Why Android Users Need Windows 10’s “Your Phone” App

Windows 10’s Your Phone app links your phone and PC. It works best for Android users, letting you text from your PC, sync your notifications, and wirelessly transfer photos back and forth. Screen mirroring is on its way, too.

Android Users Get the Best Integration

The Your Phone app is a powerful and often overlooked part of Windows 10. If you’re an Android user, you can use it to text right from your PC, see all your phone’s notifications, and quickly transfer photos. If you have the right phone and PC, you can even use the Your Phone app to mirror your phone’s screen and see it on your PC.

Unfortunately, iPhone users won’t get any of that. Apple’s restrictions prevent that level of integration. iPhone users can set up the Your Phone app to send web pages back and forth between their phones and PCs—but that’s it. Don’t even ask about Windows phones, which Microsoft gave up on long ago.

Texting from your PC, transferring photos, and syncing notifications all work right now on current stable builds of Windows 10. The screen mirror feature is only available for some Windows Insiders right now, but they should arrive for everyone soon.

How to Set Up Windows 10’s Your Phone App

The linking process is simple. The Your Phone app comes installed with Windows 10, but you can download it from the store if you’ve previously uninstalled it. Launch the “Your Phone” app from your Start menu to get started.

Select “Android” and click “Get started” to link the app to an Android phone. You’ll be prompted to sign into the app with a Microsoft account if you aren’t already signed into your PC with one.

If you aren’t already signed in with your Microsoft account, sign in when prompted. The setup wizard will ask you to download Microsoft’s Your Phone Companion app to your Android phone and click “Continue.”

Launch the Your Phone Companion app on your Android phone and sign in with the same Microsoft account you use on your PC. Go through the quick setup process. On the final screen, tap “Allow” to link your PC to your phone. The text messages and photos from your phone will start showing up in the Your Phone app.

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