You can send messages from your computer if you have an iPhone using Intel Unison or third-party apps like WhatsApp or Telegram and Facebook Messenger.
- Use a third-party messaging service like WhatsApp
- Be aware of those sketch options
If you have an iPhone as well as a Windows desktop computer or one of the best Windows laptops, you know that texting on your computer can be difficult. Thanks to the way Apple locks users into its ecosystem of devices, Windows and iPhones don’t always fit well together. Apple would rather you use a Mac to access iMessage on your desktop to communicate with your friends, family, and colleagues.
Indeed, this means that there is no iMessage app or iMessage website on Windows where you can see or reply to your messages online. But the good news is that with the advent of the Intel Unison app and third-party messaging services, it will be easy to send text messages on your computer in 2023. We’ll talk about how you can use them.
Download Intel Unison
The easiest way to send a text from your computer if you have an iPhone is to download and use Intel Unison. The app, which is downloaded through the Microsoft Store, allows you to send iMessages from your computer. However, there are a few caveats here.
Officially, Intel’s Unison app only works on Windows 11 laptops with 13th or 12th generation Intel processors with Evo certification. You can use it on other Windows 11 laptops with older Intel processors, but there’s a chance it might not work properly. Also, you won’t see your entire iMessage conversation history (and older conversations) when using Intel Unison.
In Windows 11, you’ll only see conversations you’ve started in the Intel Unison app itself. There’s also the fact that you’ll have to keep your iPhone paired to your computer via Bluetooth for everything to work properly. Here’s how to get started with it if you accept those caveats.
- Download the Intel Unison app from the Microsoft Store (or open it if it’s pre-installed on your computer).
- Run the program on your computer.
- Follow the on-screen steps to install the companion app on your iPhone or Android.
- Accept your phone’s permissions.
- Confirm that the PIN matches.
- Pair your iPhone or Android with your computer using the QR code on the screen as well as via Bluetooth.
- Start using the app.
Download Intel Unison at the Microsoft Store
Use a third-party messaging service like WhatsApp
Not everyone will be able to use Intel Unison on Windows, so a third-party app like WhatsApp is a secondary option. Technically this is not considered sending messages on your computer because you use an instant messaging service associated with your phone number or email address; If you download the app to your Windows PC, you can continue the same conversations you had on your iPhone right in these apps on Windows.
There are many third-party messaging services that work on both iPhone and Windows. WhatsApp, Telegram, and Facebook Messenger are just a few examples. These apps can be downloaded through the Microsoft Store from the links below and set up using a phone number or email address. Once the apps are up and running, you can sign in to your account or simply scan the QR code using your iPhone. You’ll see all the messages you have in the iPhone version of the app right on your Windows PC.
Be aware of those sketch options
We’ve come up with two of the most secure ways to send a message from your computer if you have an iPhone. We don’t think you should use any other method, especially if you come across other third-party websites or apps that claim to let you access iMessage on Windows. As we mentioned, there is no official iMessage app for Windows, and any website or app that claims to bring iMessages to your computer is more than likely a scam. As much as you’d like to try these apps or websites, you’ll be putting the security of both your Apple ID and your Windows computer at risk. Connect to Intel Unison or apps like WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger or Telegram.