Microsoft’s Phone Link app now offers iPhone sync for all Windows 11 users, enabling seamless integration of calls, contacts, and messages between devices.
Microsoft recently announced the expanded support for iPhone sync in its Phone Link app, making it accessible to all Windows 11 users. Initially introduced as a beta version in February, the program has been officially released to the public. With Phone Link, users can synchronize their calls, contacts, and messages, including limited iMessage support, between their iPhone and Windows 11 PC.
Phone Link, available for desktop computers with Android synchronization under different names since 2015, is extending its compatibility to iPhones for the first time. The rollout began with select Windows Insider preview program participants in late February and has gradually expanded to a broader audience. Microsoft promised to make the feature available to all Windows 11 users by mid-May.
While Phone Link provides convenient synchronization capabilities, it does have certain limitations inherent to the iPhone ecosystem. Group chats, sending media files (pictures and videos), voice messages, and iMessage apps are not currently supported. Nonetheless, the app is a valuable built-in service, eliminating the need for constant device switching.
Users can search for “Phone Link” on the Windows taskbar and open the app to utilize Phone Link. Following a few setup steps on both the iPhone and PC is necessary. After selecting the iPhone as the device type, users must use their phone’s camera to scan the QR code displayed in the Phone Link app. This will establish a Bluetooth connection between the devices, requiring users to grant the necessary permissions on both their iPhones and PC. The feature is compatible with any iPhone running iOS 14.0 or later.
With the expanded support for iPhone sync in Phone Link, Microsoft aims to provide users with a more seamless and integrated experience across their devices, enabling them to stay connected and in sync effortlessly.