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.
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.