You’ll be able to view pictures and textual content messages out of your Android system straight in Home windows 10. Comply with these step-by-step directions on the way to use the Your Telephone Companion app.
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You simply took a photograph or screenshot in your Android cellphone and wish to apply it to your Home windows 10 pc; or, possibly you texted somebody in your cellphone and wish to proceed the dialog in your pc. You are able to do each courtesy of Microsoft’s Your Telephone characteristic.
By pairing your cellphone with Home windows and establishing the Your Telephone Companion app, you may view and entry latest pictures and get your textual content messages. Android 7.zero or increased is required to make use of the Your Telephone app; on the PC, Home windows 10 April 2018 Replace (Model 1803) or increased is required.
The preliminary setup course of might be tough, and for now, this works solely with Android units (sorry, iPhone customers). However as soon as the whole lot is in place, it’s best to discover this an efficient solution to seize pictures and messages out of your Android cellphone at your Home windows 10 pc.
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First, you could hyperlink your Android cellphone to Home windows 10. To do that, open Settings and click on the class for Telephone. On the Your Telephone settings display screen, click on the button to Add A Telephone (Determine A).
Verify your Microsoft account if prompted after which click on the button to Hyperlink Telephone. Kind the cellphone quantity to your Android cellphone and click on the Ship button (Determine B).
You must obtain a textual content in your cellphone with a hyperlink to put in the Your Telephone Companion app—click on that hyperlink and set up the app from Google Play. Open the app and sign up together with your Microsoft Account. Permit the Your Telephone Companion app to entry your pictures, media, and recordsdata in your system. Then Permit it to ship and think about SMS messages. Subsequent, Permit the app to make and handle cellphone calls. Lastly, Permit it to entry your contacts (Determine C).
Determine whether or not to let the app all the time run within the background. Permitting it to run within the background ensures that you can entry the most recent pictures and textual content messages in Home windows 10, however the background course of chews up extra battery life in your cellphone. To check out the method initially, I recommend you Permit the app to run within the background; you may all the time change that setting after that the characteristic works accurately.
Subsequent the app must examine your PC earlier than shifting onto the subsequent step. You must see a message in Home windows 10 prompting you to ship a notification to your cellphone—click on the Ship button. In your cellphone, faucet Permit within the notification. Your cellphone and PC at the moment are linked (Determine D).
Be certain that your cellphone has pictures or screenshots within the Google Pictures app. Within the Your Telephone app in your pc, choose the entry for Pictures after which click on the button to See Pictures (Determine E).
You must see latest pictures, screenshots, or different photos you’ve got taken in your cellphone (Microsoft limits your entry to the final 25 pictures or screenshots taken in your cellphone). As you seize further pictures and pictures, they need to routinely seem within the Your Telephone app. You can even click on the Refresh hyperlink to ensure that the most recent ones pop up (Determine F).
Subsequent, attempt viewing your newest textual content messages. Choose the entry for Messages and click on the button to See Texts (Determine G).
Your newest textual content messages ought to seem. Click on a selected message to view it. On the backside of the display screen, you may reply to the message if you want. You can even create a brand new message by clicking the New Message button on the high after which composing and sending your message (Determine H).
Troubleshooting assist for the Your Telephone app
The method does not all the time go easily—I’ve tried it quite a lot of occasions and have ran into hiccups. For instance, generally the preliminary hyperlink between your cellphone and pc might not kick in. In the event you run into any issues alongside the best way, examine Microsoft’s Assist web page on the Your Telephone app for extra info and troubleshooting steps.
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