System requirements

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 devices

  • 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 Android device, use your favorite mobile apps, make and receive calls, and manage your Android device’s notifications right on your PC.

The Your Phone app requires the following to work:

  • A PC running Windows 10 May 2019 Update or later. 

  • An Android device running Android 7.0 (Nougat) or above. 

  • Your phone and PC both need to be connected to the same Wi-Fi.

We recommend always having the latest version of Windows installed to make sure you get the best experience with the Your Phone app. The app is pre-installed if you have the Windows 10 May 2019 update or later.

Note: The Your Phone app doesn't currently support multiple Android profiles or work/school accounts. 

How to link your devices

Make sure to have both your PC and Android device nearby, turned on, and connected to the same Wi-Fi. 

If you start from your PC:

  1. In the search box on the taskbar, type your phone, and then select the Your Phone app from the results.

  2. Select Android from the list of phone models.

  3. You’ll be asked to sign in to your Microsoft account. (You'll need to be signed in to the same Microsoft account on both your Android device and PC in order to link your devices.)

  4. Once you're signed in, you'll be prompted to install or open the companion app on your Android device. To do this, open a web browser on your Android device and then enter the link that's displayed on your PC (www.aka.ms/yourpc). 

    1. For Surface Duo and select Samsung devices, this link will open the Link to Windows app you have preinstalled on your device. For other Android devices, you'll be directed to your app store to download the Your Phone Companion app (companion app). 

  5. Sign in to the companion app with the same Microsoft account that you're signed in to on your PC. The app will then open to a screen that displays a QR code for you to scan — we'll come back to that in a second. 

  6. Once you've signed in, go back to your PC and select the I have the Your Phone Companion app installed on my phone check box. Then select the Pair with QR code button. 

    1. Note: If you'd like to pair your device without using a QR code, select the Pair manually button on your PC instead. On your Android device, you'll be prompted to enter the code displayed on your PC.

  7. A QR code will appear on your PC screen. On your Android device, the companion app should be open to a screen with a camera on it. Use this screen to scan the QR code that's displayed on your PC.

  8. Once your devices are linked, your Android device will prompt you with several device permissions. These permissions help you access content from your phone on your PC. 

If you start from your Android device:

  1. Open a browser on your Android device, type www.aka.ms/yourpc in the browser, and then download the Your Phone Companion app. For Surface Duo and select Samsung devices, you'll be prompted to open Link to Windows instead, which is preinstalled on your Android device.

  2. Sign in to the companion app with the same Microsoft account you're signed in to on your PC (you need to be signed in with your Microsoft account on your PC in order to link your devices even though you're starting from your phone). 

  3. After signing in, you'll be prompted to scan a QR code that's displayed on your PC. To get to it, on your PC, open a browser to www.aka.ms/linkphone. 

  4. Use the companion app's camera to scan the QR code that's displayed on your PC with your Android device to link your devices.

  5. You'll be asked for a series of device permissions to allow you to access content from your phone and on your PC. 

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

Unpinning from your taskbar

This app is designed to be experienced as part of your PC taskbar. For some users who have linked an Android device to the PC, the app may get pinned to the taskbar of your PC. To unpin the app, right-click it and then select Unpin from taskbar.

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