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Microsoft's Phone Link now lets you send and receive iMessages

By Kenny Yeo - on 16 May 2023, 9:40am

Microsoft's Phone Link now lets you send and receive iMessages

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Back in March, Microsoft announced that its Phone Link will finally support Apple's iMessage. However, that feature would only be available as a preview to "a small percentage" of Windows Insiders inside its Dev, Beta, and Release Preview channels.

But now, Microsoft is rolling out an update to the Phone Link app that will enable iOS support for the first time to all its users. It said that all Windows 11 users would get access to iOS support in Phone Link by the middle of May.

Before you get too excited, know that there are some limitations to this support. Yes, you can send and receive messages over Phone Link, but that's about it. You can't see your chat history and there's no support for group chats.

Obviously, you won't be able to run iOS apps on your PC like you can with Android phone apps, and photos between your iPhone and PC won't sync either. And if you need photos to sync, you'll need to use iCloud integration with the Windows 11 Photos app.

So, yes, while Phone Link technically supports iPhones, the support is quite limited. Still, it's the beginning and at least users will be able to send and receive messages, plus see iOS notifications on their PCs.

To try out this new feature, update Phone Link from the Microsoft Store in Windows 11 and pair your iPhone to your PC. You'll need to enable contact sharing over Bluetooth and "show notifications" to allow iOS notifications to appear on your PC.

Source: Windows Central

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