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Microsoft’s “Your Phone” is a powerful app that makes your Windows PC and Android device work better together. It can also sync notifications between devices and transfer files. In this guide, we’ll show you how to send and receive text messages.
To use the Your Phone app on Windows and Android, there are a number of requirements you must meet. You must have one (s):
- Windows 10 April 2018 Update or later.
- Android device with Android 7.0 or higher.
Before we get started with the SMS feature, you’ll want to go through the initial setup process for your phone on your PC and Android device. Read our full guide to go through that process.
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The great thing about the SMS feature is that the “installation process” actually only grants permissions when you first use the Your Phone Companion app on your Android device.
The permissions that you want to be sure to ‘Allow’ for the SMS feature to work are ‘Contacts’ and ‘Text Messages’.
During the initial installation, it is also important to keep the Android app running in the background. This will keep the device connected to your PC. Tap ‘Continue’ when asked to ‘stay connected’.
Finally, tap “Allow” to keep the app always running in the background.
With all those permissions out of the way, the feature is now ready to use. Open the Your Phone app on your Windows PC and click the “Messages” tab in the side panel.
Messages from your Android device will automatically be displayed here. Just select a conversation to open it.
The conversation will open and you can type in the text box and select emoji to add. Click on the paper airplane icon to send the message.
To start a new conversation, click the “New Message” button at the top of the conversation list.
A new text box will appear and you can search for a contact to send a message to. Since we gave the app permission to view contacts, they will be taken from your Android device.
That’s all there is to it! You can now send and receive text messages on your Windows PC.