How to text with iMessages on Windows 10

How to text with iMessages on Windows 10

Consider this scenario: Everyone you know has an iPhone. You succumb to the peer pressure and not only buy a new iPhone, but eventually a MacBook. Problem is, you work on a Windows 10 device all day and the incoming text messages have you unlocking the iPhone every other minute. All that phone lifting interrupts your daily workflow. We show you how to text with iMessages on Windows 10 so your eyes stay glued to your PC.

Unfortunately, Apple doesn’t offer a cloud-based solution similar to Android where you can load up a webpage and respond to texts. In fact, iMessages is a closed system requiring an Apple device. But there is a way to respond to iMessages on a Windows 10 PC without having to lift the iPhone: Chrome Remote Desktop.

The setup we describe here uses an iPhone X as the source messaging device, a MacBook Air serving as the host PC, and a Windows 10 laptop as the client PC. The beauty here is that this method isn’t locked to just using iMessages. You can do mostly anything on your Mac using Chrome Remote Desktop, whether you’re checking email, installing apps from the App Mac Store, listening to music through iTunes, and more. Playing games, however, is not recommended.

That said, you have complete access to the Mac if Chrome Remote Desktop is running in the background. You don’t even need Google Chrome open on the Mac for this connection to work.

Let’s get started on how to text with iMessages on Windows 10!

Messages for iPhone

How to text with iMessages on Windows 10

1. Open the Settings app.
2. Tap on your Apple ID account.
3. Tap iCloud.
4. Make sure Messages is toggled on (green).

Now let’s move on to the host MacOS device. In our example, we used a MacBook Air running MacOS 10.14.4 beta.

Messages for MacOS

How to text with iMessages on Windows 10
1. Launch the Messages app from the dock, Launchpad, or desktop.
2. Sign in with your Apple ID and password. Enter a verification code if you have two-factor authentication activated.
3. Navigate to the app’s Menu bar, click Messages, and then select Preferences.
4. Select the iMessage tab in the pop-up panel.
5. Enable your account if needed.
6. Enable Messages in iCloud if needed.
7. Activate the phone number and email addresses where you can be reached.
8. Select or de-select Send read receipts.
9. Choose where you want new conversations to start (phone number or email address).
10. Click the Sync Now button.

Chrome for MacOS

With iMessages now up and running, the next step is to download Google Chrome for MacOS and the required components. We used Chrome 72 for MacOS in this guide.

1. Download Google Chrome.
2. Sign in to Google Chrome with your Google account.

How to text with iMessages on Windows 10

3. Install the Chrome Remote Desktop extension. You may see a message requesting authorization.

How to text with iMessages on Windows 10

4. Enter chrome://apps in the browser’s address bar and click on the Chrome Remote Desktop icon. You may need to scroll through several app pages to find it. Once located, you can hold the Control button while clicking on the icon to pull up a menu. Select Create Shortcut to add a shortcut on the MacOS desktop for quick access versus coming back to the apps page.

How to text with iMessages on Windows 10

5. In the pop-up window, click the Get Started button in My Computers, then Enable remote connections.

How to text with iMessages on Windows 10

6. Select Accept and Install to acquire the necessary host software.
7. In a pop-up window, select OK to download the Chrome Remote Desktop Host Installer.

How to text with iMessages on Windows 10

8. Locate the downloaded chromeremotedesktop.dmg file and open it. This file contains the Chrome Remote Desktop Host package you need to install. Double-click on this package and follow the steps.
9. After installation, re-launch the Chrome Remote Desktop extension again.
10. Click the Enable remote connections button.

How to text with iMessages on Windows 10

11. Create a PIN containing at least six digits. Re-enter your Mac’s password if prompted.

How to text with iMessages on Windows 10

12. A pop-up window will appear stating remote connections are enabled.

With Chrome Remote Desktop up and running, make sure the Mac doesn’t go into sleep mode when idle. Navigate to System Preferences > Energy Saver and confirm that the Prevent computer from sleeping automatically when the display is off option is checked. The Wake for Wi-Fi network access option should be toggled on as well.

