Using Surface with your Android phone

Applies to: Surface DevicesWindows 10Surface

Surface and Android phones work great with each other. When you use them together, you can get to your photos, documents, music, email, reminders, and more no matter which device you’re on.

Get photos from your Android on your Surface

When you take pictures on your Android, the OneDrive app can automatically upload backup copies. After that, you can see your pictures on your Surface, too.

Play music on your Surface and Android

Play music from your favorite music services on your Surface and Android so you never miss a beat. On your Surface, download the music app you want to use from the Microsoft Store. On your Android, download the corresponding music app from the Google Play Store. Here are a few music services you can use on both devices:

If you have music on your Surface that you want to play on your Android, upload backups of your MP3s to OneDrive from your Surface, and then play them on your Android using Microsoft’s OneDrive app. Here’s how:

Get to your Office documents from your Surface and Android

With Microsoft Office apps on both your Surface and Android phone, you can get to your documents no matter which device you’re on when you save them to OneDrive. This comes in handy for those times when you’re working on a document on your Surface and want to read it on your phone and make a change or two.

To get Microsoft Office apps on your Android (along with other Microsoft apps for Android), download the Microsoft Apps app from Google Play. After that, select Install next to Microsoft Word, Microsoft PowerPoint, or Microsoft Excel to install the Office apps on your phone.

Start browsing the web on your phone, continue on your Surface

Get more out of your Android and Surface by linking them together. After you link them, you can start doing things on your phone and continue on your Surface. For example, browse to a web page in Microsoft Edge or another web browser on your Android, and then send it to your Surface to continue reading it there.

Web page open on Android and Surface Pro

Open a document on your PC using Microsoft Launcher

Get email on your phone and Surface

Set up email on your phone and Surface, so you can get it no matter which device you’re on. On your Surface, just sign in to your email using the Mail app that’s built into Windows 10. On your phone, download and install Microsoft Outlook from Google Play.

To get started on your Surface, type Mail in the search box on the taskbar, and then select it from the list of results. After that, select Add account and follow the instructions to set up an email account.

On your Android, after you’ve downloaded and installed Microsoft Outlook, open it on your Android, select Get Started, type the same email address that you did on your Surface, and then follow the steps to set up your email account.

Stay organized with Cortana on your Android phone and Surface

With Cortana on your Surface and the Cortana app on your phone, you can stay on top of things by getting reminders, appointments, alarms, and much more. For example, you can add a reminder on your Surface to pick up some things from a store, and it will appear on your phone when you’re at that store.

Download the Cortana app from Google Play

One more thing to help keep your Surface more secure when you’re away

To help keep your Surface more secure when you walk away from it, you can have it lock automatically by using Dynamic lock in Windows 10. After you pair your Android phone to your Surface using Bluetooth, turn on Dynamic lock on your Surface by going to Settings  > Accounts  > Sign-in options , and then selecting the check box under Dynamic lock. When you walk away from your Surface with your Android in hand, your Surface will be locked automatically about a minute or so after you’re out of Bluetooth range.

For more info about Dynamic lock and how to set it up, see Lock your Windows 10 PC automatically when you step away from it on the Windows website.

Related links

OneDrive on your PC

Use OneDrive for Android