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The launch of Galaxy Note 10 and Note 10 Plus saw Microsoft announcing the several new features for Windows users. Of the features that Microsoft announced at the event, ‘Link to Windows’ was perhaps the biggest. The feature was branded as a Note 10/Note 10 Plus exclusive.
It turns out that the ‘Link to Windows’ works smoothly on other Samsung devices too, thanks to the open-source nature of Android.
For those unaware, the ‘Link to Windows’ does pretty much similar things to what you can do with Your Phone Companion app. With the ‘Link to Windows’ feature, you’ll be able to access your recent photos, text messages, notifications, and mobile apps right on your PC. Microsoft also promised that it will add the ability to make and receive mobile calls directly from your PC to the feature list.
Unfortunately, you cannot try Microsoft’s new feature on the Note 10/Note 10 Plus as the smartphones are yet to ship. But you have other Samsung smartphones you can try the new feature by following the below steps.
- Download the ‘Your Phone Companion’ app from the Google Play Store.
- Install the ‘Link To Windows’ service from this link.
- The ‘Your Phone Companion’ app should have now disappeared from the app drawer but if you check on the Google Play Store, it will still show as installed but there won’t be an ‘Open’ button.
- Swipe down from the top of your screen to open the expanded control centre and tap on the 3 dots in the top right and then tap ‘Button order’.
- There should now be a ‘Link To Windows’ button there. Add that to your control centre and tap on it.
- It will ask you to login to your Microsoft account. Do this and follow all of the instructions.
- You will also need to login to the ‘Your Phone’ app on your Windows 10 computer which is pre-installed or can be download from the Microsoft Store.
- Your S10 and Windows 10 computer should now be paired. You will be asked to give permissions to the app so that it can access your texts, contacts, photos, notifications, etc.
Note, you’ll at least Android 7 to install the above feature on your Samsung smartphone. If you’re running an older version, update your smartphone to Android 7 or newer then proceed with the above steps.