One of the most fantastic features with the Windows 10 operating system is its ability to connect with Android and iOS devices. This feature, which was launched in the October 2018 update, allows you to share photos or send web pages from your smartphone to your PC.
In addition, you can view your PC timeline on your smartphone and also get mobile application notifications directly on your PC in the Your Phone application without the need to use a USB cable or connect to the same network.
This feature is also quite customizable to allow unlimited connections between Android and iOS devices. If you are using an Android or iOS device, read on to find out how you can link it to your Windows 10 PC.
Step 1: Update your OS or Download your Mobile application
If you have not updated your OS, visit the Microsoft Store and download the application. However, if you have updated your Windows 10 OS with the October 2018 update, your Mobile application must be installed.
So, open the Search bar next to the Windows start button and type the “Your Phone” application.
Note that sometimes even after an update, your PC may require you to update the “Your Phone” application. Simply update the application and everything will be arranged.
Step 2: Open your Mobile application
After your application is updated, click to start. To get started, all must sign in with your Microsoft account.
Step 3: Select the type of device to be linked
Step 4: Enter your mobile number
After you log in to your Microsoft account, the application will ask you to enter your mobile number. Click Send and the application will send a link to your cell phone via text message.
Step 5: Download and install your Phone Accompaniment application
On your Android smartphone, tap the link sent by SMS and you will immediately be taken to the Google Play Store. Now download and install the “Your Phone Companion” application for Android. This application is not required to link the iPhone to Windows 10. On the iPhone, it installs the Microsoft Edge browser.
Step 6: Enter on the Phone
Now open your Mobile / Microsoft Edge application and log in with your Microsoft account. After you sign in, allow app permissions to help your phone and PC work together.
Step 7: Allow mobile to connect to PC
After you allow permission, you will see a notification on your mobile screen asking you to “Allow” to connect to the “Your Phone” application on your desktop. Tap “Allow.”
Step 8: You are ready!
You are now set to share items between your smartphone and your PC. Although there are times when the PC application remains stuck on the screen, it is best to close the application and open it again so that it can be refreshed. This will allow you to see all the text messages and pictures taken recently with your device. All new images and text will be displayed in the application and you can now use your PC to text or edit images from your mobile.
How to Unlink Your Android or iOS Device from Windows 10
If you want to unlink your device from Windows 10, follow the easy steps below.
- Open the Telephone section
- Click Manage all devices connected to your account
- A browser will appear in a new window. Find your cellphone in the list and click “Disconnect this phone.“
There is also an Unlink PC option. However, this option will stop all Android and iOS devices that are linked.
Link your device via USB to Windows 10
Thanks to the Microsoft Phone Companion application, linking your Android or iOS device to a Windows 10 PC is also possible via a USB cable. This application allows you to synchronize your mobile device with your smartphone.
- To use this method, simply download the application from the Microsoft store
- Run the application
- Connect your device and it will be automatically detected by your device
With this application you will be able to see things like your mobile charging status, storage, and more.
As you can see, linking your iOS or Android device is very easy. If you have followed the steps above, you can now enjoy the convenience brought by Windows 10. We hope you find this guide helpful.