If you are an iPhone user with a modern Dell computer, you can now mirror your phone’s screen on your PC and control it using Dell’s Mobile Connect app. Version 3 of the iOS app allows you to control your phone using your PC keyboard and mouse, and you can also drag and drop photo and video files to transfer between the two devices. Now you can also send SMS messages without having to keep the iPhone application open in the foreground.
The features, which were first announced at CES earlier this year, align the functionality of the app’s iPhone with what it already offers on Android, where it has supported these features for a couple of years. However, the two platforms have not yet reached parity. The Dell website notes that file transfers on iOS are limited to photos and videos, for example, while Android supports music and documents.
Along with the new iOS functionality, Dell says Android users will now be able to use their computers to send MMS files from their smartphones.
Dell is not the only company that is working to let you control your phone with your Windows PC. In particular, Microsoft’s Your Phone app works on Windows 10 regardless of who made the specific hardware it runs on. Last year, Microsoft updated its Android app with the ability to route calls from your phone to your PC, and it’s also testing screen mirroring functionality similar to what Dell offers. However, Microsoft’s current iOS app is more limited compared to Android version and does not support screen mirroring. Huawei also has its version of the technology that will also work with its tablets, but it is completely limited to Huawei’s hardware. Similarly, Apple’s handover feature has long allowed for seamless interoperability between Mac, iPhone, and iPad.
To use the new Dell app, you will need to have a Dell laptop from 2018 or later, and your iPhone must have iOS 11 or higher. Compatible Dell laptop ranges include its XPS, Inspiron, Vostro, Alienware and G-Series. Dell says the update will be rolled out gradually over this week.