Microsoft wants your PC and phone to work well together, even if you have an iPhone or Android phone. In the Fall Creators Update, new “Continue on PC” features allow you to quickly send links from your phone to your computer.
This is just the start of Microsoft’s phone-to-PC integration plans. They showed off some fascinating Timeline features that may arrive next update, but the Timeline isn’t here yet.
How to Install the App
To get started, open the Settings app on your PC and click the “Phone” icon.
If you don’t see the Phone option in Settings, your PC hasn’t been upgraded to the Fall Creators Update yet.
Click the “Add a phone” link here. Once you’ve installed the app and used it, your connected phone will appear here below “Add a phone”.
You’ll be prompted to enter your mobile phone number. Microsoft will text you a download link. If your cell phone plan charges you to receive a text, you may pay a fee to receive the message.
You’ll receive a text message with a link to download the app on your PC. Depending on whether you have an iPhone or Android phone, this link will open in either Apple’s App Store or the Google Play Store. Install the app on your phone.
On an iPhone, Microsoft will point you to the Continue on PC app.
On an Android phone, the link will point you to the Microsoft Launcher app.
After you install the Microsoft Launcher, Android will prompt you to choose your launcher when you press the Home button. You can continue using your current launcher and you don’t have to switch to the Microsoft Launcher if you don’t want to. This feature will function even if the Microsoft Launcher isn’t your default launcher.
How to Use “Continue on This PC”
Once you have the app installed, you can share a link using the share menu.
On an iPhone, tap the “Share” button in the Safari browser or any other app with a Share button. Scroll to the right in the top row of icons and tap the “More” button.
Scroll down in the list of available app activities and enable the “Continue to PC” option. You can also drag it up or down…
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