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iMessage on Windows, is that for real?

iMessage on Windows, is that for real?

While it's possible, the limitations on using iMessage in Microsoft Windows represent a bridge too far.


What’s happening: Last week a Microsoft blog post outlined how its Phone Link app allows iPhone users to send and receive messages via iMessage on Windows.


Why it matters: Up until now, there has not been iMessage support outside of iOS devices. In fact, Tim Cook is famous for saying, "buy your mom an iPhone" when asked about Apple's plans to support Android messaging features.


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By the numbers: To get it working, you'll need to:

  • Belong to Windows Insiders, a community of Windows users who get to preview new features.
  • Install the Windows 11 update, which includes Phone Link.
  • Connect to your iPhone to Phone Link via bluetooth.
  • Be able to make due with a limited set of functionality as you'd get on your iPhone. Which by the way, is probably right next to you, since you need a bluetooth connection in the first place.



  • You can't send pictures or participate in group chats.
  • You can't view full message history, only iMessages sent via Phone Link will be shown.
  • No blue bubbles. Or green for that matter. Microsoft ironically can't distinguish between SMS and iMessage.
  • No photos integration.
  • Access is limited only to Windows Insiders in the Dev, Beta, and Release Preview channels.


The bottom line: While it may be real, why would anyone want to use this?

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