Now we move on to the Windows 10 client PC you will use to remotely access your MacOS host PC.

Windows 10

This is a shorter version of the MacOS setup that doesn’t require the host component.

1. Install Google Chrome if you haven’t already.
2. Sign in with your Google account.
3. Install the Chrome Remote Desktop extension from the Chrome Web Store.
4. After installation, enter chrome://apps in the address bar and click the Chrome Remote Desktop icon. You may need to scroll through several app pages to find the icon. Once located, you can right-click the icon and add a shortcut to your Windows 10 desktop so you don’t need to keep coming back to the apps page.
5. Click the Get started button found under My Computers.
6. The host MacOS machine should be visible on the list. Click on the MacBook.
7. Enter the PIN number you created on the MacBook.

BAM! You now have a window streaming your Mac’s desktop on Windows 10. You should also see a small box at the bottom of the Mac’s screen saying Your desktop is currently shared with (your email address) along with a Stop sharing button.

You can now remotely launch the Messages app and text through your iPhone via Windows 10.

Of course, if you plan on using your Windows 10 PC as a host in the future, you’ll need to click on the Enable remote connections button on the Chrome Remote Desktop screen. This will download and install the required host software provided by Google like we did with the Mac.

Again, you can do mostly anything on your Mac remotely from a Windows 10 PC. Even more, the Mac and Windows 10 PC don’t need to be on the same network as long as both have an internet connection and you’re logged into your Google account.

If you have issues, Google suggests the following:

1. Allow outbound traffic in your antivirus software.
2. Allow inbound UDP responses in youre antivirus software.
3. Open TCP ports 443 (HTTPS) and 5222 (XMPP).
4. Use the latest version of Chrome or Chrome OS.

No Intel 5G modems until 2020, so iPhone might be a year behind Android

According to a new report from Reuters, chipmaker Intel will not release a 5G smartphone modem in a consumer-level device until 2020. This information comes directly from Intel, via a recent media event in California.

Apple uses Intel modems exclusively in the most recent crop of iPhones — the iPhone XS, XS Max, and iPhone XR. If Apple is planning to use an Intel modem in its eventual 5G iPhone, that means we won’t see that device until 2020.

This would put Apple at least a year behind Android when it comes to 5G smartphones. If the 5G iPhone launches in September next year — the usual month of new iPhone launches — it would be close to 18 months behind.

Granted, there are multiple ways Apple could avoid this. The most obvious is for the company to not use an Intel modem in a 5G iPhone. However, since Qualcomm refused to provide chips for the latest round of iPhones due to the ongoing legal battles between the two companies, that doesn’t leave Apple many viable options of where to turn.

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There is also the possibility that Apple could create its own 5G modem. However, that seems unlikely because we only just recently heard rumors about Apple taking in-house modem development more seriously.

Whatever the case, 5G Android phones are going to start coming at a relentless pace, starting in only a few days at Mobile World Congress. By the middle of this year, almost every major device manufacturer will have released or revealed its 5G smartphone.

It would be very strange if Apple didn’t release its own 5G iPhone until a year after this Android deluge.

Intel did clarify that it will have commercial-grade 5G products deployed before the end of this year, but no consumer-level products.

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US Court: Police can’t force people to unlock their phone with biometrics

More U.S. judges are siding with citizens’ privacy rights when it comes to mobile device searches.

A judge for the U.S District Court for the Northern District of California recently ruled that U.S. law enforcement cannot force people to use their face, finger, or other biometric method to unlock their device. This remains true even in instances when a warrant gives law enforcement the right to search the device. The order, first reported by Forbes, is seen as a win for citizens.

