How to Manage Android Devices on a Windows PC with Your Phone App

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Microsoft has recently launched the “Your Phone” app which is accessible from the Microsoft Store. It allows you to control your Android phone directly from your Windows PC. You can receive text, view photographs and get push notifications. The app is quite useful, as it allows you to view your messages, alerts and latest photographs on a bigger screen.

In this tutorial we will see detailed steps of how to install and use the app to control your Android phone from a laptop or desktop PC.

Accessing the App

The app can be directly downloaded from the Microsoft Store. Once installed, you can easily access it from the search bar. Click the icon to begin the syncing process. At this time you can only sync one phone with your PC.

Find Your Phone

While the app prompts you to select “iPhone” or “Android,” right now it only works with the latter.

Phone Type Selection Your Phone App

Click “Link phone” to proceed with the syncing.

Link Phone Pc Microsoft Your Phone App

Linking Phone and PC with Your Phone App

To set up the linking, you will have to use a Microsoft account. Provide your phone number to receive an SMS.

Phone Number Link Your Phone App Android

As soon as the PC sends the text, you will be prompted to install the app on your phone and sign in with the same Microsoft account.

Install App Message Pc Your Phone App

Install Your Phone Companion App on Android Handset

The app is available on the Play Store. Download and install it for your phone.

Your Phone Companion App

You can see the SMS that was sent on the phone. Use the link to install the app on your phone.

Link Phone Pc

Once the app is installed, you will be asked to finish the installation. It will require a few phone permissions such as the ability to manage SMS, the Android Photos app and push notifications.

Finish Linking Phone Pc Your Phone App

After you agree with the permissions, you can easily link your phone with a PC.

Allow Connection Your Phone App Pc

It doesn’t take very long to sync the app with a PC. You will see a success notification on the phone.

Status Success Phone Pc Linked Your Phone App

In the last step, you will be able to see a success notification which says that your phone and PC are now linked.

Phone Pc Linked Status Success Your Phone App Mobile

Your Phone Dashboard on PC

On the PC you can see a dashboard which displays your handset. You can now view your phone’s photos, messages and notifications. You can also directly reply to your text messages using a computer keyboard.

See Your Phone

Troubleshooting Issues

In case you’re not receiving alerts, you will need to allow the syncing of notifications from phone permissions.

Sync Notifications Phone Pc Your Phone App

Make sure the various permission options in “Settings” are enabled for Your Phone app on your PC. This includes photos, text, MMS, a notification banner, and badge on the taskbar.

App Access Phone

You will need to enable notification access on the phone for the Your Phone companion app to ensure the messages are received on your PC.

Read Notifications Your Phone App Android Phone

Right now, the Your Phone app on PC supports only one phone number and Android device. Therefore, if you need to change your handset/phone number, you will have to reset the app from your PC settings. This is a rather limiting feature.

Your Phone App Settings


There are many third-party software to control your phone from a PC. However, Microsoft did not have its own official app until now, which is a bit surprising because its Remote Desktop feature is quite advanced. The Your Phone app is a novel way to manage your Android phone photos, text messages and notifications.

Have you already been using this app? What issues did you face? Please let us know in the comments.

Sayak Boral
Sayak Boral

Sayak Boral is a technology writer with over eleven years of experience working in different industries including semiconductors, IoT, enterprise IT, telecommunications OSS/BSS, and network security. He has been writing for MakeTechEasier on a wide range of technical topics including Windows, Android, Internet, Hardware Guides, Browsers, Software Tools, and Product Reviews.

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