Intel Unison: How to install and control your iOS and Android device from PC

Last September, Intel announced new software called Unison that helps Intel-powered PCs connect to Android and iOS-based smartphones and offers an alternative to Microsoft’s Phone Link app. Samsung Display and Intel also unveiled the world’s first sliding PC during Intel’s Innovation Keynote.

The tech giant has now released the Intel Unison exclusively for Windows 11-based PCs running on Intel-based desktop CPUs. The company said the software will soon be available on select Intel Evo laptops as well.

What is Intel Unison?

Intel Unison is software similar to Microsoft’s Phone Link app that allows you to connect your PC to an Android or iOS-based smartphone. It allows users to quickly transfer files to and from PCs and Android or iOS devices, and make and receive voice calls directly from the PC. But unlike Microsoft’s Phone Link app, which only works with Android devices, Intel Unison also supports iOS devices.

Unison users can also send and receive text messages from their PC without having to take their phone out, as well as view notifications on their phone on their PC. In many ways, it offers the same functionality as the Phone Link app, but lacks some advanced features like the ability to toggle Do Not Disturb mode, change volume profiles, control audio playback, and more.

Intel Unison can also help you make and receive calls from your phone from PC. (Image credit: Intel)

How do I install Intel Unison?

If you want to download and install Intel Unison on your Windows 11 computer, all you need to do is launch the “Microsoft Store” app and search for Intel Unison.

Once this is done, Android users need to launch the Google Play Store while iOS users need to go to the App Store and download the mobile version of the app on their phone.

After installing the Unison app on the phone, users need to complete the pairing process by turning on the wireless connection and scanning the QR code displayed in the PC version of the app.

The recently introduced software supports Bluetooth, Bluetooth LE and Wi-Fi as well as peer-to-peer connections. Note that the software is not currently available on Windows 10-based PCs and it remains to be seen whether Intel will support the older operating system in the near future.

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