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Dell Mobile Connect will soon support screen mirroring and file sharing with iOS devices

Dell Mobile Connect and iOS
Dell Mobile Connect and iOS (Image credit: Dell)

What you need to know

  • Dell Mobile Connect will soon support screen mirroring and file sharing with iOS devices.
  • The new features bring Dell Mobile Connect for iOS closer to feature parity with the Android version.
  • The features will roll out in Spring 2020.

Dell Mobile Connect allows people to connect their smartphones with their PC. It supports syncing text messages, making phone calls, mirroring your phone, and transferring files wirelessly. At the moment, screen mirroring and wireless file transfers are only available for Android devices, but a new update to Dell Mobile Connect will bring the features to iOS devices. Dell announced today that Dell Mobile Connect will be able to mirror iPhone screens and transfer files between iOS devices and PCs after an update that rolls out this Spring.

iOS is more locked down than Android, so it's harder for developers to support features like screen mirroring. Dell Mobile Connect gaining these features opens new ways to stay connected for people who have an iPhone and a Windows PC.

Dell states that over one million people have sent or received 150 million text messages or phone calls using Dell Mobile Connect. With more iOS features on the way, usage of the app could go up.

Dell Mobile Connect is available for free on Dell devices purchased after 2018 from the XPS, Inspiron, Vostro, and Alienware lines of PCs.

Sean Endicott is the news writer for Windows Central. If it runs Windows, is made by Microsoft, or has anything to do with either, he's on it. Sean's been with Windows Central since 2017 and is also our resident app expert. If you have a news tip or an app to review, hit him up at sean.endicott@futurenet.com.

10 Comments
  • "iOS is more locked down than Android, so it's harder for developers to support features like screen mirroring."
    But easier for Dell than MS?
  • Yes, that was my first thought as well. If Dell can do it, why isn't Microsoft able to?
  • I mean Microsoft and Dell are very different companies. Dell isn't really directly competing with Apple aside from them making hardware for Windows 10 and so forth. It's different for Microsoft to work out something like this since part of the aim would be to bring more people over to their services.
  • I think Microsoft has to do things by the book. They can't be using hacks and work-arounds like Dell or other smaller developers can. Remember Microsoft's YouTube app? They learned that lesson, they have to do things properly.
  • thats the worst example they did the youtube app by the book then the next day Google changed the API completely
  • I have Dell connect installed on my Surface Pro 6. So, it's not just for Dell PCs.
  • If I remember correctly, at 1st it was dell only, then eventually worked on everything. Who knows if this one will be locked down to dell or if dell will just let it work on everything. I can easily see the use for this at work. I am forced to use an iPhone, and have a dell on the shelf that i'm supposed to use to replace the perfectly good HP on my desk....
  • I have a new Dell laptop for work and cannot install this app. It says I need a code to install it from store. Dell says this is not supported on business laptops like my Precision.
  • That seems kinda stupid.
  • This is a welcome addition for me. Super excited for this to roll out.