How to text with iMessages on Windows 10

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How to text with iMessages on Windows 10

Consider this scenario: Everyone you know has an iPhone. You succumb to the peer pressure and not only buy a new iPhone, but eventually a MacBook. Problem is, you work on a Windows 10 device all day and the incoming text messages have you unlocking the iPhone every other minute. All that phone lifting interrupts your daily workflow. We show you how to text with iMessages on Windows 10 so your eyes stay glued to your PC.

Unfortunately, Apple doesn’t offer a cloud-based solution similar to Android where you can load up a webpage and respond to texts. In fact, iMessages is a closed system requiring an Apple device. But there is a way to respond to iMessages on a Windows 10 PC without having to lift the iPhone: Chrome Remote Desktop.

The setup we describe here uses an iPhone X as the source messaging device, a MacBook Air serving as the host PC, and a Windows 10 laptop as the client PC. The beauty here is that this method isn’t locked to just using iMessages. You can do mostly anything on your Mac using Chrome Remote Desktop, whether you’re checking email, installing apps from the App Mac Store, listening to music through iTunes, and more. Playing games, however, is not recommended.

That said, you have complete access to the Mac if Chrome Remote Desktop is running in the background. You don’t even need Google Chrome open on the Mac for this connection to work.

Let’s get started on how to text with iMessages on Windows 10!

Messages for iPhone

How to text with iMessages on Windows 10

1. Open the Settings app.
2. Tap on your Apple ID account.
3. Tap iCloud.
4. Make sure Messages is toggled on (green).

Now let’s move on to the host MacOS device. In our example, we used a MacBook Air running MacOS 10.14.4 beta.

Messages for MacOS

How to text with iMessages on Windows 10
1. Launch the Messages app from the dock, Launchpad, or desktop.
2. Sign in with your Apple ID and password. Enter a verification code if you have two-factor authentication activated.
3. Navigate to the app’s Menu bar, click Messages, and then select Preferences.
4. Select the iMessage tab in the pop-up panel.
5. Enable your account if needed.
6. Enable Messages in iCloud if needed.
7. Activate the phone number and email addresses where you can be reached.
8. Select or de-select Send read receipts.
9. Choose where you want new conversations to start (phone number or email address).
10. Click the Sync Now button.

Chrome for MacOS

With iMessages now up and running, the next step is to download Google Chrome for MacOS and the required components. We used Chrome 72 for MacOS in this guide.

1. Download Google Chrome.
2. Sign in to Google Chrome with your Google account.

How to text with iMessages on Windows 10

3. Install the Chrome Remote Desktop extension. You may see a message requesting authorization.

How to text with iMessages on Windows 10

4. Enter chrome://apps in the browser’s address bar and click on the Chrome Remote Desktop icon. You may need to scroll through several app pages to find it. Once located, you can hold the Control button while clicking on the icon to pull up a menu. Select Create Shortcut to add a shortcut on the MacOS desktop for quick access versus coming back to the apps page.

How to text with iMessages on Windows 10

5. In the pop-up window, click the Get Started button in My Computers, then Enable remote connections.

How to text with iMessages on Windows 10

6. Select Accept and Install to acquire the necessary host software.
7. In a pop-up window, select OK to download the Chrome Remote Desktop Host Installer.

How to text with iMessages on Windows 10

8. Locate the downloaded chromeremotedesktop.dmg file and open it. This file contains the Chrome Remote Desktop Host package you need to install. Double-click on this package and follow the steps.
9. After installation, re-launch the Chrome Remote Desktop extension again.
10. Click the Enable remote connections button.

How to text with iMessages on Windows 10

11. Create a PIN containing at least six digits. Re-enter your Mac’s password if prompted.

How to text with iMessages on Windows 10

12. A pop-up window will appear stating remote connections are enabled.

With Chrome Remote Desktop up and running, make sure the Mac doesn’t go into sleep mode when idle. Navigate to System Preferences > Energy Saver and confirm that the Prevent computer from sleeping automatically when the display is off option is checked. The Wake for Wi-Fi network access option should be toggled on as well.

