Phone Link for iOS is now available for all Windows 11 users, not just Windows Insider Program members. The app is currently rolling out to Windows 11 users and should be available to all users globally in the coming days. Notably, Microsoft gave a preview of the feature to a select few users through its Windows Insider program earlier this year. Unsurprisingly, the Phone Link app for iOS is restricted in its functionality as compared to the Phone Link app for Android. Having said that, iPhone users can now connect their phones to their Windows 11 machines. Here’s all you need to know about the Phone Link for iOS app.
iPhone Users Can Now Connect Their Phones to Windows 11 PC
The Phone Link for iOS app for Windows 11 is now available for all users worldwide. In an official blog post, Microsoft announced that the Phone Link for iOS on Windows 11 is rolling out to the global audience in over 85 markets in 39 languages. According to the official blog, the new app is designed to remove the barrier between an iPhone and Windows 11 device, to connect to the people you care about the most.
According to Microsoft, it received positive feedback from Windows Insider Program members, who enjoyed the app preview in March. This is why Microsoft has rolled out the feature to users earlier than planned. Set to release later this year previously, Phone Link for iOS will reach all users by mid-May, according to Microsoft. Notably, the Phone Link for Android has been available to Windows 11 users for quite some time now.
Unfortunately, the new feature for iOS users doesn’t offer as much functionality as its Android counterpart. Users can pick up calls or check messages and respond right from their Windows 11 PC. The Phone Link for iOS app also integrates iCloud in the Photos app, which means users can quickly check their iPhone photos on the laptop or desktop.
Phone Link for iOS: System Requirements
Microsoft has posted the system requirement for the Phone Link for iOS app on the official blog. You need the following for it to work.
- iPhone running iOS 14 or above.
- A laptop or desktop running Windows 11.
- The latest version of the Phone Link app.
- Working Bluetooth connection.
Currently, the Phone Link for iOS is unavailable for iPadOS or macOS. Moreover, the company has mentioned that the messaging feature is currently restricted by iOS, which means that media sharing and group messaging are currently not supported.