How to get iMessage on Windows 10

Teodor Nechita
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Zen client

Apple fans out there know by heart what iMessage is. For those that have been die-hard Windows users from the dawn of time, suffice it to know that it is an instant messaging service developed by Apple Inc.

The service has been available for years now, and it is supported by the Messages application in iOS 5 and later and OS X Mountain Lion and later.

Many users love the design of the product and the way it handles messaging, so it goes without saying that many have attempted to bring it to Windows 10 as well.

These attempts come in the form of browser extensions that access web services or using emulators. However, these came with their own share of limitations.

Zen, the iMessage client for Windows 10

Zen is the first cross-platform, amnesic-secure iMessage client and server for Windows 10 will soon be available for Windows 10 users.

The developers described the program as:

[…] the server, Zen Bridge, runs perfectly on old, outdated Apple laptops and Mac Minis collecting dust. For a more ‘cloud’ approach, we’ve also had success with visualized Macs running on genuine Apple servers (which would not break Apple’s TOS, your iCloud will happily sign into it). Some VPS providers offer this for as low as $12 a month

As you can see for yourself, the selling point of this new client and the server support that comes with it is the extremely low cost. This comes from both low-maintenance costs and the fact that you can even run it on otherwise dated hardware.

Developers were kind enough to share some screenshots of the app, and it looks extremely lean and minimalist, in keeping with iMessage’s traditional design.

zen imessage

Additionally, everyone is free to visit their website and test out the product, as well as see it developed.

Some users expect a backlash from Apple

Unfortunately, not everyone is as enthusiastic, as some Reddit users believe that Apple will soon shut down the product:

Sadly, probably going to be shut down by Apple, just like every product of similar nature.

This is mostly because Apple has a history of shutting down any project that seems derivative of Apple’s own work. Whichever the case, the idea is bold.

More so, the fact that it is available to users of all major OSes gives it great potential and availability.

If you want to know more about Zen and would like us to cover its development, leave us a message in the comments section below.

FAQ: Learn more about pairing iMessage with Windows 10

  • Can you use iMessage on Windows 10?

iMessage is a popular messaging service provided by Apple. Officially reserved for iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, and Mac users, there is no official iMessage app for Windows. Nevertheless, there are ways to integrate this service into your PC experience. Check out more details below.

  • How do I use iMessage on Windows?

There are tools and emulators both available now and under development that can bring this service to Windows PCs such as Zen, the iMessage client for Windows 10, the iExplorer (to load, read, and export messages on your iPhone/saved in an iTunes Backup), or the free iPadian emulator that you can install and run on your PC.

  • How do I link my iPhone messages to Windows 10?

Open the Settings app -> Phone -> Add a phone. On the new windows, fill in the requested details and download the Microsoft Launcher app. Sing-in and use the Continue on PC feature in the Cortana and Edge browser.

Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in february 2020 and has been since revamped and updated in May 2020 for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.

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