Microsoft app lets you pair your Android phone with Windows


To bridge the age-old gap between Android and Windows, Microsoft now has an app called Your Phone, aimed at connecting your Android smartphone or tablet to your Windows 10 computer. — dpa

When it comes to sending files between devices, there are any number of ways you can share what's on your phone. Things are a bit trickier when you want to access your phone from Windows, however.

To bridge the age-old gap between Android and Windows, Microsoft now has an app called Your Phone, aimed at connecting your Android smartphone or tablet to your Windows 10 computer.

It allows you to do things such as transferring photos and videos between devices or typing text messages on your computer.

To do so, you need to have the appropriate app installed on your smartphone, namely "Your Phone Companion – Link to Windows."

Depending on the smartphone model, other features are available, such as being able to mirror smartphone apps on your computer's screen and use them using the keyboard, mouse or touchscreen on your computer. You can also make and receive phone calls on your PC.

A prerequisite is that you have a Windows 10 PC running the Windows 10 May 2019 update.

While direct smartphone-to-PC connections via cable are less popular and somewhat more cumbersome, they remain a reliable alternative in many cases and are often faster at transferring large files. – dpa

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