A Complete Guide to Setting up and Using Microsoft Your Phone
Most iPhone and Mac users appreciate the seamless integration of Apple hardware and software. However, this is not the case for Android and Windows users. Various companies have attempted to bridge the gap between Android and Windows but have ultimately failed. Microsoft, on the other hand, has successfully tackled this challenge with the introduction of the Your Phone app. This app enables users to easily manage their Android phone’s notifications, calls, and messages directly from their Windows PC.
Microsoft is committed to the Your Phone project by steadily improving its functionalities and stability since its introduction. It works with millions of Windows 10 and Android devices. Most OEMs, including Dell, Samsung, and ASUS, used to restrict such integration. In this post, we will guide you on setting up and using Microsoft Your Phone. Let’s get started.
Before we start the guide, it’s essential to understand the system requirements for a successful connection between Windows 10 and Android devices using the app.
The Your Phone app requires the following:
A PC running Windows 10 April 2018 Update or later. If you’re currently running the April 2018 Update, you will need to install the Your Phone app from the Microsoft store. Any Windows version after the April 2018 Update will have the app preinstalled.
The Android device should be running at least Android 7.0 (Nougat).
How to Link Your Devices
Make sure to have your PC and Android device nearby, turned on, and connected to the same Wi-Fi network.
Go through the steps below on your Android device.
Step 1: Install Your Phone app from the Play Store.
Step 2: Follow the guided setup process. If prompted to sign into the Your Phone Companion app, use the same Microsoft account on your PC.
Follow these steps on your PC to set up Your Phone:
Step 1: Press the Windows Key and search for Your Phone app. Select the app from the results.
Step 2: Sign in to your Microsoft account. You’ll need to use the same Microsoft account on your Android device to link the two.
Step 3: Follow the setup process and grant the necessary permissions.
Step 4: Connect your Android or iPhone (Your Phone is more compatible with Android). Select Android and continue.
Step 5: Open Your Phone app on Android, and it will connect to Your Phone on PC. You will receive a notification for a successful connection.
Your Phone Features
The hard work is done. Whenever your phone and PC are connected to the same network, Your Phone app on PC will connect to the Android device. Open the Your Phone app on Windows 10 device, and it will sync the data from the connected Android phone.
Features of Your Phone service:
– Notifications: The Your Phone app will mimic the same notification on your Windows PC when you receive one on your Android device. You can take actions on notifications, such as pinning, clearing, and using quick actions on Android phones.
If you receive an email on the Outlook app, you can Archive, Delete, or Reply from the Your Phone app on Windows 10. Similarly, users get the Complete and Snooze option for task notifications from the Microsoft To-Do app.
Users will appreciate this integration. With the Messages tab, Your Phone app will display all Android device messages on Windows PC. You can compose a new message from the desktop.
The Photos tab displays all device gallery photos on Windows PC. You can transfer media from phone to PC using Your Phone app.
You can access the recent calls list, answer calls, and call your friends using the dial pad in the Your Phone app.
Send Weblinks is useful for browsing the web on mobile and sending weblinks to a desktop for reading on a larger screen. Just tap Share in any browser, select Your Phone, and send it to the connected PC.
Besides these functions, you can also check the connected phone’s battery level and view the unread notifications from the Taskbar.
Customize Your Phone Experience
Microsoft didn’t stop there. You can personalize Your Phone experience by going to Your Phone Settings > Features and disabling notifications for specific apps. Another trick is changing the notification banner’s view using the Customization option in the app. If you use transparency effects in Windows, you can make the app background match your Android phone’s wallpaper.
Bridge Your Phone
Microsoft is developing the Link to Windows feature to enable the use of all installed Android apps on a bigger screen. Currently, this feature is only compatible with certain Samsung flagship devices.
The current version of the Your Phone service is highly beneficial for Android and Windows users. It allows for quick responses to messages, social media posts, and food orders using your PC’s larger display, keyboard, mouse, pen, and touch screen, in addition to other PC apps. Try it out and share your feedback in the comments.
Next, Microsoft Launcher is another helpful tool for connecting Android and Windows devices. Check out the comprehensive guide below for instructions on setting up and using Microsoft Launcher on an Android device.
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