How To Link Your Android or iOS Device To Windows 10? | Connect Phone To Windows 10

Use Microsoft Phone Companion to Continue on PC 7

One Windows 10 feature that’s quite handy is the option for
users to link Android and iOS devices to their Windows 10 PCs
and use the ‘Continue on PC’ feature. It lets you push web
pages from your phone to your PC without the need to connect to
the same network or use a USB cable.

The Continue on PC feature is currently available for
users running Windows 10 Fall Creators Update. You can use the
steps mentioned in this post to link phone to Windows 10 PC
with ease.

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Connect Android or iOS Phone to Windows 10

You should have a working phone number if you want to link your
phone to your Windows 10 PC. In this post, I have used an
Android device, but the steps for iOS are similar if you want
to link iPhone to Windows 10. Follow the steps written below:

  1. On your Android or iOS device, download the Cortana app and
    sign-in using the same credentials you use on your PC.
  2. On your Windows 10 PC, open Settings app.
  3. Click on the Phone option.
    Continue on PC 1
  4. Now, to connect your Android or iOS device to Windows 10,
    you can start by clicking Add a phone. Make
    sure both your PC and phone have an active internet
    Continue on PC 2
  5. On the new window that appears, choose your country code
    and fill in your mobile number. Click Send to receive the text
    message on your phone.
    Continue on PC 3
  6. Download the Android app called Microsoft Apps using the
    link in the SMS. It’s required when you want to link Android
    phone to Windows 10 and use the Continue on PC feature. You
    don’t need that app to link iPhone to Windows 10.
  7. Now, in the Cortana app, look for the option that says
    Continue your tasks on PC. Tap Try it
    Turn On Continue on PC 4

Once done, you’ll start seeing a new ‘Continue on PC’ button in
the Cortana app. For any news story you open in the Cortana
app, you can send it to your PC by tapping that button.

The linking is only a one-time process. If you try to send the
SMS again, you won’t receive it if you have had successful
verification, as it was my case. I couldn’t find any option to
‘unlink’ or remove the device and send the text again. To
download Microsoft Apps at a later stage, you can find the same
on Google Play.

You can unlink the PC if you don’t want your device to
push links to your PC. But this would stop all the connected
Android and iOS devices from doing so.

Continue on PC is not limited to Cortana

You can use the feature on other apps. For instance, visit any
web page in Google Chrome and open the Share section by tapping
the Settings button. Here, you’ll find the Continue on PC
option which works the same way as mentioned earlier.

Continue on PC 5 Share Web Links Google Chrome

You can also send images from your phone. However, it requires
an additional step. In Google Photos app, tap Share >
Continue on PC. Now, it asks you to create a link to the file
to be shared. So, you simply have to select the first option if
you want to send only one image.

Similarly, you can open links stored in Google Keep directly on
your Windows 10 PC. The Continue on PC option is available in
virtually all the places where you can find Android’s native
share option. But it’ll only work if there is a web link to be

What’s more?

You can club the likes of the Continue on PC feature with
existing syncing capabilities offered by Microsoft as a part of
their cross-device experience. Through the Cortana app, you can
sync various things like notifications for missed calls,
incoming messages, low battery status, and notifications from
other apps can appear in the Windows 10 Action Center. Don’t
forget to read some useful Action Center tips and

Continue on PC 6 Sync App Notifications

To enable these sync options, visit Cortana >
Swipe from left of the screen > Settings > Cross
. You can select individual Android apps for
which you want to enable notifications on your Windows 10 PC.
Tap Choose what to sync to choose apps. By
default notifications for all the apps are disabled.

Send photos and videos wirelessly to Windows 10

Apart from linking your phone to Windows 10 over the internet,
there are other ways to transfer data between the devices.
Microsoft has released a new app called Photos companion which
can be used to transfer photos and videos from your Android or
iOS devices to Windows 10 over WiFi. Read the required steps to
set up Photos Companion.

Connect Phone to Windows 10 PC via USB

What is Microsoft Phone Companion?

Continue on PC 8

If you want to connect phone to Windows 10 PC via a USB cable,
Microsoft already has an app for that. Known as Microsoft Phone
Companion, the app allows you to sync your Android, iOS, or
Windows Phone with your PC. It’s available in the Microsoft
Store for Windows 8.1 and above.

How to use Microsoft Phone Companion?

Use Microsoft Phone Companion to Continue on PC 7

You can simply download the app from the Store. Next, connect
your Android, iOS, or Windows Phone and run the app. It’ll
automatically detect the device (provided the drivers are
installed) and show relevant details like charging status,
storage, etc.

You can backup files to your computer locally and set up
different Microsoft services on your phone.

So, this was a brief overview of the method which can help you
link your Android or iOS device to your Windows 10 PC. If
you’re running the Fall Creators Update, you can try the
feature and tell your experience in the comments.

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