Note: We’ve changed the name of the Your Phone app to Microsoft Phone Link. In addition, the Your Phone Companion app for Android is now called Link to Windows. For more information, see Introducing Microsoft Phone Link and Link to Windows.

With the Phone Link app, you can view and manage your Android device notifications on your PC. If you're setting up notifications for the first time, here's how:

On your PC:

  1. Open the Phone Link app and select Notifications.

  2. Select Get started.

  3. After being prompted to allow Android permissions, select Open settings for me. This will open a list of apps on your Android device.

On your Android device:

  1. Find Link to Windows in the list and select it.

  2. Select Allow on the pop-up that appears on your device.

You can also always turn notifications on or off in the Phone Link app settings. Go to Settings > Features > Notifications to customize your notification settings. 

If you encounter issues while setting up notifications, our troubleshooting tips may help. 

Setting up audio controls within Phone Link for your Android device

The Phone Link app allows you to listen to and interact with your favorite audio player apps directly inside the Phone Link menu pane. Audio controls are available for Phone Link app version 1.20041.75.0 or later, and we recommend making sure your version of Link to Windows is up to date. 

On your Android device: 

  • For any audio app on your device that you want to control from the Phone Link app, make sure the individual app’s notifications are turned on.  To do this, go to Settings Notifications > Select the audio app and turn Show notifications toggle On.

On your PC: 

  1. In the Phone Link app, go to Settings.

  2. Under Personalization, turn the toggle On for Show audio currently playing from my phone

    Note: You will need to have Notifications set up to access this toggle. If you have not yet done so, make sure to set up Notifications in the app.

  3. Once this toggle is on, you can start playing any of your favorite audio app from your Android device, and you will see the audio player show up in the Phone Link menu area. 

  4. From this player, you can select Previous, Play/Pause, and Next track. 

  5. If you would like to listen to audio from a different source, you can start playing that from your Android device and it will automatically switch in the Phone Link player. Use the dropdown to switch between two or more sources of audio as much as you’d like directly from the app. 

    Note: Some third-party apps aren't compatible and won't show up in the Phone Link app. If you have an audio app that isn't showing in Phone Link, please share it with us in the Feedback Hub app on your PC.  

    Tip: Audio will play from Android device or any speakers connected to it, not from the PC. Some audio apps are unsupported.

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