Category: Windows

How to Read a Mac Formatted APFS Drive on Windows

Do you constantly switch between a Mac and Windows and find it harder to use the same external drive on two devices? Rest assured you are not alone in this mess. Both Windows and Mac – two most popular computer operating systems – use different file format. While Windows uses NTFS and FAT32 file format, Mac uses APFS (Apple File System). Most of the external drives now come pre-formatted as FAT32 for better compatibility. Mac can read and write to FAT32 drives – the most common file format for many external drives – but it can not read and write NTFS. Similarly, if you format your external drive to APFS, then you can not use that drive on Windows without formatting back to NTFS or FAT32.

Formatting a drive also means that you will be losing all your data which is a no-no for all of us. So, if you have a drive formatted in APFS and want to use on Windows without formatting, then you have come to the right place. In this article, I’ll show you how to read and write Mac-formatted APFS drives on Windows computers.

Read APFS on Windows

How to Read Mac Formatted APFS Drive on Windows

You can not read or write an APFS drive on Windows without taking any help from third-party software programmes.

Paragon APFS for Windows

Paragon APFS for Windows

Paragon is one of the most popular drive management software company that generally deals with drive compatibility with most OSs. It has many products under its belt, and APFS for Windows is one of them. By using this tool, you can seamlessly read and write any APFS formatted drive on your Windows PC without any hassle.

The tool is only designed to handle one task only, and it does that efficiently. The tool is very simple to use with some advanced features like auto-mount at startup which let you mount and connected APFS drive without needing to do it manually.

The tool is not free though, if you want to use Paragon APFS for Windows, then you have to pay a one-time subscription fee of $50.

MacDrive

MacDrive APFS for Windows

MacDrive is another popular tool for reading and writing APFS drive on Windows. Just like Paragon APFs for Windows, you can seamlessly write and read APFS formatted drives without even opening the tool. It has all the features as the PAragon does with one extra feature and that is the support for HFS+ drives. Mac for a long time had used HFS+ as its file system, and many old Macs still uses this format. If you have both APFS drive and HFS+ drives, then you should consider this tool above the Paragon APFS tool. MacDrive also cost the same $49.

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Which one to Choose?

So these were the two best tools for Windows user to access Apple formatted drives on Windows. In my opinion, MacDrive provides more value for money but don’t believe me yet. Both tools come with a free trial period. You should take the trail and see for yourself.

I hope you liked this article. I was on a long holiday and now got time to write this article. I will also be more active from now. Keep following the The Converging Network and I will be back with another article.

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How to Use iMessage on Windows PC and Laptop

iMessage is unarguably one of the best features on iOS and Mac devices. Apple strategy to create a whole new, different user experience with apple only software seem to work just fine because people who have once used iMessage don’t want to move to another platform. I myself use iMessage on my Mac, and I have many friends who have iMessages on their iPhone and Mac. iMessage makes it easier for me get connected with those friends easily. That is one of the main reasons why I am still stuck with Apple products even after all these years.

I also have few friends and relatives who are not on any Apple platform but still want to use the iMessage from their smartphone or Windows PC. I get asked this question quite often by those friends as if there were any ways they could install iMessage on their Windows PC. At first, I thought it was an absurd demand, but when I did some research, I found some interesting sources that may be able to help them. So, if you are also one who always wanted to use iMessage on their Windows PC, then this article is for you. By following this article, you will be able to use iMessage on any Windows PC for free.

Install iMessage on Windoows PC and Laptop

How to Use iMessage on Windows PC and Laptop

I will be sharing two methods to use iMessage on any Windows PC and laptop. The first one is for those who have a Mac device already and just wants to use iMessage on a Windows device temporarily and the 2nd method is for those who don’t have any Mac or iOS devices.

1. Use iMessage on Windows PC from Mac

Make sure you have latest Google Chrome browser installed on both Windows and Mac device. After that go ahead and launch Chrome browser on both the devices. Now install Chrome Remote Desktop extension on both Windows and Mac.

  • Launch the app on both the computers and click on “Get Started” button.
  • On Mac, click on “Enable Remote Connection” and download the remote client host for Chrome by following on-screen instructions.
  • Once the host file is downloaded, install the application on your Mac by following the on-screen instructions.

Now on Windows, you can access the Mac remotely. By this method, you will be able to access iMessage on your Windows for free.

2. Install iMessage on Windows PC by Using iOS Emulator

The first method is best for those who have Mac but what if you don’t have a mac, to begin with? In that situation, you can use an iOS emulator. An iOS emulator is a program that creates a virtual ecosystem for iOS on Windows or Linux. That virtual ecosystem acts a separate virtual iOS device on your computer screen. By using this method, you can not only install iMessage but also any other iOS app you can think of.

There are many iOS emulators available on the internet. Some of the popular emulators are as follow:

  • iPadian
  • SmartFace
  • iPhone Simulator

For this article, we will be using iPadian as it is the most popular iOS emulator.

  • Download the iPadian emulator and then install it on your PC.
  • After installing, run the application.
  • Now search for “iMessage” in the search box.
  • Download the app and let it install in the background.
  • Now you have iMessage running on your Windows PC.

These are the two most popular methods to install and use iMessage on any Windows-based devices. These methods are also very easy to use. If you still encounter any problem, comment it down and I will do my best to solve it.

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Windows 10 October Update: What’s New This Time?

