How to Link an Android Phone to a Windows 10 PC Using Microsoft Phone Link


Windows and Android are very popular, so naturally a lot of people use them at the same time. Microsoft’s “Phone Link” app integrates your Android phone with your PC, allowing you to access your phone’s notifications, text messages, photos, and more directly from your PC.

We’ll start with the Android app. Download the “Link to Windows” app from the Google Play Store on your Android phone or tablet. Select a Samsung Galaxy device that has the app installed.

Open the app and tap “Link your phone and PC” to get started.

Click on "Link your phone and computer".

Next, open the Phone Link app on your Windows 10 PC and click Get Started.

Click "Start".

On the next screen, select “I’ve linked to a Windows app” and click “Pair with QR code”.

Click "Pair with QR Code".

Back on your Android device, click the “Continue” screen on “Is the QR code on your computer ready?” and point the camera at the QR code on your computer.

Click "Continue" to scan the QR code.

Once connected, you need to grant the Android app some permissions. Click “Continue” to continue.

continue permission

You need to give the app permission to access contacts, make and manage phone calls, access media, and send and receive text messages. Click “Allow” to continue all of this.

Click "Allow" to gain permission.

With permission, you may be asked to keep the app running in the background to stay connected to your PC. Click “Continue” to continue.

keep in touch

A popup will ask if you want to allow the app to always run in the background. Select “Allow”.

Keep your phone running in the background

That’s all there is to do on the Android side right now. Back on your Windows 10 PC, the Phone Link app will have a “Continue” button to click.

Click "Continue".

The Phone Link app will now guide you through the setup of some features. We’ll also show you how. First, tap “View My Notifications.”

Click to view my notifications

In order for this to work, we have to give the “Link to Windows” app permission to see Android notifications. Click “Open Phone Settings” to get started.

Click "Open Phone Settings".

On your Android device, a notification will appear prompting you to turn on notification settings. Click “Open” to go there.

Click to open from notification
Notifications on Android Devices

The Device and App Notifications setting will open. Find “Link to Windows” from the list and make sure “Allow notification access” is enabled.

Grant app notification access.

That’s it! You will now see your notifications appear in the Notifications sidebar in the Windows application. When a notification appears, you can remove it from your Android device by clicking the “X” icon.

Notification in phone link.

The Messages tab will automatically display text messages from your phone, no setup required. Just type a reply message in the text box, or click New Message.

Phone link message tab.

The Photos tab also doesn’t require any setup. It will show recent photos from your device.

Photos tab.

In the sidebar, you can view the battery level of a connected device, adjust some device settings, and control the media being played.

Device Information.

You now have the basics up and running. Phone Link is a very handy app, especially if you spend a lot of time on your Windows 10 PC all day. You don’t need to pick up your phone multiple times now.

related: Why Android users need the Your Phone app for Windows 10


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