Back in 2019, Microsoft finally got its own Android notification management system from Windows. Since then, it’s possible to see notifications from your Android phone on your Windows 10 or 11 PC as they arrive and pull up your entire SMS history along with any pending notifications on demand. You can even reply to messages and write new texts right from your computer. Recently (and fittingly) the Windows app has been renamed Your Phone, which is Phone Link.
Here’s how to get started. (These instructions assume you’ve updated your PC to Windows 11, but the process will be the same as Windows 10.) It’ll go from your PC to your phone, so prepare for it.
Firstly, On your Windows PCMake sure you have the latest version of the Your Phone app:
- Open Microsoft Store and search for phone link.
- If the app is not already installed, install it.
- If the app he is installed, click Opens.
- You will be taken to the Your Phone app. click start.
- You will be reminded of the Microsoft account you are signed in to. Unless you want to switch accounts, tap Complete.
I understood you? good. It’s time to move on to Telephone side of things.
- You will be given instructions on where to go on your Android phone to install the Link to Windows app. For most phones, you will type in the web link provided, or you can search for it in the Play Store yourself and then install it. If you have a Surface Duo or certain Samsung phones, Link to Windows is already installed.
- Open the Link to Windows app, and tap Connect your phone and computer.
Now, go back to File the computer.
- You should see a checkbox that says I have a link for a Windows app ready. Check it out, then tap Pair it with a QR code. You will see a popup with a QR code.
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- You should see a box asking if the QR code on your computer is ready. Since then, click Complete on your phone. Give Link to Windows permission to take photos and record videos.
- Scan the QR code on your computer with your phone. You should call.
- Give the app the different permissions it asks for.
- You will be warned that staying connected may affect battery life. handle Completethen either allow or deny it to run in the background.
- Your phone will tell you to check your computer, and your computer will tell you you’re all set.
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- You will be greeted at the app and invited to pin it to the Windows 11 taskbar. You will then learn about everything you can do, such as see notifications, send text messages, view photos, or make a call.
But you are not finished yet. There is only one part left of the setup, the part that allows notifications to go through.
- If you are still in the introductory screen, you can tap See my notifications. Other than that, if you are in the main Phone Link app window, you will see the notifications in the left menu; Click on it. You will be asked for permission to sync notifications.
- Click Open Settings on the phone. On your phone, you were meant to be brought to Device and app notifications. Find the Windows app link in the list and activate the toggle next to it.
- handle Allow in the confirmation window that appears.
This is! Any notifications you get on your phone will now be transferred to the Phone Link app. You can receive and reply to text messages, view your photos, and even make calls (as long as they are connected via Bluetooth). You can also control four features of your phone via the buttons: Bluetooth; Volume on/off and audio player on/off.
Update Apr 8, 2022 11:45AM ET: This article was originally published on July 30, 2019. It has been updated to reflect changes in the app and operating system.