome Remote Desktop web app.
- You’ll then need to generate a code on your MacBook. Click on + Generate Code under the Share this screen tab in your MacBook’s Chrome Remote Desktop web app. You’ll get a code that’s valid for five minutes.
- Back on the web app on your Windows 10 machine, look for the Connect to another computer section. Under it, enter the access code generated on your MacBook and press Connect.
- Permit remote access on your MacBook if prompted.
You ought to now have a Windows 10 window streaming the desktop of your Mac. Your desktop is presently shared with (your email address) in a little box at the bottom of your Mac’s screen, along with a Stop sharing button. Using iMessage on Windows 10, you can now run the Messages app from a distance and virtually text through your iPhone.
From a Windows 10 PC, you may remotely do practically any action on your Mac. As long as both devices have internet access and you are logged into your Google account, the Mac and Windows 10/11 PC don’t need to be connected to the same network.