It’s Easy to Make Phone Calls From Windows 10 Computers Using an Android Phone
If you have an Android phone and a Windows 10® desktop or laptop you can make phone calls from your computer. You can also browse photos and messages on your Android device from your PC. This article discusses how to make phone calls from Windows 10 computers. The content includes:
Set Up Your Phone App and Link Your Android Phone to Your Windows 10 Computer
To make phone calls from Windows 10 it all starts with the Windows 10 “Your Phone App”. Follow these steps to set up the Windows 10 Phone App:
- From the Microsoft Store find and install the “Your Phone App”. If it’s already installed click the Launch button. Once launched, click on the type of phone you have, and click continue. Sign in with your Microsoft Account.
- Download and install Your Phone Companion from the Google Play Store on your Android phone. If your device is not compatible with the app, you’ll find out in this step. Sign in to your Microsoft account. You will need to grant the necessary permissions when prompted.
- After all the permissions have been granted on the companion app you now finish set up from your Windows app. Navigate to the calls tab, and click on “Get started”. A dialog box will pop-up with a pin. There will also be a pop-up on your phone with the same pin. Make sure the pins match, click “Yes” on your computer, and tap “Pair” on your phone.
- Now, finish up by granting any required permissions for phone log and other access.
There are more things you can do with Windows 10 “Your Phone App” than just make and receive phone calls. In a later section within this article, there is a more detailed discussion. However, to take full advantage of Windows 10 “Your Phone App” certain requirements should be satisfied.
How to Receive and Make Android Phone Calls on Windows 10
At this point, you should be able to receive and make phone calls from Windows 10. Your Android device only needs Android version 7.0 for phone call capabilities via your Windows 10 computer. Android version 9.0 is required for other features like setting up apps inside Windows 10 “Your Phone App”.
On your PC
- Open the “Your Phone App”, and then select Calls.
- Then, select Get started.
- Now, follow the instructions on your Windows 10 computer.
On your Android device
- When pop-up displays prompting you to connect, tap Allow. You now should be connected for calls.
How to Use Your Windows 10 Computer to Browse Your Android Phone Photos and Text Messages
Yes, you can do more than make phone calls from Windows 10 using the “Your Phone App”. You can view your text messages and photos that are on your Android device from Windows 10. Not only can you view your texts from your Pc but you can reply to them from your PC. Earlier, you allowed permissions to be granted to the companion app.
At his point, you can open the “Your Phone App” on your Windows computer. You can click on photos, then you will be able to view recent photos in your google photo app.
Similar to viewing photos, your text messages can be viewed by clicking on Messages on the left side of the “Your Phone App”. You can then click on See texts. Your latest text messages should be visible. You will also have the option of replying to messages, and creating new messages to send.
Set Up Apps Within Your Windows Phone App
You can access the Android apps that you have installed on your phone by using “Your Phone Apps”. You can do more than make phone calls from Windows 10. Basically, you can use the functionalities of your Android device while enjoying your large computer screen and computer keyboard. Following are the recommended system and set up requirements:
Recommended system requirements
- A computer running Windows 10 (with May 2019 update, or later). To verify if you have it, or to get it, on your computer go to Settings > Updates & Security > Check for update.
- An Android device that is running on Android 9.0 or higher. Here’s a list of supported devices. The best advice is to verify the Android version and follow the steps below.
- Both your computer and your Android device need to be connected via the same Wi-Fi network.
- Verify you have the latest version of Windows Your Phone App (ver. 1.20082.141.0 or higher).
Note: For tips and tricks, and troubleshooting resources refer to the Microsoft Help Page.
Although this feature is only supported on certain devices it is handy for running apps on your Android device side-by-side with your Windows 10 apps. Hint: phones like Samsung offerings that have “Link to Windows” application built-in are all compatible.
Take a Sneak Peek at New Features of Android 11
Android version 11 was released in the fall of 2020. Samsung began using in some of their Galaxy devices shortly after that. Samsung’s latest phones are getting new features, exciting the most avid users. We know that major Android updates always take longer than we would like to rollout.
Although some of changes in the Android 11 release are subtle, the new operating system will change the way we use our phones. The biggest thing for me is the quick-controls page that makes it a breeze to control all my smart-home devices.
Top 5 favorite features of Android 11 operating system
- Put Google Assistant on Hold For You — Even if you use speaker-phone or ear-buds while you’re on hold it’s still a pain. There’s always something better to do than listen to that on-hold music playing over and over again. Now, you can have Google Assistant hold for you and notify you when someone is on the line.
- The New Quick-controls Screen — When you hold down the power button the new quick-controls screen comes up. The screen will give power control options. The best thing about it is that it gives you the ability to control all your smart-home devices quickly and easily. The screen is easily customized.
- Prioritized Message Notifications — Sort your own messages as you see fit. Decide which ones should be prioritized in your notifications. You can also use the contact’s avatar as the notification display.
- Messaging Bubbles for Conversations — Once you get used to using messaging bubbles you’ll find the feature very convenient. Bubbles allow you to open a conversation without leaving another app that you may be using. Not all messaging apps take advantage of this feature, it’s up to the app developer to update their messaging app.
- New Media Controls — As part of the quick settings panel, it’s a small box that offers basic music controls. The new media controls are much improved.
Note: Google has also made changes to the way Android 11 handles privacy settings that you should know about. Learn more.
Updated 01/19/2021 by Kirby Allen