Windows 11 now allows users to connect to their smartphone’s mobile network without having to touch the phone’s settings. In this way, Windows catches up with Apple with its ecosystem.
Microsoft’s new feature at your operating system It comes through the Phone Link (Your Phone) application to connect Windows 11 computers with smartphones in situations where we don’t have Internet access via WiFi (or you don’t trust the network on duty).
If the phone is in range, it appears in the list of available WiFi networks on the PC. One click activates the phone’s hotspot and the PC connects to it. The new function of Windows 11 It is inspired by the macOS notification that offers a secure connection to an iPhone.
For now, only Samsung devices running Android 12 are supported or higher (One UI 4.1.1+), but Microsoft usually extends support for Phone Link features to other Android devices over time, so we should enjoy this feature in the future.
“No more remembering and typing passwords or searching for hotspot settings on your phone. This provides an easier and faster way to repeatedly connect to your hotspot when you’re on the go.“, explains Microsoft on its blog.
Requirements to enjoy this change in your operating system
To use the feature, the PC must be running Windows 11 OS, version 22H2 Build 22621 or higher, and the Phone Link desktop application must be version v1.22082.111.0 or higher.
From our phone Link To Windows app (which is pre-installed on Samsung devices) it must be version v1.22082.142.0 or later.
Microsoft has also released Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 25231 on the dev channel. Contains some minor changes and improvements. The build includes the tablet-optimized taskbar and system tray tweaks to modernize the experience.
Microsoft has also fixed a bug that caused applications like Paint and Windows Terminal to crash when users tried to display a tooltip.