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How to show Android smartphone notifications on Windows 10?

In order to read your smartphone notifications directly from your PC, you used to have to rely on third-party services when synchronization was not officially supported by either Microsoft or Google. Now, the Redmond giant has decided that it is time to find a solution to the problem and has presented its native fix for Windows 10.

Smartphone and PC requirements

First, you will need a PC with a Windows 10 version after 1803 (Insider 19H1, 18885) and an Android smartphone with Android Nougat 7.0 or later and at least 1GB of RAM.

You will then have to download these two applications:

Your phone: Microsoft Store, Windows

Your Phone Companion: Google Play Store, Android

How to receive Android notifications on Windows 10 PCs

Well, if you’ve met all the requirements for this guide, we’re ready to go.

First, you need to open the Your Phone Companion application on your smartphone and log in to your Microsoft account. You will also be asked to accept the app’s request for access to your smartphone’s internal storage and to the phone app.

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The initial setup will guide you through each step. / © NextPit

Once you have done this, open the application Your phone on the PC you want to use and log in with the same Microsoft profile you previously used. The Android application will show you when it is time to configure Windows.

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The Android app will tell you when it’s time to get your hands on your PC. / © NextPit

After opening the dedicated application on your PC, you will receive a notification on your Android smartphone. Tapping it will confirm the association between the two devices.

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Easy and fast. / © NextPit

From here you can read and reply to SMS messages, check the gallery and quickly transfer photos from your phone to your PC. You can also synchronize smartphone notifications in the Windows 10 side panel. This function is useful for all those applications that do not yet have a counterpart on a PC such as Snapchat, for example.

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You can access the gallery, manage SMS and view all incoming notifications on your smartphone without having to take it out of your pocket. You can delete notifications one by one or all in groups but unfortunately, you cannot yet interact with these notifications for example by responding to a WhatsApp message.

Microsoft shows on its blog how the function looks. / © Microsoft

Bonus: Android to Windows 10 screen sharing


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