With all the different devices each person owns, it can get hard to keep track of everything, as well as sync all of your files for accessibility.
However, if you own an Android phone and a Windows PC, this actually isn’t a problem!
Through the Link To Windows and Phone Link applications, Microsoft has made syncing more accessible than ever.
Read on to find out all of the steps you need to follow to pair your Android phone to your Windows PC!
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Can You Pair Your Android Phone to a Windows PC?
Yes, you can actually pair your Android phone to a Windows PC!
This is done through the Link To Windows mobile application you can find on certain Android phones.
The Link To Windows mobile application then connects to the Link To Windows application on your Windows PC.
The Link To Windows application should be pre-installed on your Windows PC, since it comes as part of the main features in the Windows software.
Once you pair through the Link To Windows and Phone Link applications on your phone and Windows PC respectively, you should be able to sync everything.
However, not all Android phones will have full functionality when it comes to pairing with a Windows PC.
Currently, only Surface Duo and Samsung Galaxy mobile devices have full functionality when pairing with a Windows PC.
Most other Android mobile devices can still pair to a Windows PC using the Link To Windows application, but, as of this writing, they only have access to some pairing features, not all of them.
Which Android Phones Are Supported by the Link To Windows Application?
Now you’re probably wondering, which Android phones are supported by the Link to Windows application?
If so, there’s no need to worry!
Microsoft has compiled a list of all the supported devices for the Link To Windows mobile application, which you can check out here.
The list is divided into four different categories.
The first is the list of supported devices that have the Link To Windows mobile application pre-installed. In general, these are Samsung, Surface Duo, and HONOR devices with version 9.0 or later of Android software.
Please note that, if your device doesn’t have the Link To Windows application pre-installed, that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s not supported.
The second is the list of devices that support the syncing of your Android phone’s screen to your Windows PC.
The third is the list of devices that support the syncing of applications across your Android phone and Windows PC.
The fourth is the list of devices that support RCS messaging through the pairing software. However, this also depends on your mobile operator network and what country you are in.
Another option is to install an iOS Emulators For Android on your phone, and then use an app from the Apple App store to pair the devices.
What If Your Phone Doesn’t Have the Link To Windows Application Pre-Installed?
First, check what version of Android software your phone has. If it’s running Android 7.0 or newer versions, you should be able to install the Link To Windows mobile application.
In the past, Microsoft had special shortened links that you could use to quickly find the Link To Windows application, which used to be known as the Your Phone application.
However, as of now, they do not work consistently.
But don’t worry!
Simply search “Link To Windows” in the Google Play Store or click on this link here, and you should then be able to install the application.
How Do You Pair Your Android Phone to Your Windows PC?
To pair your Android phone to your Windows PC, you first have to set up the Phone Link program on your PC. Then, you have to set up the Link To Windows application on your phone.
We’ll be breaking this into two separate sections to make things easier to follow.
How Do You Set Up the Phone Link Application on Your Windows PC?
To pair your Android phone and your Windows PC, you’ll first have to set up the Phone Link application.
To set up the Phone Link application on your Windows PC, you can follow these easy steps:
- Make sure your phone and PC are both connected to the same WiFi.
- Search “Phone Link” in the Windows search bar.
- Open the Phone Link application.
- Click Get Started.
- Sign in with your Microsoft account and click Continue.
You will now see a QR code on the screen of your PC. You will need to scan this with your phone to pair through the Link To Windows application.
How Do You Set Up the Link To Windows Application on Your Android Phone?
Assuming you have the Link To Windows application already installed on your phone, you can now pair your Android phone to your Windows PC.
To set up the Link To Windows application on your Android phone, you can follow these simple steps:
- Open the Link to Windows application.
- Click Link Your Phone and PC.
- Click Continue.
- You will now have several options:
- Grant the necessary permissions and settings, and click Done.
You should now see a message that confirms the pairing is complete!
What Can You Do Once Your Android Phone and Windows PC Are Paired?
Once you’ve paired your Android phone and Windows PC, you’ll be able to do a number of things, depending on how many functions are supported by your phone.
If your phone is fully supported, you will be able to sync files, pictures, videos, contacts, messages, calls, notifications, and even some applications. If cannot find your files, we have a guide on how to find your saved items on Android phones.
You will also be able to mirror your phone’s screen, which is extremely handy.
Through the Phone Link application on your Windows PC and the Link To Windows application on your Android phone, pairing the two devices should be incredibly easy.
We hope this article helped you!