How to Get Android Notifications on a Windows 10 PC

Microsoft your phone notifications
Microsoft

If you use a PC for several hours a day, you might find yourself constantly staring at your phone for notifications. Why not merge the two platforms? We are going to show you how to mirror your Android notifications to Windows 10 PC.

For this guide, we’ll be using an official Microsoft app called “Your phone. It is installed by default on your Windows 10 computer. First, make sure that your system meets the following requirements:

  • You have installed the Windows 10 April 2018 Update or later.
  • Your Android device is running Android 7.0 or later.

Then you will need to configure the Your phone application. It connects your Android phone and your Windows PC. After the initial setup process is complete, you can move on to syncing notifications. First, you need to allow the Your Phone companion app to see Android notifications.

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To do this, open the Your Phone application on your Windows 10 PC, click on the “Notifications” tab, then on “Open settings on the phone”.

open settings on the phone

Tap “Open” in the notification that appears on your Android device to sync the notification settings.

tap open from notifications

The “Access to notifications” settings will open. Look for “Your phone companion” in the list and make sure “Allow access to notifications” is turned on.

allow access to notifications for your phone

The Your Phone Companion app can now sync Android notifications with the Your Phone app on your Windows PC. There are several ways to get the most out of this feature.

Notifications are truly “synced” between devices. This means that every time you click the “X” to delete a notification from your PC, it is also deleted from your Android device.

the notifications tab of your phone

You can also use the notification quick actions that appear on Android notifications and respond directly from your PC.

notification actions of your phone

An important thing to do is to customize the notifications that you will see on your PC and their appearance. To do this, click on “Personalize” in the Notifications tab.

button for customizing notifications

The following buttons appear at the top of the “Notifications” settings:

  • “Display in the Your phone application”: This turns on notification sync and keeps it on.
  • “Show notification banners”: Notifications will appear in pop-up windows in the corner of the screen.
  • “Display the badge in the taskbar”: When your phone is open in the taskbar, you will see a numbered badge for notifications.

Note that app notification banners must be enabled in Windows to use the feature. You can click “Enable app notification banners in Windows settings” to do this.

toggle notification option

Then you can decide which Android app notifications will appear on Windows. Click on “Show all” and deactivate the ones you don’t want to see. These notifications will always appear on your Android device.

choose which apps can send notifications

Finally, you can customize the appearance of badges and banners. Click on the drop-down menu to open the badge options. You can choose to clear badges when viewing unread items, when the app is open, or when viewing a category.

badge options

In the banner section, you can choose to hide all the content of the notification, show only the sender, or show the full preview.

banner display options

That’s it! You are ready to receive your Android notifications on your Windows 10 PC. It is a huge time saver if you use your PC a lot throughout the day. It can also save your phone’s battery, as you won’t have to unlock it so often.

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