Before this order, law enforcement could wrangle people into pressing their thumb on a fingerprint reader or looking at their phone to unlock it. For example, in October 2018 the FBI forced a suspected child abuser to use his face to unlock his phone. At the same time, however, the law does not allow police to force suspects to provide a PIN, password, or passcode. This new ruling puts all unlocking methods in the same playing field, protecting people’s privacy.

At issue are rights guaranteed in the Fourth and Fifth Amendments concerning searches, privacy, and self incrimination.

“If a person cannot be compelled to provide a passcode because it is a testimonial communication, a person cannot be compelled to provide one’s finger, thumb, iris, face, or other biometric feature to unlock that same device,” said the judge.

The relevant case involves an extortion crime tied to Facebook wherein the suspects allegedly demanded payment lest they release “embarrassing” photos of the victim to social media contacts. Law enforcement was granted a warrant to search the suspects’ phones. The police attempted to have the suspects unlock their devices with fingerprint and face identification, but the suspects refused.

While this ruling doesn’t instantly mean every such case in the country should be overturned, it may be used to set precedent in future cases. Moving forward, law enforcement will need to be more careful about privacy and how suspect devices are unlocked.

Of course, police use of GrayKey’s makes this ruling somewhat irrelevant. The GrayKey is a device available to law enforcement that can beat the passcode on iPhones. Officers need only connect the iPhone to the device via Lightning cable and the box does the rest.

Apple responded by adding a function to iOS 12 that defeats this tool by locking out the Lightning port for any purpose other than charging with the phone is secured. It’s not clear if or how the GrayKey handles Android devices.

Apple will update China iPhones to prevent ban, but Qualcomm still fighting

  • Apple will send software updates to several iPhone models in China to remove features disputed by Qualcomm as illegal. This will, hopefully, avoid a Chinese iPhone sales ban.
  • However, Qualcomm is at the same time fighting for the potential sales ban to cover even more iPhone models.
  • Apple admitted that if it cannot avoid the Chinese sales ban, it will be forced to settle with Qualcomm.

Earlier this week, a Chinese court issued a set of preliminary injunctions in the patent fight between Apple and Qualcomm. The injunctions — which heavily favor Qualcomm — essentially put a Chinese sales ban into effect for the Apple iPhone 6S, iPhone 6S Plus, iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X.

Apple revealed today, via Reuters, that it will push a software update to the Chinese iPhones in question next week. This software update will change and/or remove the disputed Qualcomm technology, which Apple hopes will allow the company to avoid the sales ban.

“Early next week we will deliver a software update for iPhone users in China addressing the minor functionality of the two patents at issue in the case,” Apple said. “Based on the iPhone models we offer today in China, we believe we are in compliance.”

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Originally, Apple claimed the sales ban was irrelevant because the iPhone models in question all run iOS 12, which the company argues fixes the issues revolving around the case. However, Apple must have changed its mind, as now it is pushing an update.

Ultimately, it will be up to the Chinese courts to decide if this future software update will be enough to avoid the sales ban.

Meanwhile, Qualcomm is pushing even harder on Apple, apparently emblazoned by the preliminary injunctions win this week. According to The Financial Times (via Engadget), Qualcomm is now pushing for the sales ban to also include the Apple iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and iPhone XR.

Should the Chinese courts deem the software update to not be enough to avoid the ban, Apple concedes it would have no other option but to settle with Qualcomm. If this comes to pass, it would be an enormous win for Qualcomm in its years-long fight with Apple over alleged patent licensing infringement.

However, Apple does not mince words when describing how destructive an Apple sales ban in China would be. Apple had this to say in a December 10 filing, via The South China Morning Post:

“Apple will be forced to settle with the Respondent, causing all mobile phone manufacturers to relapse into the previous unreasonable charging mode and pay high licensing fees, resulting in unrecoverable losses in the downstream market of mobile phones. Apple, many other companies, and consumers … will suffer truly irreparable harm, [and the Chinese government] may suffer hundreds of thousands of tax losses.”

We can only assume that next week we will learn whether the Chinese courts will grant Apple some leniency in this case.

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