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Windows and Android are very popular, so naturally, there are a lot of people who use both. Microsoft’s “Phone Link” app integrates your Android phone with your PC, giving you access to your phone’s notifications, text messages, photos, and more—right on your PC.

Tip: Microsoft’s Phone Link app is included with Windows 11, too. You can also link Windows 11 PCs with an Android phone.

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 Samsung Galaxy devices already have this app installed.

"Link to Windows" app.

Open the app and tap “Link Your Phone and PC” to begin.

Tap "Link your phone and PC."

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

On the next screen, select “I have the Link to Windows app already” and click “Pair With QR Code.”

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

Tap "Continue" to scan QR code.

After it connects, you’ll need to grant the Android app some permissions. Tap “Continue” to proceed.

continue with permissions

You’ll need to grant the app permission to access your contacts, make and manage phone calls, access media, and send and receive text messages. Tap “Allow” to proceed with all of them.

Tap "Allow" for permissions.

With permissions out of the way, you may be asked to let the app run in the background to stay connected to your PC. Tap “Continue” to proceed.

continue to stay connected

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

allow Your Phone to run in the backgroud

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

The Phone Link app will now guide you through setting up some of the features. We’ll show you how, too. First, tap “See My Notifications.”

tap see my notifications

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

On your Android device, a notification will appear prompting you to open the notification settings. Tap “Open” to go there.

tap open from notifications
Notification on your Android device

The “Device & App Notifications” settings will open. Find “Link to Windows” from the list and make sure that “Allow Notification Access” is enabled.

Give the app notification access.

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

Notifications in Phone Link.

The “Messages” tab will automatically show your text messages from your phone, no setup is required. Simply type in the text box to reply to a message, or tap “New Message.”

Phone Link messages 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 see the battery level of your connected device, adjust some device settings, and control the media that’s playing.

Device information.

You’ve now got the basics up and running. Phone Link is an extremely handy app, especially if you spend a lot of time on a Windows 10 PC all day. You now won’t need to pick up your phone so many times.

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