Consider this scenario: Everyone you know has an iPhone. They succumb to peer pressure and buy not only a new iPhone, but possibly also a MacBook. The problem is that you work all day on a Windows 10 device, and the incoming text messages unlock the iPhone every two minutes. All the lifting of the phone interrupts your daily work routine. We'll show you how to use iMessages to send 10 SMS messages on Windows so your eyes are not on your PC.
Unfortunately, Apple does not offer a cloud-based solution, much like Android, where you can load a web page and respond to texts. In fact, iMessages is a closed system that requires an Apple device. But is a way to respond to iMessages on a Windows 10 PC without removing the iPhone: Chrome Remote Desktop.
The setup described here uses an iPhone X as a source messaging device, a MacBook Air as a host PC, and a Windows 10 laptop as a client PC. The nice thing is that this method is not just for the use of iMessages. With Chrome Remote Desktop, you can do just about anything on your Mac, whether you're checking emails, installing apps from the Mac Store app, listening to music on iTunes, and much more. However, playing games is not recommended.
That is, you have full access to the Mac when Chrome Remote Desktop is running in the background. You do not even need Google Chrome on Mac for this connection to work.
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News for the iPhone
1. Open the app Settings
2. Touch your Apple ID account .
3. Tap iCloud .
4. Make sure that Messages is switched to (green).
Let's move on to the host MacOS device. In our example, we used a MacBook Air with the beta version MacOS 10.14.4.
1. Launch the News app from the Dock, the Launchpad, or the Desktop.
2. Log in with your Apple ID and password . Enter a verification code if you have enabled two-factor authentication.
3. Navigate to the menu bar of the app click Messages and then select Preferences .
4. Select the iMessage tab in the pop-up window.
5. Activate your account if necessary.
6. Enable messages in iCloud if necessary.
7. Activate the telephone number and e-mail addresses under which you can be reached.
8. Select or Deselect Submit Read evidence .
9. Select where to start new conversations (phone number or e-mail address).
10. Click the Sync Now button.
Chrome for MacOS
If iMessages is active, you'll need to download Google Chrome for MacOS and the required components next. In this guide, we used Chrome 72 for MacOS.
. 1 Download Google Chrome.
2. Sign in to Google Chrome with your Google Account.
3. Install the Chrome Remote Desktop Extension. You may see a message requesting authorization.
4. Type chrome: // apps in the address bar of the browser and click the Chrome Remote Desktop icon. You may need to leaf through several app pages to find them. Once you have found the position, you can hold down the control key while clicking the icon to bring up a menu. Select Create Shortcut to add a Quick Access shortcut on the Mac OS desktop instead of returning to the Apps page.
5. In the pop-up window, click the Getting Started button in My Computer and then Enable Remote Connections .
6. Select Accept and Install to purchase the required host software.
7. In a pop-up window select OK to download the Chrome Remote Desktop Host Installer.
8. Locate the downloaded file chromeremotedesktop.dmg and open it. This file contains the Chrome Remote Desktop Host package that you need to install. Double-click this package and follow the steps.
9. After installation, re-launch the Chrome Remote Desktop extension.
10. Click the Enable button for remote connections.
11. Create a PIN with at least six digits. Enter the password of your Mac again when prompted.
12. A pop-up window will show that remote connections are enabled.
If Chrome Remote Desktop is running, make sure the Mac does not go to sleep when it's idle. Navigate to System Preferences> Energy Saver and make sure that Automatically Shut Down the Computer is Disabled . The option Wake for Wi-Fi network access should also be enabled.
Now let's turn to the Windows 10 client PC that you will use to remotely access your MacOS host PC.
This is a shorter version of the MacOS setup that does not require a host component.
. 1 Install Google Chrome if you have not already done so.
2. Log 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 multiple app pages to find the icon. Once you find the icon, you can right-click the icon and add a shortcut to your Windows 10 desktop so you do not have to go back to the Apps page.
5. Click the Getting Started button at My Computer .
6. The host MacOS machine should be visible in the list. Click on the MacBook .
7. Enter the PIN number that you created on the MacBook.
BAM! You now have a window to stream your Mac's desktop on Windows 10. At the bottom of the screen of the Mac screen is a small box labeled . Your desktop is currently sharing (your e-mail address) and a ] stopping the share button .
You can now remotely start the News app and text from your iPhone through Windows 10.
If you want to host your Windows 10 PC in the future, click Enable Remote Connections on the Chrome Remote Desktop screen. This will download and install the host software provided by Google just like a Mac.
Even on your Mac, you can usually do everything from a Windows 10 PC. In addition, the Mac and the Windows 10 PC do not need to be on the same network as long as they both have an Internet connection and you're signed in to your Google Account.
If you have problems, Google suggests:
1. Allow outgoing traffic in your antivirus software.
2. Allow inbound UDP responses in the antivirus software.
3. Open TCP ports 443 (HTTPS) and 5222 (XMPP).
4. Use the latest version of Chrome or Chrome OS.