After leaving the mobile market, Microsoft has redirected its efforts to better integrate its services with Android. Thanks to a partnership with Samsung, Windows integration is even better if you have a Galaxy phone.
Select Samsung devices can now be mirrored on a Windows 10 computer and interact with your mouse and keyboard. This means that instead of having to look at your phone to check notifications, you can manage everything from your computer, along with all other windows. It keeps everything in sight and makes it easier to write longer messages thanks to the computer keyboard.
- Windows PC with Windows October 10, 2018 Update or Newer
- Galaxy Note 10, Note 10+, Fold, S10, S10 +, S10e, A30s, A50s or A90 running One UI 1.0 (Android 9 ) or newer
As a result of that partnership between Microsoft and Samsung, an app called "Your Phone" will now be pre-installed on all Galaxy phones running One UI 1.0 (Android 9 ) or higher. There are three ways to open the app, depending on which OS version is on your phone.
First, you can simply open the app from your app drawer. However, if you are using One UI 2 (Android 10) or later, your Phone app is not in the app drawer. Instead, you can open it from Quick Settings or Settings.
To find it in Quick Settings (QS), swipe down twice from the top of the screen and then tap on the three vertical points in the upper right corner. Select "Button Order", then press and drag the "Link to Windows" tab at the top of the page (you will probably swipe left to scroll to the end of the menu) to the bottom page that is your current selection of QS tags. Once added, select tiles to open your Phone app and start the process of linking your phone to your computer.
To access the app in the phone's main settings menu, select "Advanced Features." You will see a switch next to "Link to Windows", select it to open your phone app to start the process of linking your phone to your computer.
With the Your Phone app open, select "Log in with Microsoft" at the bottom of the page and follow the on-screen instructions to log in to the same Microsoft account that you use on your Windows PC. Once you have entered your username and password, select "Continue" and select "Allow" for the requested permissions. These permissions include "Contacts", "Phone calls", "Storage" and "SMS."