How to link your Windows 10 PC with your Android smartphone (or tablet)

Did you know that in recent versions, Windows 10 helps users link their Windows 10 computers and devices, to their Android ones? For example, you can link your Windows 10 laptop, with your smartphone with Android, including the latest Samsung Galaxy S9. After making this link, it is easy to send pictures from your smartphone to your PC, or to send links and web pages between devices, so that you can continue reading them. After you link the devices, it is effortless to send stuff between Windows and Android. Here is how to link your Windows 10 computers with your Android devices:

What you need to be able to link Windows 10 with Android devices:

For the linking process to work, you need the following:

  • A PC with Windows 10, where you use a Microsoft account (or a business account), but not a local account
  • A device with Android that has a SIM card and a phone number which can receive text messages. This procedure works well with both Android smartphones and tablets, as long as you have an active SIM on them.
  • You need to use the same Microsoft account (or business account) on your Android device as in Windows 10
  • An active internet connection on the Windows 10 and Android devices that you want to link

One important thing to note is that the linking works even for users who are in countries where Cortana is not available. This feature used to be tied to Cortana when it was first launched. This is no longer the case.

How to link your Windows 10 PC to your Android smartphone or tablet

If Windows 10 is already installed on your computer or device, first open the Settings app. Then, click or tap Phone.

You see the section named “Your phone.” Click or tap the “Add a phone” button.

You are shown a window named Microsoft account, where you are asked to enter your phone number. Select the country code that is appropriate for the phone number of your Android device, enter the phone number and press Send.

Go to your Android smartphone or tablet. You should receive a text message with a link, from Microsoft. Tap on that link.

It opens the Google Play Store on the Microsoft Launcher app page. Install the app and open it.

Configure the Microsoft Launcher app to use the same Microsoft account (or business account) as your Windows 10 PC. After that is done, go to Windows 10, close the window named Microsoft account, and you should see your Android phone or tablet as linked, in the Settings window. If your Android device shows up, then the link was successful.

You can close Settings and share content between Windows 10 and Android.

How to link your PC to your Android device, when you install Windows 10

When you install Windows 10 or when you upgrade to the latest version of Windows 10, during the personalization stage, you are asked to link your phone and PC. When you see the screen below, choose the country where you reside, enter your phone number, and press Send.

You receive a text message from Microsoft on your Android smartphone or tablet, with a link at the end. Tap on this link.

It opens Google Play to the Microsoft Launcher app. Install the app, open it, and make sure to configure the Microsoft Launcher so that it uses the same Microsoft account (or business account) as your Windows 10 PC. Go back to the Windows 10 setup and press Next, to resume your installation or upgrade.

How to share stuff from your Android device to Windows 10

After you link your devices between them, you can start sharing almost anything from your Android smartphone or tablet, to your Windows 10 PC. For example, you can share pictures from Google Photos, and in the Share menu, choose “Continue on PC.”

Choose how you want to send your photos, and then select the PC where you want to send them, by tapping on its name.

Go to your Windows 10 PC, and see your content opened automatically. You can also share web pages and websites, emails, and so on.

Did you link your Android smartphone (or tablet) to your Windows 10 PC?

One downside to this feature is that you can share items only one way: from Android to Windows 10. You cannot send items from Windows 10 back to Android. Hopefully, this will be added in future major updates for Windows 10. Until then, see how it works and share your experience with us. Do you find this link useful? How well does it work for you? Comment below and let’s discuss.