Microsoft's app for your Android phone can direct photos, incoming notifications, and text messages to your Windows 10 computer. The latest feature update has added something even more useful: the ability to make and receive calls on your PC without reaching your phone. The app can even let you easily transfer calls between your computer and phone in case you need to become mobile.
Getting things to configure is not difficult, although there are some requirements to note before diving into the steps below.
You need a PC (any type, desktop or laptop, x64 or ARM based) running Windows 10 version 1803 or later and all phones running Android version 7.0 or later.
Download Your Phone app on your phone and PC
To get your Android phone and PC to talk to each other, you need the app installed on both devices.
- Download it to your phone from the Google Play Store
- Download Find the Your Phone app for your PC from the Microsoft Store. (It may already be installed on your machine, so first search your list of apps.)
- Make sure you are logged in with a Microsoft account on your PC. (You can log in with the "Account" option in the Settings app.) Otherwise, you cannot proceed with the installation.
- Once the app is installed on your phone, open it and log in with your Microsoft account. Note that you must agree to allow it to access your contacts, phone call log, media and text messages and to continuously run it in the background.
Linking your phone and PC
- After you "have logged in on both devices, they are ready to talk to each other. Make sure your phone and computer are on the same Wi-Fi network and then boot up your phone. app on your PC.
- If you see a dialog asking you to choose between Android and iOS (iPhone users are currently restricted to sending web pages between devices), it means that you have not logged in with the same account on mobile and computer (or forgot to log in to one of them).
- When your phone and PC create a link, "I get a lasting message on your mobile, which will first ask you to confirm that you allow the connection of units. Hit "Allow."
- At this point, your phone should appear in the Your Phone on PC app. It will include a call icon named "Call" at the bottom of the list under the phone's name and picture. This is where you will make calls.
- But first you need to connect your phone manually via Bluetooth to your PC. Your phone app has a streamlined method of getting dialers, but it didn't work in my testing. However, manually pair the devices each time on multiple phones.
- To connect your phone (if you have not dealt with Bluetooth before), enable pairing mode on your Android phone by dragging down the message shadow on your home screen, then long press on the Bluetooth icon to open the settings. From there, you can enable Bluetooth if it is off and press "Pair new device" or any similar option that your phone lists.
- Now do the same on your PC. Click the Windows key and type "Bluetooth" to pull up "Bluetooth & other devices" settings. While there, tap "Add Bluetooth or other device" and click "Bluetooth" in the box that opens.
- Your phone and computer should now display the same PIN code. If they do, press "Connect" on both sources to verify the connection. (If you do not, then try again or check Microsoft's troubleshooting page.)
- Finally, open the dialing section of the Your Phone app on your computer and follow the instructions. It sends another message to your phone that needs approval. You will receive another notification when you request access to the call log. If you approve both of these (and no, you do not have to go through this process again) you should see your most recent calls fill in the dial screen. This is a good sign that it is working.
- Finally! You are ready to make and receive calls using the Your Phone app in Windows 10. Just make sure your headset or speakers on your computer are properly configured to work with calls, and you should be good to go.  Vox Media has affiliated partnerships. These do not affect editorial content, although Vox Media may earn commissions for products purchased through affiliate links. For more information, see our ethics policy .