Now we move on to the Windows 10 client PC you will use to remotely access your MacOS host PC.

Windows 10

This is a shorter version of the MacOS setup that doesn’t require the host component.

1. Install Google Chrome if you haven’t already.
2. Sign 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 several app pages to find the icon. Once located, you can right-click the icon and add a shortcut to your Windows 10 desktop so you don’t need to keep coming back to the apps page.
5. Click the Get started button found under My Computers.
6. The host MacOS machine should be visible on the list. Click on the MacBook.
7. Enter the PIN number you created on the MacBook.

BAM! You now have a window streaming your Mac’s desktop on Windows 10. You should also see a small box at the bottom of the Mac’s screen saying Your desktop is currently shared with (your email address) along with a Stop sharing button.

You can now remotely launch the Messages app and text through your iPhone via Windows 10.

Of course, if you plan on using your Windows 10 PC as a host in the future, you’ll need to click on the Enable remote connections button on the Chrome Remote Desktop screen. This will download and install the required host software provided by Google like we did with the Mac.

Again, you can do mostly anything on your Mac remotely from a Windows 10 PC. Even more, the Mac and Windows 10 PC don’t need to be on the same network as long as both have an internet connection and you’re logged into your Google account.

If you have issues, Google suggests the following:

1. Allow outbound traffic in your antivirus software.
2. Allow inbound UDP responses in youre antivirus software.
3. Open TCP ports 443 (HTTPS) and 5222 (XMPP).
4. Use the latest version of Chrome or Chrome OS.



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Long-awaited robust call blocking features may soon come to Google Phone app

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Your smartphone already lets you block annoying callers so that you never have to deal with them again, but what if it could be proactive? Android could soon allow you to block calls and texts from sources that haven't even called you yet.

The ability to block whole categories of calls tracks back to AOSP commits made during the Android P beta process a year ago this month, but nothing with a public-facing user interface had surfaced until now.

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The 10 best funny movies on Netflix

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There are lots of funny movies on Netflix, from rom-coms to dark satires, to even superhero comedies. However, it can be very hard to find the funniest movies on the premiere streaming video service using just Netflix’s search algorithm. Fortunately, we can help out by giving our picks for the current best funny movies on Netflix. As you will see, this list of awesome comedy films includes some true classics, as well as more modern releases.

Editor's Pick

A quick clarification on this list. We have concentrated on funny films on Netflix, and not all of the many comedy specials that are available on the service. We are also not diving into the many funny TV shows that are also available to binge on Netflix. We do consider original comedy films that have made their debut on Netflix, but as of right now, none of them made the top 10.

Editor’s note: This list will be updated as new funny movies leave and other comedy movies make their debut on Netflix.


Monty Python and the Holy Grail

After gathering a cult following for their work on the BBC comedy show Monty Python’s Flying Circus and a movie based on it, this group of sketch comedians blew audiences away with their first original film. 1975’s Monty Python and the Holy Grail remains one of funniest movies ever made and certainly deserves to be on our 10 best funny movies on Netflix. If you have never watched it, prepare to start quoting a ton of its lines. This may be the best movie ever made about the myth of King Arthur as well, and that’s saying something.

You can also catch up on the group’s earlier work on Netflix, which is streaming the entire run of the Monty Python’s Flying Circus TV series. Also make sure to watch another great film, Monty Python’s Life of Brian.


The Addams Family

If you like your funny movies on Netflix to be on the darker side, then The Addams Family is a perfect choice to stream and watch. The Addams Family was originally created by cartoonist Charles Addams, and later adapted into the classic 1960s TV sitcom. This 1991 film adaptation is laugh-out-loud funny as we encounter the members of this gothic and dark family. The film is lead by some terrific performances by the late Raúl Juliá as Gomez Addams, Anjelica Huston as his wife Morticia, Christina Ricci as the ultra-goth daughter Wednesday, and by Christopher Lloyd, who actually plays two roles (sort of): Uncle Fester and the person who is impersonating him in the movie (or so we think at first).

