Dell Mobile Connect App Update Allows Screen Mirroring of iPhones on Windows PCs

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Dell this week updated its Mobile Connect iOS app with new features that offer seamless integration between Apple iPhones and Windows PCs, including wireless screen mirroring.


Version 3.0 of the app lets users control their phone with their PC's touchscreen, keyboard and mouse, which also enables drag and drop for photo and video files to transfer them between devices.

In addition to screen mirroring, the update includes Windows support for taking and making iPhone calls handsfree, text messaging, notifications, contacts search, and more when paired with an iPhone.

The Dell Mobile Connect PC app has a few requirements: The Dell laptop needs to be a 2018 model or later with Bluetooth, and the supported Dell laptop ranges include XPS, Inspiron, Vostro, Alienware, and the G Series.

The Dell Mobile Connect app is a free download for iPhone available on the App Store. [Direct Link]

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alpi123

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Lol, my XPS is from 2017 and has all the hardware as the 2018 model but is not supported. Although it's supposed to work, I tried the older version and it kind of worked but the experience was far from seamless.

All the infinity display XPSs should be supported (from 2015), this is just some lazy bs.
 

nymphe

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Is this app (for Windows) only available on Microsoft Store? my company blocks using store, so even though I have admin rights, I can't install it.
 

spinedoc77

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Why can't Microsoft accomplish this, does this require hardware? From the link it looks like it just uses Bluetooth, maybe it requires a newer version of Bluetooth? I've always wanted to use Windows phone connect option but it only works on Android (the only function available for iphones is transferring web pages). Dell's app is exactly what Microsoft should have inside of Windows, would be nice to use something like this on a non Dell PC, I'd gladly pay for it.
 
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GalileoSeven

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If this was widely available, not just on Dells (would be awesome if their Latitude line got this!), but across major brands, it would be a *killer app*
 
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CRoebuck

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Earlier versions of this required the phone to be unlocked all the time in order to allow text messaging to receive and send. Does anyone know if this is still the case? (It can also be run on non-Dell devices so those with older devices should not lose hope, there's been quite a lot of chat about this on Windows Central Twitter feed)
 

Raizen.Z09

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Why can't Microsoft accomplish this, does this require hardware? From the link it looks like it just uses Bluetooth, maybe it requires a newer version of Bluetooth? I've always wanted to use Windows phone connect option but it only works on Android (the only function available for iphones is transferring web pages). Dell's app is exactly what Microsoft should have inside of Windows, would be nice to use something like this on a non Dell PC, I'd gladly pay for it.
Microsoft can’t even push their Windows 10 updates without any issue. When was the last time we heard a Windows 10 update was rolled out smoothly?
 
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Lucifer666

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There are somethings very wrong about this. The fact that the Mac can't do it, is one very wrong thing.

On and on.
 
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torontotim

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Damn. My 2017 XPS isn't supported :-(
Just install it - it will work. I'm running it on a Huawei Matebook X Pro paired with my XS Max. No problem.

I installed the PC app via the Microsoft App Store. It said it was incompatible but allowed the install anyhow. Prompted for the mirroring drivers, I then restarted the Dell PC app to pick the drivers up and I'm mirroring my iPhone on my Huawei laptop.

It's a kludge using Accessibility / touch control and screen broadcasting to work, but it works well enough. Nice to have iMessage up on my 28" 4K screen with my mouse and keyboard available to respond to messages.

Just make sure your phone is sitting on a dock pointed at you, for Face ID recognition. Mine sits on a Qi charging base angled at me perfectly. I don't even have to look at it to log into different apps.
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There are somethings very wrong about this. The fact that the Mac can't do it, is one very wrong thing. Another one is that it's Windows. Another that it's Dell. Another is the idea that a somebody using Windows would be using an iPhone.

On and on.
So should I snap a pic of my iPhone XS Max mirrored on my Huawei Matebook X Pro - really push you over the edge?
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Why can't Microsoft accomplish this, does this require hardware? From the link it looks like it just uses Bluetooth, maybe it requires a newer version of Bluetooth? I've always wanted to use Windows phone connect option but it only works on Android (the only function available for iphones is transferring web pages). Dell's app is exactly what Microsoft should have inside of Windows, would be nice to use something like this on a non Dell PC, I'd gladly pay for it.
Works just fine on non-Dell laptops. Installed it today on a Huawei Matebook X Pro and my XS Max. Working as designed. Full mirroring, alerts etc. although 90% of the alerts on my phone are already set up on my Windows laptop, so I get double/triple alerts (Chrome, Windows and now this Dell Mobile Connect all triggered from the same event).
 
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subjonas

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I want this on my iPad as well as on my Mac. Continuity is great, but there are still things I can only do on my iPhone. This would take care of those things.
 

Flow39

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Wow!! Why the hell is this not available on Mac devices!! Killer app
Because macOS and iOS already have these features built in? You can call, text, and screen share already, plus do a ton of other things like AirDrop, Handoff, and Sidecar (with an iPad).
 

bspero

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I am not clear on how this can be installed on a Huawei or other "incompatible" device. My windows store just blocks it and asks me to put on my wish list. Someone would have to share the raw install file. (An APPX file?)
 
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Dave-Z

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Microsoft can’t even push their Windows 10 updates without any issue. When was the last time we heard a Windows 10 update was rolled out smoothly?
Because, of course, Apple has been nailing the whole software thing lately. :rolleyes:
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Microsoft rolls out updates smoothly on a pretty regularly basis... stuff working as intended doesn't warrant writing an article, thus why you don't hear about it.
Agreed. I switched back to Windows about 18 months ago and have had zero issues.
 
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