In 2019, Microsoft finally got its own system for managing Android notifications from Windows. Since then, it’s been possible to view notifications from your Android phone on your Windows 10 or 11 PC as soon as they arrive, and if necessary, get your entire SMS history along with any pending notifications. You can even reply to messages and compose new texts right from your computer. The Windows app formerly called Your Phone was recently (and appropriately) renamed Phone Link.
Here’s how to get started. (These instructions assume you’ve upgraded your PC to Windows 11, but the process will be similar for Windows 10.) You’ll be going back and forth from your computer to your phone, so get ready.
First, on your Windows computermake sure you have the latest version of the Your Phone app:
- Open the Microsoft Store and search for phone link.
- If the app is not already installed, install it.
- If the app is installed, click Open minded.
- You will be redirected to the Your Phone app. click Getting started.
- You will be reminded which Microsoft account you are signed in to. Click unless you want to switch accounts Continue.
I have it? Good. time to move phone 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, enter the web link provided, or you can search for it yourself on the Play Store 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 PC.
Now back to yours computer.
- You should see a checkbox that says I have the Link to Windows app ready. Check it and then click Pair with QR code. You will get a pop-up with a QR code.
Back to yours phone
- You should see a box asking if the QR code is ready on your PC. Since it is, tap Continue on your phone. Grant Link to Windows permission to take pictures and videos.
- Scan the QR code on the computer with your phone. It should connect.
- Grant the app the various permissions it requests.
- You will be warned that staying connected may impact battery life. Beat Continueand then allow or deny it to run in the background.
- Your phone will tell you to check your computer and your computer will tell you that you’re done.
On their computer
- You’ll be welcomed into the app and prompted to pin it to your Windows 11 taskbar. You will then be introduced to everything you can do, e.g. B. View notifications, send text messages, view photos or make a call.
But you’re not quite done yet. Only part of the setup remains, the part that allows notifications to be passed through.
- If you are still on the introductory screen, you can click See my notifications. Otherwise, if you’re on the main Phone Link app window, you’ll see notifications in the left-hand menu. click on it. You will be asked for permission to sync notifications.
- Click on Open the settings on the phone. On your phone you should have been brought to you Device and app notifications. Find the Windows app link in the list and turn on the switch next to it.
- Beat To permit in the confirmation window that appears.
That’s it! All notifications you receive on your phone are now moved to the Phone Link app. You can receive and reply to text messages, view your photos, and even make calls (if connected via Bluetooth). You can also control four features of your phone with buttons: Do Not Disturb; Bluetooth; volume on / off; and audio player on / off.
Update April 8, 2022 11:45 am ET: This article was originally published on July 30, 2019. It has been updated to reflect changes in the app and operating system.