It was the first film directed by Barry Sonnenfeld, who went on to direct hits like Men in Black, Get Shorty, and this film’s sequel, Addams Family Values. It contains his trademark artistic style of over-the-top comedy that’s just perfect for this film.


Thor: Ragnarok

The Marvel Cinematic Universe films have always had a healthy dose of comedy, but none of them have the amount of humor than this 2017 release. Directed by Taika Waititi, this film does have its serious moments, but it definitely takes the crown as the funniest movie in the MCU series, and certainly one of the top funny movies on Netflix. Thor, as played by Chris Hemsworth, has to deal with his newly discovered sister Hela, who wants to destroy Asgard and everyone in it. He also has to escape from a planet where gladiatorial contests are held between aliens, and one of them happens to be the Hulk. This makes this film a bit of a buddy comedy, and Tom Hiddleston, of course, returns with all of his great one-liners as Thor’s trickster brother Loki. Then there’s Jeff Goldblum, who hams it up, in a good way, in his performance as the Grandmaster, the leader of this planet. Thor: Ragnarok is simply a good time all around, and a nice reprieve before we get serious again for Avengers: Infinity War (also on Netflix).


Hot Fuzz

If you are an action movie fan on Netflix, but also want some comedy, you have to check out this 2007 British film from director Edgar Wright. Simon Pegg co-wrote the film and stars as London Police Sergeant Nicholas Angel, who is so good at his job, his superiors want to get rid of him because he makes them look bad. As a “reward” for his hard work, Angel is shipped out of the big city and to the small country town of Sandford. Here he quickly discovers that there’s a very dark secret in this community that only he and his partner Danny, played by Nick Frost, can discover and stop. Along the way they meet some interesting characters, including former James Bond Timothy Dalton, who plays a grocery store manager who wants to do more than be “a slasher . . . of prices”.

Hot Fuzz is the rare action comedy that can hold its own with the best straight action movies, while also being a love song to the entire genre. It’s on both our 10 best action movies and our 10 best funny movies on Netflix for a reason. 


Scott Pilgrim vs. The World

Based on the Scott Pilgrim comic book series, this 2010 movie adaptation from Hot Fuzz writer-director Edgar Wright was a major box office bomb when it was released in theaters. Since then, the movie has finally found its audience that gets its mix of young adult romance with video game action. Michael Cera plays the title role of Scott Pilgrim, a bassist who falls for the pink-haired Ramona Flowers, played by Mary Elizabeth Winstead. One problem for Pilgrim: in order to keep dating Flowers, he must battle and defeat all seven of her ex-boyfriends. All of these confrontations are inspired by retro video games, and Wright’s use of gaming graphics and icons in Pilgrim’s fights with the exes is one of the coolest, and funniest, things you will likely see in movies in a long time.


Bull Durham

If you like comedies with a more mature and adult bent, then Bull Durham is for you. This 1988 film is also one of the best sports movies ever made. Kevin Costner plays “Crash” Davis, a long-time minor league catcher who is brought into the Durham Bulls baseball team to help mentor pitcher “Nuke” LaLoosh, played by Tim Robbins, so he can go to “the show”, or the major leagues. Nuke is also taught some other “things” from the Bulls’ major league fan Annie Savoy, played perfectly by Susan Sarandon. The triangle between these three characters, all set around a small baseball team, wouldn’t seem like a comedy at first, but it is indeed one of the funniest movies on Netflix.


Swingers

Here’s another adult comedy that helped to launch the careers of both Jon Favreau and Vince Vaughn. The 1996 film, which was also written by Favreau, centers on actors who socialize and party hard in both Hollywood and Las Vegas. It has a bit of a retro feel to it, as the characters look and act a bit like they are part of the 1940’s party and lounge scene, with swing music and heavy drinking. Vaughn’s character Trent helped to make the word “Money” and the phrase “Vegas, baby” popular among the cool crowd after Swingers became a cult hit.


