Microsoft is rolling out Phone Link for iOS to all Windows 11 and iPhone users, and the rollout is expected to complete by mid-May.
The Phone Link application is designed to allow users to connect from their PC to Android and iOS devices via Wi-Fi connection.
“Today, we are thrilled to announce that Microsoft Phone Link for iOS on Windows 11 is beginning to roll out to our global audience in 39 languages in 85 markets,” said Ali Akgun, Corporate Vice President of Software Engineering for Microsoft Devices.
“We are excited to begin a phased rollout to our Windows 11 audience with all users activated by mid-May.”
Users can choose their iPhone from the home page of the Phone Link app for iOS. Then they will be guided to pair their device by confirming a QR code on their PC screen.
After pairing and enabling the required permissions to sync contacts and notifications, you can see mobile notifications, track messages, and make or receive calls from your Windows 11 computer.
“Once enabled by the Windows 11 client, Phone Link for iOS will offer basic iOS support for calling, messaging, and accessing contacts,” Akgun noted.
“This means that if your phone is hidden during a presentation or tune-up time, you’ll receive notifications on your Windows PC and can choose what action to take, all on your Windows 11 PC.”
“Phone Link does not support replying to group messages or sending media in messages,” Brandon LeBlanc, Microsoft Senior Program Manager added when Phone Link for iOS began rolling out to Windows Insiders in February.
Phone Link for iOS requires an iPhone running iOS 14 or later, a Windows 11 device, a Bluetooth connection, and the latest version of the Phone Link app.
Phone link replaced the Your Phone app last year, in March 2022, when Microsoft announced an updated user interface for Windows 11 and an easier way to set it up when installing Windows by scanning a QR code.
Microsoft unveiled the Your Phone app at the Build developer conference in May 2018. delivered it to initiates in July 2018 with Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 17728 (Redstone 5), and officially demo during the October 2018 Surface event.