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Apr 12, 2001

Microsoft today announced it has completed its rollout of iPhone support for its Phone Link app on Windows 11, as spotted by The Verge.


With the Phone Link app for Windows 11 and the Link to Windows app for iOS, iPhone users can make and receive phone calls, send and receive text messages, and view notifications directly on their PC. Notably, this means Windows 11 technically supports iMessage, although there are several limitations, including a lack of support for group chats, photos, videos, and conversation history beyond the current chat session.

All messages appear as gray bubbles in the Phone Link app, meaning iMessages and SMS text messages cannot be differentiated on a PC. In addition, messages are only delivered to a PC while the iPhone is connected via Bluetooth. Microsoft says the iPhone must be running iOS 14 or later, and this feature is not available for the iPad or Mac.

All in all, this is a rather clunky workaround to Apple's lack of true iMessage support on Windows, but it's better than nothing for iPhone users with a PC.

Article Link: Microsoft Completes Rollout of Basic iMessage Support on Windows 11


macrumors 601
May 18, 2015
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Seriously though, the phone has to be connected via Bluetooth in order to receive messages, SMH! Personally, I wouldn't even bother with this.
It actually makes sense in a work type situation. I used the app with my android phone and it works well for when you want to leave the phone in your pocket.


macrumors 68020
Feb 27, 2011
Our office is windows environment so would love to have it if it was as slick as on Mac OS


macrumors 68020
Oct 11, 2011
It has to have Bluetooth connection, this is the same implementation that my Tesla has with my phone, its not iMessages, its just bluetooth texted messaging, through your phone. I assume you'd be able to do the same thing with Android, right? what about this makes it iMessage? Do you log in with your AppleID?
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