With the release of Windows 10 October 2018 Update (1809), Microsoft introduced and basically replaced the Phone Companion app with the Your Phone app. Among all the features that come with it, one of the more useful ones is to make and receive calls on a Windows 10 PC.
Before We Begin …
You will need the following prerequisites before using the Your Phone app to make or receive phone calls on a Windows 10 PC.
- Windows 10 laptop
- Android phone running Android 7 or above
- Your Phone app installed on both Android and Windows 10 devices
Link PC with Android Phone
The first thing you need to do to receive Android phone calls on Windows 10 is to establish a link between them. Here’s how:
1. Download the Your Phone app from Google Play Store on your Android device.
2. Open the app on your Android phone. Sign in on the Your Phone app using your Microsoft account.
3. It will ask for necessary permissions, like access to your contacts, phone calls, media, and text messages. Also allow it to run in the background.
4. It will ask you to finish linking on your PC. Open the Your Phone app on your Windows 10 laptop. (Install it from the Microsoft Store, if you haven’t already.)
5. When you open the Your Phone app on your Windows 10 laptop, it will automatically send a notification to your phone asking you to “Allow the connection.” (This notification will pop up if your Android device and Windows 10 computer are logged in with the same Microsoft account.)
6. On your Windows 10 PC, select the type of device you are connecting to.
7. That’s it! You have now successfully linked your Android phone with your Windows 10 PC.
To make or receive phone calls from an Android phone to your Windows 10 laptop or desktop, you need to connect your phone via Bluetooth.
Connect Your Android Phone to Windows 10 PC via Bluetooth
1. On the Your Phone companion app on your PC, click on the Calls button on the left pane. On the right side, tap on the “Get Started” button.
2. You will receive a pairing notification on your Android smartphone. Allow the notification and make sure to check the box that says, “Allow access to your contacts and call history.”
3. On your PC, click Yes when asked to pair with an Android phone.
4. That’s it! You are now all set to receive Android phone calls on a Windows 10 PC or laptop.
After following the steps outlined above, you can use the dialer app or select a contact to directly place a call on your Windows 10 PC via your Android phone. If you need more features, check out this list of apps to control Windows 10 from your Android phone.
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