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

In the latest versions of Windows 10, users can link their Windows computers and devices to their Android ones. 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 from where you left off. 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.

Open Phone in Windows 10 Settings

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

Your phone settings in Windows 10

In the next window, verify the Microsoft account that you want to use on your devices with Windows 10 and Android. If you are happy with the account listed, press Continue. If you want to use another account, click or tap "Sign in with a different account."

Confirm the Microsoft account used to Add a phone

In the next window, click or tap Link phone.

Start Link phone in Settings in Windows 10

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.

Link your Android or iPhone to this PC in Windows 10

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

SMS message with the link from Microsoft

It opens the Google Play Store on the Your Phone Companion app page. Install the app and open it.

Your Phone Companion in Google Play

Configure the Your Phone Companion app to use the same Microsoft account (or business account) as your Windows 10 PC.

The Your Phone Companion for Android

In Settings select Accounts.

Settings for Your Phone Companion

In the Manage Accounts page, make sure you have the same Microsoft account that you are using in Windows 10.

Manage Accounts in Your Phone Companion

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 may need to close and reopen Your Phone for the new device to show up.

Linked Android smartphone shown in Windows 10

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

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.

Link your phone to this PC during Windows 10 installation

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

SMS message with the link to Microsoft Launcher in Google Play

It opens the Google Play Store on the Your Phone Companion app page.. Install the app and open it.

Your Phone Companion in Google Play

Configure the app to use the same Microsoft account (or business account) as your Windows 10 PC.

The Your Phone Companion for Android

In Settings select Accounts.

Settings for Your Phone Companion

In the Manage Accounts page, make sure you have the same Microsoft account you specified earlier in Windows 10.

Manage Accounts in Your Phone Companion

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, 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."

Share photo to 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.

Select the Windows 10 PC to share from Android

Go to your Windows 10 PC, and see your content opened automatically.

Photo shared from Android opens in Windows 10

You can also share web pages and websites, emails, and so on.

NOTE: When you no longer want to use the link between Windows 10 and Android, follow this guide: How to unlink your Android smartphone from your Windows 10 PC.

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

Once the link between Windows 10 and Android is activated, you can also use Your Phone app that allows Windows 10 to access the pictures and SMS messages from Android. For the guide to use this app, read this tutorial: Use the Your Phone app for Windows 10 to view photos from Android, or send text messages. Hopefully, this link will continue to improve in future 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.