Coming from Android. Need some help with SMS/MSS

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Hello all,
Been a long time android user (since 2007 or before) but have switch over!
Somethings I like, somethings I don't.

My biggest hurdle is I can't have my phone at work but need to be able to receive/reply/send text messages.

On Android I was using and app called PhoneLeash (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.gearandroid.phoneleashfree&hl=en) for a while and then switch over to Motorola Connect (which used a Chrome Extension).

With PhoneLeash, the app would send an incoming text to my email, and then I was able to reply to it by replying to the email.

I think this is what I need.

Anyone know of an app that does this? I know Messages does, but you have to have a Mac which I don't at work.

Thanks!
 

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What do you have at work that you can receive messages on? And assuming it's a Windows PC, which version of Windows is on it? And lastly, which iPhone do you own?
 
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Thanks for the help.

Windows 7
iPhone 5 with 8.1.2 (jailbroken)
 

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I believe you can do what you want by using iCloud. It's an easy setup for your Mac at home and the iPhone, however, it may get a bit complicated trying to set it up on the PC at work. First, take a look at this set of instructions for the Mac and iPhone.

Now, let's see how we can get iCloud setup on your Windows 7 PC at work..... OK, take a look at this Apple KB article on how to setup iCloud on your Windows 7 PC.

With iCloud setup correctly on your iPhone, Mac, and PC, you should be able to sign in to your iCloud account from work on the PC and get all your messages. At least in theory it should work. ;)
 
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I think the really problem is I need Apple Messenger on a PC. Can you get that on a PC?
 

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I think you mean the Apple Messages app since there is no Apple Messenger. The Apple Messages app is not available for the PC. Did you try what I suggested above or is that too complex to setup?
 
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Link 1 Specifies:
Enable SMS / MMS Sending / Receiving On Mac
Step 1: Launch the Messages app and head over to Messages > Preferences.

I don't think there is a Messages app for the PC.

From what I read it takes iMessage(Mac), Messages App(iPhone), and iCloud (both). The only part I don't have is iMessage for PC.

Thoughts? :)
 

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You don't need a messages app for your PC. If you followed the directions in the links, you should be able to sign into iCloud from your PC and get your messages that way. As I said above, at least in theory it should work. I don't know of any other way to do it as you would like.
 
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You don't need a messages app for your PC. If you followed the directions in the links, you should be able to sign into iCloud from your PC and get your messages that way. As I said above, at least in theory it should work. I don't know of any other way to do it as you would like.

I think the issue is that there is nowhere to view or reply to messages within the iCloud interface (either online or on PC)
 

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I think the issue is that there is nowhere to view or reply to messages within the iCloud interface (either online or on PC)

Thanks. I don't think then that the OP is going to be able to get his messages the way he wants.
 

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