System requirements and set up for the Your Phone app

Gjelder: Windows 10

The Your Phone experience starts on your PC with Windows 10 and the Your Phone app. From your PC you can connect to select Android and Samsung devices with these two apps:

  • Your Phone Companion (YPC) app for most Android phones
  • Link to Windows (LTW) app preinstalled on selected Samsung phones

You’ll see these names combined as “Your Phone Companion – Link to Windows” in the Google Play Store and in the Galaxy Store. In the Microsoft Store, you’ll see “Your Phone.” This link between your device and PC gives you instant access to everything you love. Read and reply to text messages with ease, view recent photos from your phone, use your favorite mobile apps, and manage your phone’s notifications right on your PC.

The Your Phone app requires the following to work:

  • A PC running Windows 10 April 2018 Update or later
  • A phone running Android 7.0 (Nougat) or above

You'll find the Your Phone app preinstalled if you have the Windows 10 October 2018 Update. We’ll guide you through a few extra steps you'll need to finish setting things up.

On your PC:

  1. In the search box on the taskbar, search for your phone and select the Your Phone app from the results.
  2. You’ll be asked to sign into your Microsoft Account. You'll need to sign in to the same Microsoft account on your phone and PC to link your devices. 
  3. Enter your mobile number when prompted. This will send a text message to your Android phone.

On your Android phone:

  1. Open the text message. It contains a link to download the Your Phone Companion app.
  2. Install Your Phone Companion and open the app.
  3. Follow the guided set up process. If prompted to sign into the Your Phone Companion app, be sure to use the same Microsoft Account you’re using on your PC.

If you encounter issues installing the app, troubleshoot them here. 

This app is designed to be experienced as part of your PC taskbar. For some users who have linked their phones to the PC, the app may get pinned to the taskbar of your PC. You can always unpin the app by right-clicking on it and selecting Unpin from taskbar.