Windows 11 users rejoice as Microsoft launches Phone Link for iOS

Phone Link for iOS

Microsoft has announced the availability of Phone Line for iOS to all Windows 11 customers. The Phone Link for iOS on Windows 11 has started to roll out gradually in 39 languages across 85 markets. The main aim is to remove barriers between your smartphone and PC. Moreover, the link will also help people to establish connectivity with people they care about.

Microsoft has asked for feedback from Windows Insiders during the preview phase and the response was encouraging. The company revealed that the product team got positive feedback such as “this is exactly what I’ve been hoping for on my Windows PC”. The company is expected to complete the rollout to all Windows 11 customers by the middle of May 2023.

The Phone Link for iOS will provide basic iOS support for calls, messages, and access to contacts. The Phone Link brings instant access to all the content directly on the Windows PC. The company will continue to deliver a rich experience with new features as and when technology becomes available.

You need not have to worry about missing an important phone call or text while you focus on working with Windows PC. You will receive notifications on your Windows PC when you are busy with a presentation and can take appropriate action. Microsoft also integrated iCloud with the Photos app in Windows 11.

To work with Phone Link for iOS on Windows 11, you should search for Phone Link from within Windows 11 taskbar. Microsoft has provided step-by-step instructions, which explain the process behind the usage of Phone Link. The Phone Link for iOS requires iPhone with iOS 14 or higher, Windows 11 device, and Bluetooth connectivity. Google also released Nearby Share for Windows using which you can transfer images and videos to and from your Windows PC.

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You will not be able to work with Phone Link using iPad (iPadOS) or macOS. While the messaging feature is limited by iOS, image/video sharing including group messaging is not supported. The messages are session based and will work only when phone is connected to PC.

Anand Narayanaswamy is the editor-in-chief of Netans. He was recognized as a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) for 9 years (2002 to 2011) and again as a Microsoft MVP in Surface under Windows and Devices in January 2024. He worked as a Chief Technical Editor with ASPAlliance and was part of ASPInsider program. Anand has published several articles and reviews related to various software and hardware products for various software and technology related websites. He is also active on social media and also participates as an Influencer for various brands. Anand can be reached at admin@netans.com

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