The Interview

This is the movie that got so controversial, its studio Sony tried to pull it from theaters in 2014. The reason? The company’s computers were hacked into just before the film was to be released, and the group behind it threatened violence if Sony went ahead with its launch plans. Sony ended up releasing The Interview in a limited number of theaters, and also online for rent and purchase, in December 2014, and it was released on Netflix just a month later in January 2015.

All of that controversy centered around a very funny, if very dark, satire from directors and co-writers Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg. Two entertainment journalists get a chance to go to North Korea to interview its leader Kim Jong-un, but then they get sucked into a CIA plot to assassinate the leader. The Interview was already generating a ton of chatter due to its wild storyline, but the Sony hack and the terrorist threats couldn’t mask the fact that it was, and still is, a very funny movie.


National Lampoon’s Animal House

Ah, the joy of going to college; the learning, the sports, and of course the raging fraternity house parties. Director John Landis’s classic 1978 comedy took no prisoners. A group of students at Faber College that pledged Delta Tau Chi take it upon themselves to attack the stuffy Dean Wormer and the pretentious students at the Omega Theta Pi chapter any way they can. This still is one of the best funny movies on Netflix, and it helped to turn John Belushi from a TV sketch comedy actor into a major movie star. Just beware of the double secret probation and make sure to make your run at the Food King.


The Truman Show

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Our last movie on our best funny movies on Netflix list seems more relevant today than it did when it was released in 1998. Jim Carrey gives the best performance of his career as Truman Burbank, a man who has lived his whole life in a literal bubble. He is watched 24/7 around the world on TV because, unknown to him, he is in a fake town, and all of its “residents” are actors in The Truman Show, even his wife. The film, in its own exaggerated way, predicted the rise of reality TV and now, with tons of internet celebrities live streaming nearly their entire lives on a regular basis, this show doesn’t seem nearly as fanciful as it once did. Having said that, the movie is still very funny and also moving at the same time, particularly as Truman finally begins to figure out that something is wrong with his life.


Best funny movies on Netflix – Honorable mentions

There are tons of great comedy films currently streaming on Netflix that just missed the cut. Here’s a look at just some of these still funny movies on Netflix:

  • To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before – Netflix has been hitting it big with original movies aimed at the teen audience, and this may be the best of the bunch. A girl writes secret letters to her male crushes to keep to herself, but those letters manage to get out in the open and hilarity ensues. A sequel to this movie is in the works.
  • Role Models – Paul Rudd and Seann William Scott shine as two “bros” who find themselves having to grow up a bit and learn from their young charges when they join a Big Brother program.
  • Stripes – Here’s another great Bill Murray early comedy, as he and his Ghostbusters co-star Harold Ramis join the Army, and manage to both tear it down and also make it look cool.
  • Happy Gilmore – This may be our favorite of Adam Sandler’s comedy films, as his hockey player character makes a switch to golf. He’s almost upstaged in this movie by Christopher McDonald as he plays the super-arrogant, but still a bit lovable, golf pro antagonist Shooter McGavin.

These are our picks for the best funny movies on Netflix, as of right now. What do you think of our list, and which comedy movies do you think should be removed and which ones should be in our top 10? Let us know in the comments!



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Learn to build powerful web apps using PHP with this 12-hour training

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Upcoming Chrome OS tablets might have wireless charging

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Wireless charging is officially "a thing" again now that Apple made it cool. Even Google is back on wireless charging with the Pixel 3, although it has its own fast wireless charging standard. Wireless charging may also be coming to Chrome OS, according to a new commit in the open source code.

Spotted by Chrome Unboxed, the Chromium Gerrit now includes the following commit.

flapjack/wpc: Enable wireless charge P9221-R7 for flapjack

Flapjack is a baseboard running the new MediaTek 8183 SoC that will be in 10-inch and 8-inch Chrome tablets.

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