Linking your smartphone and PC is one of the better ways to increase your productivity while carrying out certain tasks. Not only does it make it easy to access files between two devices, but it also reduces the distraction that smartphones offer every time you pick them up. While there are a bunch of third-party linking apps for your smartphone and PC, the native Phone Link app on your Windows device is all you need to carry out the pairing. In this article, we show you how to connect your Windows 10 PC or laptop to your Android smartphone using Microsoft’s Phone Link app.
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Here’s how you can link your Android smartphone and Windows 10 PC
Step 1: Launch the Your Phone app on your Windows PC.
Step 2: Download and install the Link to Windows app on your Android smartphone from the Google Play Store.
Step 3: Choose whether you want to pair your smartphone manually or by using a QR code. Connecting via a QR code will be quicker.
Step 4: On your smartphone, launch the Link to Windows app and select ‘Link phone and PC’.
Step 5: Select ‘Continue’ and scan the QR code on your PC from your smartphone.
Step 6: To pair manually, tap on ‘Link manually’ on your PC and tap on ‘Try another way’ on your smartphone.
Step 7: Sign in to your Microsoft account on your smartphone.
Step 8: On your PC, click on Create PIN code.
Step 9: Enter the PIN code in the Link to Windows app on your smartphone.
Step 10: Give the necessary permission to the Link to Windows app on your smartphone and hit ‘Done’ once you’re finished.
Step 11: Click on ‘Continue’ on the Phone Link app on your PC.
Step 12: Use the sidebar on the Phone Link app to connect your smartphone and PC via Bluetooth. Once connected, you will be able to make and receive calls from your PC.
This is how you can connect your Windows 10 PC and Android smartphone using Microsoft’s Phone Link app. You will not have to rely on third-party apps like Pushbullet for PC-smartphone pairing once you start using Phone Link. With Phone Link, you can easily make calls, send texts, and browse pictures stored on your phone using your PC, but features like phone mirroring are still not available. However, your Windows PC and laptop come with a native feature to mirror your phone’s display. You can read about it here.
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