Apple is not known for playing nice with others. While the ecosystem of products works seamlessly, integrations with devices out there aren’t the best. This can be inconvenient if the iPhone is your daily driver but you don’t want to switch from a Windows PC to a Mac.
By default, you cannot receive iPhone messages on a Windows PC. The good news is that there are a number of effective ways to get around this.
1. WhatsApp Web/Windows App
This method is as close as possible to iPhone-Mac messaging integration. That is, as long as you settle for WhatsApp messages without SMS.
Here’s what to do.
- Go to whatsapp‘s website on your PC and click WhatsApp web in the main menu. The web app starts immediately and shows you a QR code.
- Open WhatsApp on your iPhone and tap the gear icon in the lower right corner.
- Go to Paired devices > Pair a device. When asked to use Face ID/Touch IDtap Okay.
- Point the camera at the QR code on your PC.
Your iPhone and PC sync all WhatsApp messages so you can see them right away.
You can also download the WhatsApp app for Windows from the website. Go to To download, and you’ll see the download button on the right. After installation, you can link accounts with the app in the same way as explained above.
2. Email messages
Your iPhone allows you to make email conversations through the Messages app. However, you can only export them one at a time. While it may not be the most convenient method, it can still come in handy if you have specific conversations or messages you’d like to see on your PC.
You can email messages to yourself by following these steps.
- Open Messages.
- Choose the conversation you want to send.
- Press and hold one of the messages in the conversation.
- Tap Moreand tap the forward arrow in the lower right corner.
- Enter your email address and tap the send button.
Keep in mind that you can only see the messages that you have selected. You will not receive any new messages from the conversation emailed to you.
3. Chrome Remote Desktop
If you already have a Mac, but also want to access your messages on a PC, there is a way to connect them. All it takes is a simple Google Chrome Remote Desktop extension. Here’s how to install it.
- Open Google Chrome on your Windows device.
- Go to the Chrome Web Store and search for Chrome Remote Desktop.
- When you have found it, click Add to Chrome > Add an extension.
- Repeat the above process on your Mac.
- On your Mac, click the External desktop icon in the top right corner.
- below Set up remote accessclick the blue download icon.
- Return to the main Remote Desktop menu and click To turn on. You get a code that you enter on your PC.
- Open Remote Desktop on your PC and click Remote help. Enter the access code and click Connect.
Your PC and Mac are now connected via Remote Desktop. When you get a message on your iPhone, it will automatically appear on your Mac as usual, but now you’ll see it on your PC too.
4. Third Party Apps
There are many third-party apps that allow you to connect your iPhone and PC. Cydia is one of the most popular options, although you have to pay to get messages on your PC. If you think it’s worth the investment, here’s how to use this feature. (Note that you should use this method as a last resort. It will jailbreak your iPhone, void its warranty, and expose it to potential bugs or other issues.)
- Go to the CydiaFree website using the Safari browser on your iPhone.
- Tap Download Cydia. The website will automatically check if your iPhone is compatible with the app.
- Tap Install Cydiaand install the app.
- Open Cydia, then go to Settings > General.
- Create a new profile and log in.
- Open any browser on your PC and log in to the Cydia website.
- Enter your IP address and click Switch.
Connect your devices
Hopefully, this article helped you connect your iPhone and PC so you can receive messages without having to carry your phone with you all the time. While these methods may require some effort, they will streamline your communication.
Have you found other methods to get iPhone messages on your PC? Feel free to share them in the comments section below.