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Hello! It is a real pleasure to be with you again. Technology is growing by leaps and bounds. And it is the desire of the users, to be able to synchronize several devices. As a matter of fact, in the Linux ecosystem, there is the option to show the status of an Android mobile on the desktop pc. For all those users of the plasma environment, it is possible to use KDE connect to manage an android mobile from the computer. However, Windows 10 is a system in constant growth, and for that reason, since the April 2018 update, it incorporates an application called Your Phone. This application will allow us to visualize in the pc, the notifications of the telephone. In like manner, we will be able to send text messages and visualize the images of the mobile phone. So this post I am going to show you how to configure your phone in Windows 10.

Prerequisites

  • A PC running Windows Update April 2018 10 or later
  • A phone with Android 7.0 (Nougat) or later.

How to configure Your Phone in Windows 10

In the first place, we are going to configure the application in the desktop system. With this in mind type your phone in the search bar.

Opening Your Phone
Opening Your Phone app

Then, the application will start with the welcome screen. Please select the operating system of your mobile, in this case, Android.

select the operating system of the mobile phone
Select the operating system of the mobile phone

Once you have chosen the operating system of the mobile phone, please press continue to follow the process.

press continue to continue configuration
Press continue to continue configuration

Now connect your device to the pc by receiving a text message. The next window will be filled automatically the phone number present in the records of Microsoft. However, it is possible to change the telephone number. Verify that it is correct and press Send to send the confirmation message.

Confirm the phone number to receive the confirmation message
Confirm the phone number to receive the confirmation message

Configure Your Phone Companion on the mobile phone.

You will receive a text message with a link to the play store to download the Your Phone Companion-Link to Windows app. If you have problems to receive the text message, here I leave the link for you to download it directly. Once you have downloaded the application, you need to login to your Microsoft account.

Link your phone first screen
Link your phone first screen

Please enter your Microsoft account.

Add your Microsoft account
Add your Microsoft account

Next, enter the password

Enter the Microsoft account password
Enter the Microsoft account password

Allow permissions

Next, we need to authorize the permissions on the android phone, to allow the proper functioning of the app. The first thing we need to do is to guarantee the app’s access to the mobile phone. Please press Allow to continue.

Next, the wizard will ask you to authorize the necessary permissions. Press Continue to move on.

Configuring app permissions
Configuring app permissions

The first permission concerns access to the photos and files on the device.

Allow access to photos and media
Allow access to photos and media

You then grant access to send and view text messages.

Allow permission to text messages
Allow permission to text messages

To be able to manage calls from the pc, please grant access to make and manage phone calls

Allow access to phone calls
Allow access to phone calls

Finally, to read the phone book allows access to contacts.

Allow access to phone contacts
Allow access to phone contacts

Once the permissions are granted, the wizard will ask if we want to allow the update of the app in the background.

Allow the companion app refresh in the background
Allow the companion app refresh in the background

To allow the app to update in the background, please ignore the battery optimization.

Ignore battery optimization
Ignore battery optimization

Everything is ready, and the configurations have been successfully established.

The app is ready to use
The app is ready to use

Please note that the application makes use of our usage data to improve.

The app sends usage data
The app sends usage data

After all, the phone and the pc are linked successfully.

Your phone an PC are linked
Your phone an PC are linked

Using Your Phone in the PC

Once the mobile configuration is finished, open the application on the PC to start using it. Moreover, we will see the name of our mobile device and a menu with photos, messages, and notifications. In this case, we will see the recent photos.

Your Phone app showing recent photos
Your Phone app showing recent photos

To review and send text messages, please enter messages in the left column.

Messages menu
Messages menu

Now configure the notifications. With this in mind, enter notifications on the left side of the window. The app will then request additional permission to synchronize notifications. To facilitate the process, press open settings for me.

Grant phone´s permission to sync notifications
Grant phone´s permission to sync notifications

The previous action will send a request for permission to our mobile. Then, press allow to synchronizing the notifications between the pc and the mobile.

Notification access to the app
Notification access to the app
Allow notification access to the app
Allow notification access to the app

After completing the steps, we can see the notifications directly on the PC.

Notifications on Your Phone App
Notifications on Your Phone App

Conclusions

As shown above, we have correctly configured the application Your Phone in Windows 10. In the same way, we learned how to configure the mobile app to link the mobile phone to the PC. This feature allows you to control some phone functions directly from your PC. For example, view images, read and send messages and check notifications. Personally, I miss being able to control the mobile screen directly on the PC. But I think the application has a lot of space for improvement. And it is very likely that many more functions will be added in the future. So that’s it for now, please visit our article on how to activate the remote desktop on windows 10. Also, if you want to know the latest technology, please join our telegram channel

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