Linking Android and iOS phones to Windows 10 PC has a series of limitations

By: Madeleine Dean
2 minute read

Microsoft recently revealed a new Windows 10 Fall Creators Update native feature that allows users to link their Android and iOS phones to Windows 10 PCs. Surprisingly, Windows 10 Mobile is not included on the list.

Thanks to this new feature, Microsoft takes the cross-device web-browsing experience to the next level.

Here’s how to enable phone linking on Windows 10

The phone link feature is available under Settings. First, add your phone to be linked. You will then receive an SMS inviting you to install an app called “Microsoft Apps” for Android to complete the link between your phone and PC.

Once you have linked your phone to your PC, you can easily switch your browsing sessions from your phone on to the PC and the other way around.

Phone linking limitations

At the moment, there are a series of limitations to this feature. Most likely Microsoft will further expand it in the coming weeks, adding new options to the table.

Android and iOS phone owners currently don’t have access to all the Windows Phone capabilities. Generally speaking, all the features built into OS come with limitations on Android and iOS phones.

For example, Android and iOS users don’t have access to the whole array of Cortana voice commands and capabilities. In other words, your Cortana experience is quite limited once you’ve linked your non-Windows phone to your PC.

Cortana can do more things on Windows 10 phones because it can access all the settings and features in the OS, including the installed apps and programs. This is not the case for Android and iOS.

Most likely, iOS users will encounter more limitations than Android users. Apple is well-known for its restrictive policy that limits iOS users from using products on other platforms. It will be interesting to see how Microsoft manages to link iOS to Windows 10.

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