Send iMessages from your Windows PC starting today (but there's a catch)

Windows 11 using iMessage
(Image credit: Microsoft)

If you're using a Mac you can send iMessages just fine, but doing it from a Windows PC is a bit of a problem. Or at least it was.

That all changed as of today with Microsoft releasing an updated Phone Link app that allows people to send iMessages using their Windows 11 PC just fine. Although it has to be said that there are some caveats to that.

Microsoft announced the new Phone Link app back in February but it was only an early preview. Now, it's ready for anyone and everyone to give it a go.

A limited implementation

Microsoft announced the new Phone Link capabilities in a blog post today, saying that it was excited to announce the app was being rolled out globally. That means that people in 85 different markets and speaking 39 different languages are now good to go. All they'll need is the updated software and an iOS device.

That isn't strictly true, actually. That iOS device will need to be running iOS 14 or later and it's important to note the iPad isn't supported at all. It's iPhone or nothing, it seems. Still, iOS 14 support means that you don't have to rush out to buy the best iPhone you can find — plenty of older iPhones are supported.

There are, however, some things to note. First, image and video sharing isn't supported so it's text-only unfortunately. Then there's the fact that group chats aren't supported at all. Unlike your Mac, iMessages will only come through to your PC when you're connected to your iPhone as well.

All of that is of course thanks to limitations employed by Apple which is a shame/ Still, at least Windows 11 owners now have at least some access to their iMessages when on their PC. It isn't ideal but, then again, neither is using Windows.

Oliver Haslam

Oliver Haslam has written about Apple and the wider technology business for more than a decade with bylines on How-To Geek, PC Mag, iDownloadBlog, and many more. He has also been published in print for Macworld, including cover stories. At iMore, Oliver is involved in daily news coverage and, not being short of opinions, has been known to 'explain' those thoughts in more detail, too.

Having grown up using PCs and spending far too much money on graphics card and flashy RAM, Oliver switched to the Mac with a G5 iMac and hasn't looked back. Since then he's seen the growth of the smartphone world, backed by iPhone, and new product categories come and go. Current expertise includes iOS, macOS, streaming services, and pretty much anything that has a battery or plugs into a wall. Oliver also covers mobile gaming for iMore, with Apple Arcade a particular focus. He's been gaming since the Atari 2600 days and still struggles to comprehend the fact he can play console quality titles on his pocket computer.