Microsoft says that iPhone support for its Phone Link app is now available for all Windows 11 users. Announced in February, Microsoft’s feature allows syncing of calls, contacts and messages – including limited iMessage support – between an iPhone and PC.
Phone Link has been around (under different names) for Android-synced desktop features since 2015, but this is the first time it’s supported iPhones. Microsoft is deploying a phased launch, starting with selected Windows Insider preview testers in late February. After that, the company started to roll out general availability last month, promising to support all Windows 11 users by mid-May. So, in fact, it is now said that everyone with a Windows PC and iPhone can now use the new feature.
Phone Link for iPhone has many limitations that Android phones don’t have. First, although it supports iMessage syncing, it doesn’t work with group chats or sending images and videos. Additionally, voice messages and iMessage apps will not work. However, it can serve as a handy built-in service to save you from switching between your computer and phone.
To get started, you’ll want to find the “Phone Link” on the Windows taskbar. After opening the app, you need to set up some things on both devices. First, select iPhone as your device type, and use your phone’s camera to scan the QR code in the Phone Link app. The devices will pair via Bluetooth, and you will need to confirm several permissions on the iPhone and PC. It supports any iPhone running iOS 14.0 or later.