You can make calls, send texts and now control music on your Android phone, all from your Windows 10 desktop. Here’s how to use your Phone, which has the right name.
One of the main attractions of Apple products is the way they share information between devices seamlessly. It always feels like Microsoft has caught up on that, and it’s more highlighted by the discontinuation of Windows smartphones.
The October 10 Windows Update 2018 seeks to bridge the gap, by launching your Microsoft Phone application. This now means you can access phone calls, texts and notifications without leaving the desktop. Most importantly, this works on all the latest Android devices, as well as iOS.
Why should I use your cellphone?
We all know how to switch your phone when you try to work. It feels easier to dismiss notifications in the corner of your laptop screen as opposed to the front and center on your cellphone. In addition, many desktop applications will not send you notifications unless you have an open program, thereby reducing interference.
When you are ready to check your phone, there is a good level of functionality. In addition to getting notifications, you can also make and receive phone calls, send texts and use the phone application options.
The latest update has added the ability to control the music that plays on your mobile. This means you can play / pause, skip tracks and easily change your music provider without leaving your desktop. Read all the details here.
It is estimated that there is more in the job too, with Microsoft prioritizing the basics as the service establishes itself.
How to use your cellphone with Windows 10
First, you must download your Phone Friends application on the Google Play Store. This might already be on your mobile if you have a Samsung device, while the version of Windows 10 is pre-installed on your device.
- On your Android device, open www.aka.ms/yourpc.
- This will direct you to download the application from the Google Play Store even though it might have been pre-installed if you have a Samsung phone.
- Once downloaded, open the application and log in with your Microsoft account. You have to make sure this is the same as what entered your PC in order to function.
- Open your Phone application on your PC and select an Android phone.
- The two devices must recognize each other, but if not scan the QR code that appears with your mobile camera and make sure you are logged in on the desktop too.
- A notification will appear on your cellphone asking for permission, tap allow.
- Check the box to say you have installed the application and then the application will open.
- There she is! Now you will see a tab for Notifications, Messages, Photos, Mobile screen and Calls
Want to know more about how to use each part of your cellphone? Check out our in-depth guide on our PCWorld sister site.