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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.

How do I enable accessibility features with Link to Windows?

Apps and phone screen support accessibility features like screen reading and focus tracking.

On your PC:

  1. In Phone Link, select Apps or Phone screen (depending on which Android device you have).
    Phone Link won't be able to configure accessibility with your PC correctly if you're not running the app first. The accessibility service requires you to initiate an apps or phone screen session before you can enable the service.

  2. Once you open an app or phone screen, the application will recognize that TalkBack is enabled and prompt you to enable our service. This allows the Link to Windows  accessibility service to connect to your Android device.

You can also enable the service manually using the following steps.

On your Android device:

  1. Open Settings.

  2. Select Accessibility.

  3. Select Installed services.

  4. Select Link to Windows and turn the switch On. Tap OK to accept service permissions.

Once the Link to Windows accessibility service is enabled, spoken Narrator feedback will play through your speakers or headphones plugged into your PC. You can navigate through your Android screen on your PC by using your keyboard and mouse.

Navigating while Link to Windows accessibility service is enabled

When the Link to Windows service is enabled, you will navigate on your PC in phone screen with the keyboard using default Android accessibility keys.

Here is a list of the basic navigation shortcuts:

  • To move to the next item, hold Alt + Right arrow.

  • To move to the previous item, hold Alt + Left arrow.

  • To move to the item above, hold Alt + Up arrow.

  • To move to the item below, hold Alt + Down arrow.

  • To select an item in focus or to click a focused element, hold Alt + Enter.

View the full list of Android TalkBack navigation keys

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