Microsoft’s Your Phone app often receives a healthy update with useful features in Windows 10. Although it works with iPhone and Android smartphones, the latter platform benefits from a larger set of features. Meanwhile, Apple prefers to be strict with iOS to protect user privacy.
On Android, the Your Phone app lets you use some basic features of your phone without touching it. Among all these features, making and receiving calls is very useful, especially if you spend a lot of time working on a Windows PC.
That said, in order to make and receive calls from your Windows 10 PC, you must meet certain conditions. Read on to find out what they are.
What is needed to make and receive phone calls on Windows 10
You will need a PC and an Android phone with the following specifications for the calling feature to work:
Your PC or laptop must be running Windows 10 May 2019 build – Windows version 1903 or higher. Second, Bluetooth connectivity on Windows 10 and your Android should be present. Additionally, you will need an Android phone running Android 7.0 or later.
Once you have determined what is required, you can move on with the configuration part. Relax, it’s not that hard. Read on as we show you how.
How to link your PC to an Android phone
The first thing to do is to link your Android device to your PC using the Your Phone app. Here’s how to do it.
Step 1: On your Android device, download Your Phone Assistant from the Google Play Store and sign in with your Microsoft account.
2nd step: Now the app will ask you for some necessary permissions like access to your contacts, phone calls, media and text messages. After authorizing them, tap Continue. Also, for the app to work flawlessly, you need to allow it to run in the background.
Step 3: Now on your PC, press the Windows key and type your phone, and press Enter. If the Your Phone app is not preinstalled on your PC, you can download it from the Microsoft Store.
Step 4: In the Your Phone app, sign in with your Microsoft account. Use the same Microsoft account on your PC and your Android device to link the two devices.
Step 5: Select the device type like Android and click Continue.
Now your Android device and your PC are linked to each other. And you’ll be able to perform basic functions like viewing photos, reading notifications, sending text messages, and more.
To note: If you’re having trouble connecting your device to the Your Phone app, see our guide on how to fix Your Phone app that isn’t working in Windows 10.
But since your phone handles calls via Bluetooth, you need to establish a Bluetooth connection between your PC and your Android device to make and receive calls.
Connect your Android device to PC via Bluetooth
Step 1: In the Your Phone app on your PC, click Calls on your left, then click the Start button on your right. Then click on Configure.
2nd step: You will receive a pairing notification on your phone. Click Allow, then check the box next to “ Allow access to your contacts and call history ” and tap Associate.
Step 3: On your PC, click Yes when prompted to pair the device on your PC.
Congratulations, you are ready to make and receive calls from your PC. You can use the dialer app or search directly from contacts to start calling.
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Bonus: add multiple devices
Have multiple devices? Microsoft has you covered. Initially available only to Insiders, Microsoft recently made this feature which makes adding multiple devices available to all users.
To add another device, follow these simple steps mentioned below.
Step 1: In the Your Phone on PC app, click the Settings option in the left pane. Then click on My devices.
2nd step: Under My devices on your right, select the ‘+’ icon, and it will ask you for the type of device (Andriod or iPhone you want to add. From there, you can follow the same steps mentioned earlier to add another apparatus.
It will be ok. Now you can seamlessly switch between multiple devices and enjoy the utilities of the Your Phone app without hassle.
In addition to calling capability, your phone allows you to send and receive text messages, view notifications, sync photos, and more. And that’s not it. Microsoft plans to add a screen mirroring feature in the near future. The feature is already available to Windows Insiders. What functionality would you like to see next in the Your Phone app?
Last updated on April 21, 2021
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