One of the key reasons for using an iPhone with an Android device is Apple's interconnectivity. iPhones, iPads and MacOS devices are interconnected to allow a seamless transition between devices. Android lacks such a feature by default, but that's not the end of the story.
Owing to the openness of Android, third-party developers can add features that Google does not include in the standard version. One of these third-party developers is Microsoft, which has begun to bring people with Android into their ecosystem. Apple's new Your Phone Companion gives you many features of Apple Continuity, including the ability to show cell phone alerts on your PC.
- PC with Windows 1
- Android phone Running Android 7.0 Nougat or later
First, install the Microsoft app "Your Phone Companion" on your Android device. You can download the app from the Play Store.
Note: If your computer is running Windows 10 October 2018 Update or later, this app is already preinstalled, so you can skip this step.
Now open the Microsoft Store app on your Windows PC and search for "your phone". Select the app from the list and click "Install" to install it on your computer. If you have not already done so, you'll be asked to sign in to your Microsoft account (if you do not have an account, you'll need to create an account).
When you open the app, you will be prompted for a mobile number. This is not required because it sends a text message to your phone with the link to the Play Store page of the Your Phone Companion app that you already have installed.
Open the app on your phone and select "Getting Started". Choose Continue and follow the instructions to provide the required permissions.
If you're having trouble with the instructions, go to the Home screen, open the app tray, long-press the "Your Phone Companion" icon, and select one of the following options: "App Info" or the little "i" icon in the popup. On the next page, select Permissions and turn on SMS, Storage, and Contacts permissions one at a time. Now open the app again.
At the next prompt in the app, select "OK" and go to to your PC. Open your phone on the computer and a message will appear on your phone asking "Allow this phone to connect to your phone app". Select "Allow" and the phone and computer are now connected.
On your PC, in the phone app, select Notifications. Select "Getting Started," then "Open Settings on the Phone." You will receive a notification – tap the "Open" button here. Your phone will be redirected to the Notification Access menu.
Find "Your Phone Companion" in the list and enable switching. At the prompt, choose "Allow" and return to the app with the "Back" (or button) gesture. Select the Open Settings on Phone button again on your computer. The Notifications page will now update and display any notifications you receive here while the connection is in place between your phone and the computer.
Now everything is done Let me show you some of the customizations that you can make to enhance the experience optimize.
In the Your Phone app on your PC, open "Settings" and scroll to the bottom of the page to see some of the available settings options. Currently, the main option you want to play with is "Choose which apps notify you." Click the down arrow to see a list of all apps on your Android device. Uncheck this option if you do not want to see notifications from this app on your computer.
This solution works well but is not working properly. without restrictions. First, you can not access Smart Reply options, just like on your phone. Second, notifications that you want private on your lock screen are blocked even after you unlock them on your computer. Videos or pictures included in the notification will not appear on your computer, just the text.
But it's not just about the limitations. A nice feature is that a notification on the PC is automatically deleted on your phone as well. You can also respond to notifications from some apps in the Your Phone app on your computer. For example, you can respond to telegram messages.