Con­nect your phone to Win­dows 10

Con­nect­ing your smart­phone to a Win­dows 10 PC lets you freely move be­tween the de­vices. MARTYN CASSERLY ex­plains how

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Win­dows Phone might now be con­signed to the re­cy­cle bin of his­tory, but An­droid and iPhone users can still con­nect their de­vices to a Win­dows 10 PC. Do­ing so means you can take ad­van­tage of ex­tra fea­tures such as send­ing ar­ti­cles you find on the web straight to your lap­top. It’s easy to set up and get go­ing in only a few min­utes. Here’s how.

Us­ing Set­tings on your PC

When Win­dows 10 first launched there was a ‘Phone Com­pan­ion’ app that was used to con­nect your smart­phone. This is due to be re­tired very soon, pos­si­bly by the time you read this, so in­stead there’s now a new sec­tion in the Set­tings menu.

To get started, tap the Win­dows key on your PC, then ei­ther type in Set­tings or click on the lit­tle cog icon in the bot­tom left of the screen.

You should find the Phone op­tion on the top line be­tween De­vices and Net­work & In­ter­net. Click on it to be­gin. On the next screen you’ll see a sec­tion en­ti­tled ‘Your phone’ in which there is a but­ton marked Add a phone. Click on this and another win­dow will ap­pear, ask­ing you to en­ter your phone num­ber. Do so, then click the Send but­ton. A text mes­sage will ar­rive on your phone, con­tain­ing a link to down­load Mi­crosoft Edge (sneaky move, there, Mi­crosoft).

Although you may con­sider this an un­der­hand way of trick­ing you into in­stalling Mi­crosoft’s browser on your phone, you do need to do this in or­der to use the fea­tures we’ll de­scribe be­low.

Tap­ping on the link should take you to your phone’s app store, so in­stall the app and you’ll be ready to move onto the next step.

When Mi­crosoft Edge is in­stalled, launch the app and sign in with your Mi­crosoft ac­count. You’ll be given the op­tion to sync your pass­words. You can ei­ther choose to do this now, or later on if you pre­fer, but if you leave it then you won’t be able to share in­for­ma­tion across de­vices if it re­quires the afore­men­tioned pass­word.

Should you opt to sync pass­words you’ll need to ver­ify your Mi­crosoft ac­count by en­ter­ing your ac­count de­tails. With this done there’s just the fi­nal de­ci­sion to make, which is whether to share your brows­ing his­tory with Mi­crosoft? Again this can be done at a later stage, and to be hon­est is only re­ally use­ful if you in­tend to make use of Cor­tana.

You’ll now be pre­sented with the Edge browser’s search page. Here you can be­gin to look for some­thing that in­ter­ests you, say that won­der­ful retro-movie, com­edy pod­cast ev­ery­one’s been talk­ing about (yes, we can do sneaky links, too).

Nav­i­gate to the page you want to share, then at the bot­tom of the screen you’ll an icon of a ver­ti­cal rec­tan­gle with an ar­row stick­ing out of its right side. If you can’t see this just scroll the screen up or down a lit­tle and it should ap­pear.

Tap on the icon, then your phone will search for any linked PCs nearby. Choose your one from the list, tap its name, then the web page will au­to­mat­i­cally open in the Edge browser on your PC.

Us­ing Con­tinue on PC app

If you don’t want to re­place your browser with Mi­crosoft Edge, then there is an al­ter­na­tive. Search in the Google Play Store or App Store for the Con­tinue on PC app by Mi­crosoft. In­stall this, en­ter your Mi­crosoft ac­count de­tails, then you’ll be able to send web pages from your browser of choice, us­ing the nor­mal Share op­tion.

On iOS you’ll need to scroll to the far right of the Share op­tions un­til you see the More but­ton. Tap this, scroll down un­til you find Con­tinue on PC, then tog­gle it on. Now it will ap­pear in the Share menu au­to­mat­i­cally when­ever it is opened.

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