How To Link Windows 10 PC With Android Phone

Windows 10 Fall Creators Update has an option of linking Android phone with Windows 10 PC. This can help in ensuring consistent cross-device experience.

Here is how  :

Access Windows Settings (Windows key + X > Settings) and choose the Phone option.

windows 10 settings

Next, click on Add a phone.

adding a phone to windows 10 pc

Then, enter the number. This is where the download link to Microsoft Launcher app will be sent. Once the text message with the link is received, install Microsoft Launcher on phone. This app customizes Android phone with various features including user feed, frequently used apps and more.

microsoft launcher for android phones

To customize home screen, add favorite apps or skip as needed.

customizing android phone home screen using microsoft launcher

apps that can be added on phone home screen using microsoft launcher

Also, Microsoft Launcher can be set as a default launcher on phone if needed.

android phone with microsoft launcher

The phone is now linked and will show up in Windows 10 Phone settings.

android phone that is linked with Windows 10 PC

Other Microsoft apps installed on Windows 10 will be available to download and use on phone too.

other Microsoft apps that are available for downloading on android phone

Cortana can now be used on phone as well as on Windows 10 system for a better consistent experience.

using cortana on Android phone that is linked with Windows 10 PC

Also, the cool Bing wallpapers can be set on phone through Wallpaper app.

Bing wallpapers on Android phone

Various items like calendar events, Cortana, recent activities, to-do list, quick notes and more will appear as ‘cards’ in feed which can be accessed directly by swiping home screen.

user feed for Android phone when Microsoft launcher is used

These cards can also be pinned on a new page from which they will always be visible.

pinning user cards on a new page in Microsoft Launcher

Also, they can be added/removed or changed as needed.

 

customizing user feed in Microsoft Launcher

Once the phone and PC are linked, another useful feature to have is Continue on PC. The app for it can be downloaded from here for Android.

continue on PC app for Android phone

This helps in forwarding websites, links, articles, emails and so on directly to the linked PC. Simply use the share option and choose Continue on PC.

sharing website for opening it on Windows 10 PC using Continue on PC feature

The linked PC will be visible to which it can be shared. (If it is a website, it will automatically open in Edge browser on Windows 10 system.)

sharing to linked Windows 10 system using Continue on PC feature

Do try it out.

Happy linking.

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