Microsoft rolls out Phone Link app with iPhone support on Windows 11

Microsoft is finally rolling out iPhone support through the Phone Link app on Windows 11.

Phone Link with iPhone
Phone Link with iPhone / Image: Microsoft

On Windows 11, the Phone Link app now includes support for iPhones in addition to the existing support for Android devices. The Phone Link app with iOS support allows you to perform some basic but functional tasks, including the ability to make and receive calls, send and receive messages (to one person, not groups), and manage notifications.

However, unlike the support available for Android, you can’t access your pictures and videos through the Phone Link, but you can use the Windows 11 Photos app integration with iCloud.

According to the official announcement, the support is rolling out in 39 languages across 85 markets. If you want to connect your phone to your computer, you will need the latest update of the Phone Link app. 

You can ensure the device has the newest update from Microsoft Store > Library and click the “Get updates” button. Your iPhone will also need Bluetooth, which you can enable from Settings > Bluetooth and turn on the feature, and on Windows 11, you enable Bluetooth from Settings > Bluetooth & devices and turn on the feature.

Phone Link iPhone option

Once the app has been updated and you enabled Bluetooth on both devices, the pairing process is straightforward. You would only need to open the Phone Link app on Windows 11 and click the “iPhone” option. The action will generate a barcode that you can scan with the “Camera” app on your iPhone. After scanning the code, click the “Open” button on your phone to launch the easy-to-follow wizard.

After completing the steps, the wizard will guide you through the rest of the setup process. The best part is that you won’t need to install an additional app on your phone to complete the setup.

If you can’t find the option, it’s important to note that the feature is rolling out slowly, and it can take some time to become available on your computer.

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Mauro Huculak is a Windows expert and the Editor-in-Chief who started Pureinfotech in 2010 as an independent online publication. He is also been a Windows Central contributor for nearly a decade. Mauro has over 12 years of experience writing comprehensive guides and creating professional videos about Windows, software, and related technologies, including Android and Linux. Before becoming a technology writer, he was an IT administrator for seven years. In total, Mauro has over 20 years of combined experience in technology. Throughout his career, he achieved different professional certifications from Microsoft (MSCA), Cisco (CCNP), VMware (VCP), and CompTIA (A+ and Network+), and he has been recognized as a Microsoft MVP for many years. You can follow him on X (Twitter), YouTube, LinkedIn and About.me.