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If you’ve got a Mac, then you can easily send iMessages and SMS messages from the Messages app that’s baked into your operating system.

Windows users don’t have such a luxury. Remote Messages Client, a brand-new third-party desktop client, could change that.

A few years ago, a group of iOS developers launched a brilliant jailbreak tweak called Remote Messages, which allowed you to set up a server connection over your local area network that relayed all of your iPhone’s text conversations through a web browser on any of your machines you wanted to.

Building off of this project, another software developer has created a Windows client app that can pair with the Remote Messages jailbreak tweak without the need to clutter your web browser with more tabs.

Just like the web-based client, the desktop client requires the IP address and the server port that you get from your Remote Messages tweak’s preferences pane in the Settings app. So yes, this still requires that you are jailbroken, but once you’re logged in, all of your iPhone’s messages appear in the desktop client.

Remote Messages Windows Desktop Client

Just as you would expect, the chat bubbles appear blue when they’re iMessages and green when they’re SMS messages. Small red notification badges let you know when you have a message that’s unread. You also have various buttons at the bottom for sending attachments or changing settings.

You can send attachments from your Windows PC or your iOS device’s Camera Roll. The button shaped like a camera sources media from your Camera Roll, while the button shaped like a paperclip sources media from Windows Explorer:

Remote Messages Camera Roll

When you want to configure the app, you can click on the settings button that’s shaped like a gear cog, and you can configure various settings like:

  • Using the Enter key to send messages
  • Replacing text with Emoji
  • Showing the SMS character count
  • Storing unfinished message drafts
  • Showing all timestamps
  • Starting the app on the most recently-used conversation
  • Closing the conversation after being idle for 5 minutes

Remote Messages Settings Windows Client

Getting started

All these great features are very easy to use, but you have to log in to your Messages server before you can use them.

If you’ve ever used the web-based client before, this should feel very familiar because the app essentially looks the same as the web page you would load in your web browser.

After you download Remote Messages Client from the developer’s page for $0.99, install it, and then launch it, you are asked to log in with your IP address and server port. After you enter those, you may be asked to log in with your username and password.

Remote Messages Client Login

If you aren’t sure where to get this information, go to your jailbroken iPhone with Remote Messages installed and go to Settings > Remote Messages. Here, you’ll find that information:

Remote Messages Preferences Pane

The IP address and server port information is highlighted in orange above, but the username and password (right below it) are only necessary if you have the Use Authentication option enabled. If you disable this option, you can bypass needing to enter a username and password at all.

Once you’re in, you can immediately begin enjoying an iMessage and SMS message experience right from your Windows desktop, and you didn’t even need to use a Mac or a web browser to do it!


Windows users who don’t already have the Remote Messages tweak for their jailbroken iPhone or iPad are missing out; I would recommend it because it brings the operating system a simple pleasure that Apple has only given to Mac users at this point in time.

Remote Messages is available in Cydia for iOS 7, iOS 8, and iOS 9 for just $2.99 from the BigBoss repository, but the Windows client app is a separate $0.99 purchase from a developer who isn’t affiliated with the Remote Messages developer, so keep this in mind.

Do you like the idea of a dedicated client over the use of a web browser? Let me know what you think in the comments.

  • Agneev Mukherjee

    Oh Man! I’m sick of Windows…

    • Favna

      And I’m sick of OS Elitists

      • Rowan09

        Maybe he uses Windows which is why he’s sick of it. I use Windows sometimes and Windows 10 sucks. I had three computers crash on Windows 10 and one still doesn’t work properly.

      • Favna

        Clearly you didn’t get the message. I hate OS elitists no matter what they mainly use. I don’t give a rats ass about what OS people use, it’s just sickening to constantly see people brainlessly bash on an OS. Sure your Windows 10 didn’t work the way you wanted, but it CLEARLY DOES FOR OTHER PEOPLE SO IT’S CLEARLY NOT THE OS TO BLAME BUT SOMETHING ELSE (perhaps your hardware!). How thick can the skull be to not get that.

