Microsoft is working on an update to its Phone Link app that will allow your Android phone to stream audio directly to Windows 11.
As an aside, it also appears that Microsoft has renamed the app from Phone Link to Link to Windows, as seen on the Google Play Store (opens in new tab).
According to Windows Latest (opens in new tab), you can enable these sounds on any Windows device you have connected your Android phone to. For example, you can hear things from WhatsApp or your texting app – useful if you’re on a computer with a headset plugged in and could otherwise miss a notification.
It’s a feature users have been asking for, and while this is a welcome improvement that will certainly help when your Android phone is plugged in, you may not have used (or even heard of!) Phone Link in Windows 11.
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If you have a Mac and also have an iPad or iPhone, switching between devices isn’t new to you. For example, if you sent an iMessage on your iPad, you can continue the conversation using a macOS device.
However, it was difficult to do anything similar with Windows laptops and PCs. Granted, you can manage your content with OneDrive on multiple devices, but viewing messages or managing notifications between your Android smartphone and Windows computer has never been an easy process.
This is true Phone Link (opens in new tab) has been somewhat of a savior for many users and it accomplishes most of what it sets out to do. But for some reason, Microsoft has barely advertised since its May 2018 debut.
Being able to stream the audio from your Android to your PC will only increase the usefulness of Phone Link, but it can be useful for Microsoft to show how good this app is.
It’s mind-boggling that such a handy tool isn’t highly promoted as part of the Windows 11 (and Windows 10) software suite, especially since millions of users have already installed it and are totally unaware of its existence. Perhaps a partnership with Samsung or Google is in order? I am available for consultancy work, Microsoft…