It was a long time ago, but Microsoft finally has its own system for managing Android notifications from Windows.
This system makes it possible to see notifications from your Android phone on your Windows 10 PC as they arrive and to retrieve your entire SMS history together with all open notifications on demand. You can even reply to messages and compose new texts from your computer.
Here's how to get started.
On your Windows 10 computer
First make sure you have the latest version of the Your Phone app:
- Open the Microsoft Store and search for "Your Phone"
- Install the app if it is not already installed
- If the app is installed, click the three-dot menu button next to the "Start" command. If "Update" appears as an option, select it.
Then prepare your computer for the connection:
- Open the Your Phone app
- Click the Android box and then click & # 39; Getting Started & # 39;
- Enter your telephone number in the prompt that appears
Understood? Good. Time to go to the phone.
On your Android phone
- Search for a text from Microsoft with a link to install the Your Phone Companion app (or simply search for the app in the Play Store yourself) and install it
- Open the Your Phone Companion app and tap & # 39; Log in with Microsoft & # 39;
- Enter your Microsoft data. Make sure you use the same account that appears in the Your Phone app on your computer.
- Grant the app the various permissions it requests
- When the app asks you to set up the Your phone app on your PC, tap "My PC is ready"
- When the app asks you to allow the connection, tap "Allow"
The last link
There are only a few settings left, the part with which notifications can be processed:
- Open your phone's system settings, search for & # 39; Notification access & # 39; and then select the Notification Access option
- Find the Your Phone Companion app in the list and activate the switch next to it
- Tap "Allow" in the confirmation window that appears
- Go back to the Your phone app on your computer and click on the Notification tab on the left side of the screen. If you don't see the Notification tab, close the app and open it again.
- Click & # 39; Getting Started & # 39; and then on & # 39; Open settings for me & # 39 ;. You have already manually adjusted your settings (which is the most direct way to do this) and the nothing but way to do this from this year's Android Q release), so you must be taken directly to the app's notifications screen.
That is it! Notifications you receive on your phone now automatically appear on your desktop and then go to your Windows 10 Notification Center (in the lower right corner of the screen). Text messages include the option to reply, something that is currently limited to your standard Android SMS app, but it will expand soon to support all apps with answer functions in their notifications.
Whenever you want to look through all of them of your messages and open notifications, simply open the Your Phone app on your computer. While there, click the "Customize" command on the Notifications tab. This allows you to selectively silence notifications from specific apps, in case you ever need less noise.
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