Link an Android Phone to Windows 10

Edited by Jay

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One handy feature that came with the Windows Fall Creators Update is Continue on PC. It allows users to continue what they are doing on their mobile device (Android or iOS), over on their Windows 10 computer. With the help of the Microsoft Launcher app, users can transfer websites and images or video by simply sharing them via their mobile device.

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For instance, if you find a useful website or page while on your Android phone, you can share it right from the browser you're using, and it will instantly load on your PC. Let's face it; sometimes you find a website and the mobile version just doesn't cut it. With the Continue on PC feature you can hop on your computer without having to write down or email any links.

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The same thing goes for picture or videos. Most of us use our smartphones as our primary camera. If you'd rather not connect your device to your PC with a USB cable, you can share an image or video with Continue on PC.

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In the following tutorial, we'll walk through the steps involved in linking an Android phone to a PC running Windows 10. We'll also show how to share a website and image with the Continue on PC feature. For this article, we used a Google Pixel running Android Oreo, the Google Photos app, and Google Chrome.

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Link Android Phone to Windows 10

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    On your PC's keyboard, press the Windows key + X to launch the Quick Setting menu.
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    When the Quick Setting menu appears, click "Settings".
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    From the main Settings window, click "Phone".
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    Next, click "Add a phone".
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    Here in the Link your phone and PC window, enter your mobile phone number, starting with your country (area) code.05 Once you've entered your number, click "SEND".
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    Now on your Android phone, open your default Messaging app.
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    Open the SMS message from Microsoft and tap the link.
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    When the Microsoft Launcher app loads, tap the green "INSTALL" button.
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    Once the Launcher is installed, tap "OPEN".
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    On the Welcome screen, tap "Get started".
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    Here on the Choose your look screen, you can select a wallpaper and accent color
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    Swipe to view the available wallpapers, then click "Next" to continue.
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    You can skip this and change the look later on.
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    Next is the Permissions
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    Tap "Allow" for each one to get the most out of the Launcher.
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    On the Sign in screen, enter the email address associated with your Microsoft account, then tap "Sign in with Microsoft".
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    On the next screen, enter the password for your Microsoft account, then tap "Sign in".
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    If prompted with the following screen, enter the additional details as requested, then tap "NEXT".
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    Next is the Home screen layout page
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    You can choose to import an old home screen layout or, add a new one.
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    You can also add a backup, or skip this step and edit the home screen layout at a later time.
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    That's it
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    Tap "Let's go" to close the last setup screen.
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    Remember, you can always edit the Microsoft Launcher by visiting settings.
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    When the setup is complete, you may be asked to select the launcher wan to run on your device
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    For our example, we continued to use the Pixel Launcher.
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Send a Website to your Computer with Continue on PC

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    On your Android Phone, open up your preferred web browser
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    For our example, we used Chrome.
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    When you find a website/webpage that you want to send to your computer, tap the three-dot menu in the upper right corner, then tap "Share".
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    When the Share via options pop-up, tap "Continue on PC".
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    In the next pop-up, tap the PC you want to share the website with.
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    You can also select "Continue later"
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    This will send a notification to your PC so you can open the website/page at a later time.
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    Because we opted to send the website right away, it immediately opened up on our PC.
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Send a Photo to your Computer with Continue on PC

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    Open the Google Photos app.
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    Navigate to the image or video you want to send to your PC, then tap the share icon
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    You can select multiple images or video if you have more than one.
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    When the share options appear, tap "Continue on PC".
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    You have the option to share a link or as an album
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    With a link only you can add images, with an album other can also add.
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    When the Choose a PC to open this now box pops-up, tap the Windows 10 PC you linked to your Android phone
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    You can also tap "Continue later" and receive a notification on your PC.
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    If you chose to open this now, your browser will launch with the image(s)/video(s) you just shared from your Android Phone.
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