Windows 11 to let users connect to Android phones via hotspot

San Francisco: Aiming to improve the user experience, tech giant Microsoft has released a Windows 11 preview build that will include an update to “Phone Link”, which will allow users to connect to their Android phone directly from their computer via a mobile hotspot.

According to Android Authority, Windows Central reported that Microsoft is currently releasing a Windows 11 preview build that is only available to Insiders on its Dev Channel.

Some issues and improvements have been fixed in this preview build. In addition, it seems that Microsoft’s Phone Link app will also be updated in the new build.

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This update allows users to connect Windows 11 directly to their phone’s mobile hotspot through the Windows Wi-Fi panel.

The new feature works similarly to how macOS can easily connect to an iPhone hotspot, it added.

However, the new Phone Link feature is currently only available for Samsung handsets with One UI 4.1.1 and above.

According to the report, Microsoft may later decide to provide compatibility for additional devices, such as the Surface Duo.

Meanwhile, Microsoft recently started rolling out Android 12L to the Surface Duo and Surface Duo 2, to build stronger connections between Windows 11 PC and the Duo devices.