In yesterdays Surface event by Windows, Windows has revealed some interesting surface products like Surface 2 Studio, Surface Pro 6, Surface 2 Laptop and Surface headphones. In the same event, Windows also announced that the Windows 10 October update is available. This news got lost in the glory of Surface laptops and headphones. Windows 10 October update is pretty big and has the potential to make already helpful WIndows a better product. In this article, I’ll be showing you all the new and popular features of this update.

Your Phone App

The biggest and probably the best feature of this new update is its ‘Your Phone‘ app for Android and iPhone. Now you can access your messages, reply and send messages, access your photos right from your Windows 10. You can also copy, edit and Ink photos right from your phone without touching your Android phone. All these features are for available on Android 7.0 and above users for the moment. Here is a video by Microsoft showing how it works.

And for iPhone users, Microsoft says, you can browse the internet on the phone and then send the webpage instantly to your Windows to view on a bigger screen. ‘Your Phone‘ app is available on Microsoft store which you can download for free and connect your Microsoft PC to enjoy the features.

New Clipboard

This has to be my favorite feature of the bunch. As a blogger, I always find myself copying different things for different purposes. Ctrl+C and Ctrl+V work well only until I have few lines to copy. Things get to start messier when I try to copy a word, again and again, to paste in different contexts. Windows solves this problem by using cloud clipboard. That means all your copied text, images, and HTML stays in cloud clipboard for you to access anytime you want. To access this new clipboard, just press Windows+V, and you can see all the copied text and images at the same place for you to access.

It is also important to note that, Windows currently only supports file up to 1MB for cloud clipboard.

Snip & Sketch

Snip & Sketch is a new screen grabbing tool for Windows 10 users. This new app was first introduced a couple of months back in the Windows Ink Space with a different name. But now this is an app for all the Windows 10 users with the latest update. Essentially it is a screen grabbing tool with loads of features. Some of the interesting features include timmer setting, drawing on the picture, crop to different shapes, and edit picture. You can access this new tool by pressing Windows+ Shift + S. You can also trigger by pressing Print Screen button from your keyboard or by clicking the button on digital pen if you are using.

Some other interesting features of Windows 10 October update are:

  • Windows time app for Android and iPhone to find all the documents and files at the same place without going through all the files.
  • Microsoft todo app which is around for a couple of months has a new update. Now you can sync all your todo across device by just signing in to your Microsoft account. ToDo app also now supports Ink and digital pen.
  • Now you can use Ink on Powerpoint and Word. By using this, you can give your imagination a new look. AI will turn your sketch into workable slides. How cool is that!

Microsoft has added bucket load of features to this update. I’ve only listed those I found interesting and useful. You can read all about Windows 10 October update and its feature on Windows blog.

How to Get Windows 10 October Update

You are all excited and ready to install the new update. Good! It is a fairly straightforward process.

Simply head over to Start > Settings > Update & Security > Windows Update and click on Check for Update button.

You should see a new update (Update #1809). If you do, click on download and wait for it to download and install.

Done, now you have the latest Windows 10 October update installed and ready.

So what do you think? Which feature are you excited for? Let’s discuss.

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How to Access Windows PC and Mac from Android and iPhone

The smartphone is an essential part of this information generation. We all carry smartphones with us all the time. Smartphones are also getting smarter and powerful with every passing year. Smartphones are also capable of handling many tasks that only computers were able to do a few years back. Now things have changed. Many people think that in the coming years, our smartphones might be able to replace computers completely. While there is time for that to happen, in the current time we all have a computer with us for different tasks that a smartphone might not be handled.

Managing two devices at the same time is a difficult task, and sometimes we just wish that there were ways to access a computer from the smartphone itself. Well, that is going to come true in this article. We have had several methods to access computers from smartphones in the past, but most of them are not up to the expectation. Not anymore. In this article, I’ll show you how you can access your Windows and Mac computer from both Android and iOS smartphones for free.

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Prerequisite

Here are few things you need to have in place to be able to access computers from Smartphones.

1. A Windows or Mac laptop or desktop.
2. Google Chrome browser on your Mac or Windows computer.
3. A decent speed internet connection and a Google account

How to Access Windows and Mac Computer from Android or iOS

First, make sure you have read the Prerequisites.

Step-1: Configure Mac or Windows computer

Open your Google Chrome browser on Windows or Mac computer and visit remotedesktop.google.com.

Scroll down a little and click on “Get Started” button. Sign in with your Google account. If you are already signed in then, it might not ask you again.

After signing in, Google will ask you to install the Chrome Remote Desktop extension for your browser. This is a free extension for Google Chrome developed by Google itself.

After installing the extension, open it by clicking on the extension icon.

Here under “My Computers,” click Get Started and then Enable Remote Connection.

Enter a PIN and re-enter the pin then click on OK.

Allow Chrome to Download and Install remote desktop on your computer.

Step 2: Configure Smartphone

After configuring your computer, now it is time to setup your smartphone.

  • First, download Chrome Remote Desktop for your Android or iOS from the respective app stores.
  • Open the app and sign in with the same Google account that you used to set up your computer remote desktop.
  • Now you can see your computer name on the app. Click on it, and it will ask you to enter the PIN.
  • Enter the PIN that you had set up earlier and click connect.

That is all; now you can access your computer from both Windows and Mac from your Android or iOS smartphone.

How to Install Chrome Remote Desktop on Linux?

Installing Chrome Remote Desktop on Linux based computer is tricky. Google has a really good resource page about how you can install and active Chrome Remote Desktop for Linux. You can read from here.

Please remember that Chrome Remote Desktop is still in beta phase, you can expect some basic bugs in it.

This is how you can access your Windows, Mac or Linux computer from Android or iOS smartphones easily and for free.

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