Microsoft releases iOS support for Phone Link for notifications on PC

The Phone Link app for Windows 11 will receive an iOS support update starting Wednesday. With the update, iPhone users can pair their smartphone with a Windows 11 PC to receive notifications, send iMessages, and make calls on that PC.

Microsoft says that iOS support will allow users to make calls using their Windows 11 PC, provided that PC is paired to an iPhone with a continuous Bluetooth connection. Users can also receive iPhone notifications on that Windows 11 PC and use iMessage. The latter is only possible in 1-on-1 conversations and with text; the iMessage integration does not support group conversations or image or video sharing.

Phone Link has been around for years and was called Your Phone until a year ago. The feature allows users to link Android devices to a Windows PC. The app also exists for Windows 10, but Microsoft only says in the message that the Windows 11 version will get iOS support. There is no mention of the Windows 10 version.

Microsoft announced iOS support in February. The support has since been available to Windows Insider users. The company says it wants to gradually bring iOS support to all Windows 11 users and that this rollout should be ready by mid-May. In addition to Windows 11, iOS 14 or later is required. The feature does not work with iPads or macOS.