Integrate your phone with Windows 10
One Windows 10 feature that’s quite handy is the option for users to link Android and iOS devices to their Windows 10 PCs and use the “Continue on PC” feature. It lets you push web pages from your phone to your PC without the need to connect to the same network or use a USB cable.
Connect Android or iOS Phone to Windows 10
You should have a working phone number if you want to link your phone to your Windows 10 PC. In this post, we have used an Android device, but the steps for iOS are similar if you want to link iPhone to Windows 10.
- On your Windows 10 PC, open Settings by clicking the Windows icon, then select Settings.
- Click on the Phone option.
- Now, to connect your Android or iOS device to Windows 10, you can start by clicking Add a phone. Make sure both your PC and phone have an active internet connection.
- On the new window that appears, choose your country code and fill in your mobile number. Click Send to receive the text message on your phone.
- Download the Android app called Microsoft Apps using the link in the SMS. It is required if you want to link Android phone to Windows 10 and use the Continue on PC feature. You don’t need that app to link iPhone to Windows 10.
An SMS will be sent to your Android/iOS phone with a link to install to Microsoft Apps in the Play Store. Tap the link to install it.
After that, take a look at your Windows 10 system in Settings > Phone and you should see that your phone is paired with Windows 10 and listed as a device you can manage. Back on your phone, open the app and in the Windows Insider section, tap on Try It Now and you’ll get a short tutorial and then introduction screen – tap Get Started.
To test out if it’s working, browse to a website you want to share with Windows 10 and tap the options button, then Share. That will open up the menu of sharing options on your phone – select Continue to PC.
If this is the first time sharing an item, you’ll first need to log into your email address and approve the connection via Microsoft Authenticator.
Continue on PC is not limited to Cortana. You can also send images from your phone. However, it requires an additional step. In Google Photos app, tap Share > Continue on PC.
The Continue on PC feature with existing syncing capabilities offered by Microsoft as a part of their Cortana’s cross-device experience. The Continue on PC feature with existing syncing capabilities offered by Microsoft as a part of their Cortana’s cross-device experience.
Through the Cortana app, you can sync various things like notifications for missed calls, incoming messages, low battery status, and notifications from other apps can appear in the Windows 10 Action Center. In the Cortana app on your Android device, turn on the Enable Cortana cross device option.
To enable these sync options, visit Cortana > Swipe from left of the screen > Settings > Cross device. Turn on the toggle buttons you like. After you enable app notifications sync, you can select individual Android apps for which you want to enable notifications on your Windows 10 PC. Tap Choose what to sync to choose apps. By default, notifications for all the apps are disabled.
How to unlink your phone from Windows 10
If you don’t want to sync your phone and Windows 10 , you can unlink the phone whenever you want. Go to the Phone section and click the Manage all devices linked with your Microsoft account option. A new browser window will open where you’ll find your phone listed. Click Unlink this phone and you’re done.
You can also unlink the PC if you don’t want your device to push links to your PC but this would stop all the connected Android and iOS devices from doing so.
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