If you’re an iPhone user that has a Windows PC, boy, do I have good news for you. Microsoft has started testing the iPhone version of its Phone Link app which makes it possible to send and receive iMessages directly from your PC. In addition to that, you can view all of your phone’s notifications and even place or receive calls.
Android users have the ability to do much more than that, and have been able to send and receive messages for quite awhile. But by expanding the feature to iPhone users, you’ll no longer have to stop what you’re doing on your computer to pick up your iPhone every time you receive a message.
There are a few gotchas, however. For starters, not everyone will have access to the feature right away. It’s currently being previewed to Windows Insiders through a slow rollout of the feature. Even if you go through all of the steps below, you might find that you can’t connect your iPhone to your PC quite yet. And you won’t have access to your chat history, be able to send or receive group messages, nor will you be able to view or send images and videos.
But it’s better than nothing. Below I’ll walk you through how to sign up for the Insider Program, where to find the necessary iPhone app, how to pair your two devices and, finally, how to use your PC to send messages.
How to send iMessages from your iPhone on a PC
How long until this is available to everyone?
Microsoft hasn’t said. In late February, the company said that it was starting to test and collect feedback from iPhone users who are part of the Insider program.
Since then, there haven’t been any big announcements about timing or the progress being made. If you want access to it right now, your best bet is to join the Insider Program through the Release Preview channel and deal with some minor (and very rare) bugs.
Do I need to be on Windows 11, or can I use Windows 10?
According to Microsoft, you’ll need to have Windows 11 installed on your PC in order to use Phone Link for iOS.
Can I turn off alerts for specific apps in the Phone Link app?
Yes! Just go to the Settings page in the Phone Link app where you’ll find the option to turn off alerts and notifications for all apps, or specific apps if you find getting all of your iPhone alerts on your PC to be too noisy.