      • Rowan09

        What makes one a OS elitists is it simple stating your unsatisfactory experience? On 5 different computer all of within 2 years old and 1 less than a year old and it’s maybe my hardware? Some people have no problem with using a flip phone doesn’t mean it’s not outdated, are those people now smartphone elitists? If Agnevv said he’s “sick of Windows” it can mean two things, he has or had a horrible experience, or he never used it and just sticks to one OS. Your assumption that he’s making the statement because he only uses MAC OS or whatever is no more thick skulled than you assume mine is.

      • Joshua The-Legend Wiebe

        I, in fact do blame the OS, if it was as intuitive, versatile and easy as they say it is, it would’ve gotten a much higher rating than 3 stars. I’ve got several fairly new machines running Win 10 and honestly, I’ve had to downgrade to Win 7 because it wasn’t the computer rejecting the OS, it was the OS rejecting the computer. Win 10 wasn’t thought out all that well and still needs a LOT of work.

      • mersc

        Used windows 10 for 3 days, went back to 7 and never looked back. 7 is the perfect computing OS.

      • Rowan09

        It sucks.

  • MOMAtteo79

    And no privacy concerns?

    • Favna

      Have a tin foil hat

      • Bill

        Where do I pick up tin foil? All I can find is aluminum.

        (Also note- an aluminum/tin foil hat would act as an antenna, thus increasing the reception of voices being beamed to your head) lol

      • Favna

        ;-; yeah I know lol. I just prefer typing tin foil because it’s quicker to type. Ironic, because in my native language (Dutch) we never had any word other than aluminium.

  • White Michael Jackson

    Reminds me of remote messages.

  • Favna

    This is actually really cool :O

  • phattrance

    Does this tweak require WIFI or can i use it with my 3G network?

    • It is a Wi-Fi-based combo.

      • Andrew Little

        when using the remote messages tweak, I had to install that tunnel thing in order to get it to work….does this eliminate the need to do that?

      • mersc


  • Fujin

    What a great article! Thanks guys

  • Joshua The-Legend Wiebe

    There’s a reason why this isn’t possible on Windows..

    • Diego Milano

      If this is possible via a jailbreak tweak and a separate tool or browser based solution, then it IS possible, as the article expounded. It’s just Apple is not giving away what is exclusively available on their Mac products, it’s just the way they do business, take it or leave it. 😉

      • Joshua The-Legend Wiebe

        Wow, you’re completely wrong. I was talking about natively. There are so many concerns about corruptions, intrusions, exploits etc in the Windows OS that OS X faces very little of. Apple is not giving iMessage capabilities due to these concerns, they’re looking out for their customers.

      • Rowan09

        Unless they can monetize iMessage on another OS it wouldn’t make any sense. The reason why iTunes is available for other OSes is because it’s a sales model, maps will be native online, along with Apple Pay because they can also monetize them and it will lead people to join the Apple OS ecosystem.

      • Joshua The-Legend Wiebe

        Yes, of course, however iMessage is a huge part of privacy, with this tweak, that privacy is compromised by the hazards of Windows.

      • Diego Milano

        It’s not that I’m wrong about my statement as much as you’re right about yours, but you didn’t express yourself accurately in your original message. Like I said, TECHNICALLY it IS possible, whether Apple allows it or not, that is out of the question.
        It’s not about being right or wrong, it’s about whether it’s possible or not possible, dude.

      • mersc

        No bro, no. Apple has an ICLOUD app for WINDOWS ffs.

  • Ron

    Remote Messages is the main reason that I Jailbreak. It’s fantastic!

  • Joshua The-Legend Wiebe

    I’m not being condescending at all, just stating facts. I see your link and yes it seems Mac OS X ranks number 1 for vulnerabilities, but check out the graph below the rank, Microsoft is WAY higher than any other vendor in history.