Microsoft & # 39; s Your Phone app for Android can send photos, incoming notifications and text messages to your Windows 10 PC. The latest feature update has added something even more useful: the ability to make and receive calls on your PC without having to reach your phone. With the app you can even seamlessly transfer calls between your PC and phone in case you have to go mobile.
Setting things up is not difficult, although there are a few requirements before you take the steps below.
You need a PC (any type, desktop or laptop, x64 or ARM) with Windows 10 version 1
Download the app Your phone on your phone and PC
In order for your Android phone and PC to talk to each other, the app must be installed on both devices.
- Download this for your phone from the Google Play Store
- Download the Find the Your Phone app for your PC from the Microsoft Store. (It may already be installed on your computer, so search your apps list first.)
- Make sure you are signed in with a Microsoft account on your PC. (You can log in using the "Account" option in the Settings app.) Otherwise, you cannot continue with the installation.
- After the app has been installed on your phone, open it and log in with your Microsoft account. Please note that you must agree to give it permission to access your contacts, phone log, media and text messages, and to run it continuously in the background.
Connect your telephone and PC
- After you & # 39; are registered on both devices, they are ready to talk to each other. Make sure your phone and PC are on the same WiFi network and then launch the Your Phone app on your PC.
- If you see a dialog box asking you to choose between Android and iOS (iPhone users are currently limited to sending web pages between devices), this means that you have not signed in with the same mobile account. and PC (or that you have forgotten to log in to one of these devices).
- As soon as your phone and PC establish a link, & # 39; I get a permanent notification on your mobile, asking you first to verify that you allow device connection. Press & # 39; Allow & # 39 ;.
- At the moment, your telephone must be displayed in the Your telephone on PC app. It contains a dialer icon labeled & # 39; Calls & # 39; at the bottom of the list under the name and image of your phone. Here you call.
- But first you have to connect your phone to your PC manually via Bluetooth. The app Your phone does have a streamlined method to get dialer access, but it didn't work during my tests. However, manually pairing the devices worked on multiple phones each time.
- To connect your phone (if you have not worked with Bluetooth before), turn on the pairing mode in your Android phone by pulling down the notification shadow on your home screen, then long press the Bluetooth icon to open the settings. From there, turn Bluetooth on if it is turned off and tap "Pair New Device" or a similar option that displays your phone.
- Now do the same on your PC. Tap the Windows key and type "Bluetooth" to open the "Bluetooth & other devices" settings. Once you get there, tap & # 39; Add Bluetooth or other device & # 39; and in the box that opens, tap & # 39; Bluetooth & # 39 ;.
- Your phone and PC must now display the same pin code. If this is the case, tap & # 39; Connect & # 39; on both sources. to verify the connection. (If this is not the case, try again or check the Microsoft troubleshooting page.)
- Finally, open the dialer section in the Your Phone app on your PC and follow the instructions. Another notification is sent to your phone that needs approval. You will receive another notification when you request access to the call log. If you approve both (and no, you do not have to go through this process again), you will see your recent calls appear on the dialer screen. This is a good sign that it works.
- Finally! You are ready to make and receive calls with the Your Phone app on Windows 10. Just make sure that your headset or the speakers on your PC are correctly configured to work with calls and that you have to be ready.  Vox Media has affiliated partnerships. These do not affect editorial content, although Vox Media can earn commissions for products purchased through affiliate links. See our ethical policy for more information.