Receiving Android notifications on your PC involves installing the “Your Phone” app on both the computer and the mobile device you want to link to it. In most cases, you need to go to the Google Play Store, download and install the app on your Android phone; However, some models already come with this feature called “Link to Windows” installed, including the Surface Duo and select Samsung Galaxy handsets.
You can easily determine if your device has this feature already installed by opening your web browser and navigating to “www.aka.ms/yourphone”. The browser will show a prompt asking if you want to “open in another app”. Tap “OK” to confirm. If you’re taken directly to the “Link to Windows” menu in your device’s Settings app, that means it’s already installed. If your device doesn’t have “Link to Windows”, you will be redirected to download the “Your Phone” app.
“Your Phone” must also be installed on your PC; It can be found by opening the Microsoft Store app in Windows, typing “your phone” into the search field, and then tapping “Get” to install the software. Once the installation is finished, there is one more step to prepare your PC: Type “www.aka.ms/addcomputer” in your PC’s browser and after the website is loaded, click “OK” at the prompt Click Ask if you want to open the “Your Phone” app.
The “Your Phone” app will appear on your PC and ask you to either sign in to your Microsoft account or, if you’re already logged in, to verify which account you’re using for the link. want. Depending on which of these options you see, you will need to either enter your Microsoft account login credentials or click on your Microsoft account from the list presented. Once you do that, the “Your Phone” app on the PC will refresh and display a long PIN; This step means that you are ready to pair the computer and Android device.
Follow these steps to connect the two:
1. Open “Your Phone” on the Android device. In the prompt that appears, you will see a text field that says “Input the code shown on the PC.” Type in the PIN presented on the PC.
4. Wait until the app pairs the two devices.
5. When the app refreshes, you’ll see a new screen that says, “Check your computer,” as well as a button that says, “Done.” Tap that button to close the app.
6. Check “Your Phone” on PC. The software should display a prompt that says, “You’re all set!” And a button that says “Continue”. Click the button to open the “Your Phone” app.
The two devices are now paired. You can access your phone’s text messages, photos and videos, apps, and more by clicking the “hamburger” icon (three vertical lines) in the top left corner of the screen.