Requirements


⚜PC running Windows 10 April 2018 Update or later
⚜Android phone running Android 7.0 Nougat or newer

✅ Install Your Phone Companion on the Phone
✅First, install Microsoft’s Your Phone Companion app on your Android device. You can download the app from the Play Store.

✅ Install Your Phone on the PC
❗️Note: If your computer is running Windows 10 October 2018 Update or newer, this app is already preinstalled, so you can skip this step.

Note: If your computer is running Windows 10 October 2018 Update or newer, this app is already preinstalled, so you can skip this step.

Now, open the Microsoft Store app on your Windows PC and search for Your Phone. Select the app from the list and choose Install to install it on your computer. If you haven’t already, you will be prompted to sign in to your Microsoft Account [if you don’t have one, you will need to create one].

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When you open the app, you’ll be asked for a mobile phone number. This isn’t necessary, as Microsoft uses it to send a text message to your phone with the link to the Your Phone Companion app’s Play Store page, which you should already have installed.

✅ Connect Your Phone to Your PC
Open the app on your phone and select Get Started. Choose Continue and follow the prompts to provide the necessary permissions.

If you are having trouble with the prompts, go to your home screen, open your app drawer, then long-press the Your Phone Companion icon and select either App Info or the small i icon on the popup. On the next page, select Permissions, then one by one, enable the SMS, Storage, and Contacts permissions. Now, open the app again.

Choose OK on the next prompt inside the app and switch to your PC. Open Your Phone on the computer, then a notification will appear on your phone asking you to Allow this phone to connect to Your Phone app. Choose Allow, and your phone and computer are now linked.

✅Enable Notifications
On your PC, select Notifications in the Your Phone app. Choose Get Started, then select Open Settings on phone. You will receive a notification — tap the Open button here. Your phone will be redirected to the Notification access menu.

Find Your Phone Companion in the list and enable the toggle. Choose Allow on the prompt and use the back gesture (or button) to return to the app. Select the Open Settings on phone button on your computer again. The Notification page will now refresh and display any notifications here you receive while the link between your phone and computer remains.

✅ Configure Alerts
Now that everything is set up, let me show you some of the adjustments you can make to optimize the experience.

In the Your Phone app on your PC, open Settings and scroll to the bottom of the page to see some of the available options. For now, the main option you’ll want to want to play around with is Choose which apps notify you. Select the down arrow next to it to reveal a list of all the apps on your Android device. Disable the toggle if you don’t wish to show notifications from that app on your computer.

🗒Things to Know
⚜While this solution works well, it isn’t without limitations. First, you can’t access Smart Reply options as you would on your phone.

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