Phone

You can now get Galaxy Note 10’s Link to Windows feature on older devices

Samsung and Microsoft have announced an expansion of their strategic partnership at the Unpacked event last week. As part of the deal, Samsung will preload or continue to preload (depending on the market) some of the Microsoft apps on its Galaxy devices. Beginning with the Galaxy Note 10, the list of preloaded apps will include Link to Windows as well, which is basically Microsoft’s Your Phone Companion app under a different name.

From what we have seen so far, the Link to Windows feature on the Galaxy Note 10 is a glorified shortcut that hides the Your Phone app icon and offers a toggle in the Quick Settings panel to connect to your PC instantly. Currently, the app doesn’t seem to offer any extra features on the Note 10, but that could change in the future due to the partnership between Samsung and Microsoft.

Despite the lack of new features, if you prefer the Link to Windows shortcut over the current method, you can get it on many older Galaxy devices by following the below-mentioned steps:

  1. Download the ‘Your Phone Companion‘ app from the Google Play Store.
  2. Download and install the ‘Link to Windows Service’ APK from here. This will hide the Your Phone Companion app from the app drawer and add a Link to Windows shortcut in the Quick Settings panel
  3. Go to Quick Settings (swipe down from the top of your screen), tap on the 3 dots in the top-right corner and select ‘Button order.’ Select the ‘Link to Windows’ button and add it to the Quick Settings panel.
  4. Tap on the ‘Link to Windows’ toggle and follow the instructions to link your PC. This involves, among other things, logging in to your Microsoft account.
  5. Once paired and connected, give the necessary permissions to the app to access your SMS, contacts, photos, notifications, etc.

That’s it. You now have the Link to Windows feature on your older Galaxy device. While we have tested this only on the Galaxy S10 and Note 9, it should theoretically work on most recent Galaxy devices running One UI.

It is a good time to remind our readers that Samsung already has a more feature-rich Link to Windows alternative named Samsung Flow. Though the service was off to a rough start and some of its features are buggy, it is still a better solution to share files, mirror notifications, and more between your Galaxy device and a PC.

  • Model: SM-N970F
  • Dimensions: 151.0 x71.8x7.9mm
  • Display: 6.3"(160.02mm) Super AMOLED
  • CPU: Exynos 9825
  • Camera: 12 MP, CMOS F2.2 Telephoto & 12MP F1.5/F2.4 77° & 16MP F2.2 123° Ultra-wide
  • Model: SM-N975F
  • Dimensions: 162.3 x 77,2 x 7.9mm
  • Display: 6.8"(172.7mm) Super AMOLED
  • CPU: Exynos 9825
  • Camera: 12 Ultra Wide: 16MP F2.2 (123°) & Wide-angle: 12MP 2PD AF F1.5/F2.4 OIS (77°) & Telephoto: 12MP F2.1 OIS (45°) & DepthVision Camera: VGA

13 Comments

Sign in »

13
Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

locarno
locarno

What about Nougat and Oreo devices /?

Gigaset
Gigaset

LOL, Samsung has hidden with its apk standard MS companion that is available for all android devices and added toggle that starts the same app:)) Inovations! Don’t waste your time, you can do it with standalone MS companion.

locarno
locarno

Another reason to not buy Note10

HFL087
HFL087

When you install they app and they toggle, the they app hide herself. Like SD MAID PRO KEY

locarno
locarno

What is sd maid pro?

throwinrocks
throwinrocks

Download the ‘Your Phone Companion‘ app from the Google Play Store.
Download and install the ‘Link to Windows Service’ APK from here.
Why?
Why not wait until they make the app official for other phones then you don’t have to mess with APK’s. Something a lot of people know little about.

locarno
locarno

I know how to mess with apk’s

jimruns262
jimruns262

BFD, just another privacy issue asking to be hacked.

locarno
locarno

What mean bfd ?

mefistoreyon
mefistoreyon

I had those features like…Months ago? with my s9+ ? I don’t get it ? All I need is your phone for windows and your phone companion, which works for almost all android devices now.

djcbs
djcbs

” Samsung already has a more feature-rich Link to Windows alternative named Samsung Flow. Though the service was off to a rough start and some of its features are buggy, it is still a better solution to share files, mirror notifications, and more between your Galaxy device and a PC.” It actually isn’t. Samsung Flow only works via bluetooth which immediately reduces the amount of PCs you can connect the phone to, since most desktops do NOT have bluetooth built in and even on custom made PCs, it’s something few people add in. Your Phone, however, works via WiFi and… Read more »

shezkhan123
shezkhan123

everything is working fine but not receiving allow notification on the phone
anyone one help ?