How to see your Android notifications on the Windows 10 desktop

How to see your Android notifications on the Windows 10 desktop

If you use your computer more often than your phone, there is a good chance that you have missed important calls and texts because of it. However, did you know that you can also receive your Android notifications on your Windows 10 PC?

Let’s explore how you can never miss a text message again.

Using the Your Phone feature in Windows 10

Fortunately, Microsoft makes it easier to see your notifications on Windows 10. Some time ago, it released the Your Phone feature for all Windows 10 computers. As such, you don’t need to install anything anymore. or to receive notifications on your PC!

To get started, click on the Start button and type in “Your phone”. Click on the result that appears.

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Head to the Your phone app page and download it.

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You can now start the linking process on both applications. They will both ask you to sign in to your Microsoft account and connect the two devices together.

Enabling notifications on your phone

Once you have connected your phone and your PC, click on “Notifications” in the left bar of the PC application.

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All notifications that will appear on your phone will appear here. You can also ignore notifications by clicking the X to the right of each one; this will also allow you to get rid of it on your phone.

To make sure you receive all the notifications you want, click “Personalize”.

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Here you can toggle how notifications work. For example, if you don’t want your phone to send pop-up notifications and get in your way while you work, turn off notification banners to turn them off. You can always leave the “taskbar badge” turned on, so if something new happens a little notification counter will update to let you know how many unread notifications you have.

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Disabling specific notifications on your phone

After using your phone for a while, you will find some annoying conflicts between your PC and your phone. For example, if you have an email client on your PC and your phone, you will receive double the notifications on your PC when an email arrives: one from your PC client and the notification from your phone through your phone. Fortunately, there is a way to tell the Your Phone app not to show specific app notifications on your phone.

To resolve this problem, click “Customize”. Next, scroll down under the notification options and click on “Choose apps that notify you.”

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From there, you can click on the applications that are spamming your PC to silence them. If you don’t see it right away, click “Show All” to see all apps.

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Stay on top of notifications

If you use your PC often throughout the day, there’s a good chance you’ve missed notifications on your phone while typing. Fortunately, with the Windows 10 Your Phone feature, you can keep up to date with all app notifications on your phone and customize them to remove redundant notifications. And if you missed a notification on your phone, you can always check the notification history to make sure nothing important is missed.

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