If you’ve upgraded to Windows 10 on your PC, there’s a good chance you want all your favorite apps and features to come with. One of them is undoubtedly the functionality that allows you to use your phone directly through your newly updated computer. If you’re looking for how this works it will be explained in detail below.
Windows 10 has a compatibility feature that allows you to link your phone directly to the computer. By doing so, you are given access to some of your phone features on your PC. You can use Cortana, message other people with your default messaging app and even make calls straight through the computer. It’s all thanks to Windows 10’s Phone Companion app which is built right into the OS.
You will need :
- A PC running Windows 10 on your local network, not just accessing remotely.
- An Android phone.
- Cortana enabled in your computer’s system settings.
- The latest version of the Windows 10 Mobile app installed on your phone.
How to set up your Windows 10 PC to use your Android phone
If you go into Settings and select ‘Update and security’ on the left pane, you will see a Phone section. This is where all the magic happens. Just click on Windows Insider Program to get started.
Now simply follow the steps and wait for your computer to receive the updates from Microsoft’s servers. In this case, you will need to make sure your phone is logged in using the same Microsoft account as your computer. Remember that only Windows 10 Mobile Insider Preview builds from Build 10512 and above support connecting a mobile device.
You’ll receive a confirmation message after a successful connection between your PC and Android phone has been established. You’re now free to start using your phone directly from your computer.
How to use your Windows 10 PC to make calls with your Android phone
Now that you have successfully set up the connection, it’s time to try out the different features. In this example, we will show you how to make a call from your computer using your Android phone.
First, open up the Phone Companion app on your computer and select ‘Phone’. On the right side of the window, you will see your connected phone. If it is your first time using this feature, you may be asked to install some additional software.
Once your phone has been selected, a new window will appear with a list of features that you can use. The first option is ‘Calls’. Under this header, you will see your recent calls and contacts. To make a call, simply select the contact you want to call and hit the ‘Call’ button.
That’s all there is to it! You can now use your PC to make calls with your Android phone.