Android Apps on Windows 11 Finally!!!!
It seems like people have been trying to get Android apps running on WindowsPCs for a decade. (Oh wait, it has been a decade.) Microsoft has long hadtrouble attracting app developers to Windows despite developing tools forAndroid and iOS devs to port their apps to Windows.However, in the past few years, Microsoft changed its strategy by making movesto bring your phone experiences to your PC. The company’s Your Phone app, forinstance, lets you pair your Android device with a Windows 10 PC so you cansend and read texts, make and receive calls, see your photos and getnotifications.Toward the end of last year, Microsoft started rolling out an update to YourPhone that allows you to run Android apps from your phone on your Windows 10computer. The feature developed from a relationship with Samsung and,consequently, it only works with Samsung devices currently.
Control your Android smartphone from your PC
To control your Android smartphone from your Windows PC, follow these steps: 1. Launch the Your Phone app on your computer. 2. Select Android when asked what type of device you’re using. 3. On your smartphone, head to the Google Play Store and install the Your Phone application. 4. Once the app is installed, head back to your PC and select Yes, finished installing Your Phone Companion. 5. When prompted, select Open QR code. 6. With a QR code displaying on your computer, head back to your phone and select Link your phone and PC (see also: what are QR codes?). 7. Use your phone’s camera to scan the QR code on your computer – this will pair the devices together.Your phone and your computer should now be partnered up. You’ll know rightaway if the app is working because you’ll see a picture of your phone in thetop-left corner, along with details about your battery life.The Notifications tab will mirror alerts that appear on your phone. Forexample, if the calendar app on your phone reminds you of an upcoming meeting,you’ll see the same alert pop up on your computer. From Settings, you candecide how much information is shown in your notifications. In a sharedoffice, for example, you might prefer to have sensitive information from yournotifications hidden before you click them.You can send text messages and look through your inbox using the Messages tab.Meanwhile, the Photos tab will let you browse your image library – you caneven drag photos from your phone on to your desktop, saving you the trouble ofemailing them to yourself.Last but not least is the Calls tab. If your computer has a Bluetoothconnection, you can use this tab to make phone calls through your mobile. Allthe contacts you have saved on your mobile are accessible through the YourPhone app on desktop. During a call, you can use your PC’s speakers and built-in microphone.
Control your iPhone from your PC
As mentioned earlier, the Your Phone app is fairly limited on iPhone for now.But if you want a quick way of sharing website links between your smartphoneand your PC, here’s how to get the job done: 1. Open the Microsoft Your Phone app on your computer. 2. Select iPhone when asked what type of device you’re using. 3. On your iPhone, go to www.aka.ms/yourpc and install Microsoft Edge. 4. Once Edge is installed, head to your PC and select Yes, finished installing Microsoft Edge. 5. Click Continue. 6. From your iPhone, tap the profile picture icon in the top-left corner and sign in to your email account.If you’ve done everything correctly, you’ll see a message that reads: ‘YouriPhone is linked. You can use Microsoft Edge to browse the web on your iPhoneand send webpages to your PC to finish reading on a larger screen.’
How to Pair Android and Windows 10 Devices
If you need a free-to-use, cheap, easy, and affordable way to share data,Bluetooth comes in handy. If you don’t have a USB cable, but you wish totransfer files via Bluetooth, here’s how it’s done: 1. From your Android device, go to Settings, then click Bluetooth. 2. Turn the Bluetooth On. 3. Check to ensure that your Android device is discoverable via Bluetooth, or else you might not be able to find the device. 4. From Windows 10, click the Start button then go to Windows Settings and open Devices. 5. From here, find and click on Bluetooth & other devices. 6. Click add Bluetooth or other device and turn it on. 7. In your Android device, you should be able to see a list of devices. Click on the Windows 10 PC device you wish to pair with and select the Pair button next to it. 8. Your smartphone and computer will display a passcode. Check to make sure that these codes match in both the devices. 9. Tap Yes on your computer and OK on Android. Else, select Cancel or No, respectively. 10. The devices must be paired together. Choose to send or receive files via Bluetooth from the Windows 10 machine. 11. In your Android device, select Receive files to receive files or Send data to send them.
How to Send Files from Windows 10 to Android
Pairing is the very first step when sending files. Even in wired connections,the first step is always pairing. This is usually where most people have themost problems with Bluetooth. It’s usually caused by interference with anotherBluetooth device, a weak signal range, or incompatibility between devices.But in this case, let’s be optimistic and assume you have paired successfully!Sending or receiving files should be easy if the following steps are followed. 1. Click Send Files from Windows 10. 2. A list of devices will be shown, click on where you want to send your files, then select Next. 3. Select Browse, then navigate to the folder holding the files you want to share. 4. If you wish to send multiple files, hold the control key Ctrl and select the desired data. 5. Once you have the desired file(s) selected, tap on the Open button shown. 6. The file(s) will show in the Filenames field, click Next. 7. From the Android, a pop-up message will show up on the screen with the options of either accepting or canceling the transfer. Click Accept. 8. Bluetooth only works if the devices are at a close range of typically less than 10m up to 100m, depending on the Bluetooth version.
How to Fix Bluetooth Problems on Android
Sometimes our devices might fail to connect via Bluetooth. It is one of thegreat technological pains in everyday life. Not that much of a tragedy, butstill, quite the annoyance. Here’s a quick fix that resolves most Bluetoothconnectivity issues. 1. Turn Bluetooth Off and then On again. 2. If that doesn’t work, restart both devices. 3. Check thoroughly to see that your devices are paired and connected. 4. Make sure that the two devices are close enough to each other because the range might be an issue. 5. Move away from a Wi-Fi router if there’s one nearby. Devices using the same spectrum could be an obstacle because this causes connection interference. 6. Download Bluetooth drivers. Drivers allow your computer to communicate with specific hardware or a device. Hence, if you are having a problem pairing these two devices, your computer may be missing the Bluetooth drivers. 7. Clear the Bluetooth cache (in Android). Apps sometimes interfere with Bluetooth operations. Clearing cache can solve this problem. To perform this operation, open Settings>System>Advanced>Reset Options>Reset Wi-Fi, mobile & Bluetooth.If you still have issues pairing your device, contact your device’smanufacturer.
Solution 1: Toggle the Bluetooth Connection
If the Bluetooth connection could not be established or you fail to pair twodevices, then the first and most basic troubleshooting step is to toggle theBluetooth connection. Pull down the notification shade of your phone and lookfor the Bluetooth icon. Switch Off the Bluetooth connection, wait for 10seconds, and switch it On once again. Now try to check if the phone can pairwith the Bluetooth device or not.
Why won’t my Bluetooth turn on?
Sometimes, the Bluetooth will not switch on. It is suggested that you rebootyour phone and try to switch on the Bluetooth in times like these. While theproblem is generally fixed with a reboot, if it appears again, considerdeleting the cache and data of Bluetooth and restarting the device to correctthe problem.
What to do when my Bluetooth doesn’t connect to my car?
If you find that the Bluetooth cannot pair with the car, then make sure thatthe car kit is fine by connecting a different device. Now you must understandthat Bluetooth protocols and standards are revised very often. New protocolsare added, and you have one of the latest smartphones, but your car’sBluetooth kit is old, then there may be compatibility problems between thetwo.If you started facing the problem after a recent update of your phone’sfirmware, then you may want to check if your car’s Bluetooth kit is stillcompatible or not.If it is, then try to delete the cache partition of the phone and connectagain. To do so, follow these steps: * Switch off your phone * Press and hold the Power button and the Volume Up and Home button together * Once the Android icon appears on the screen, release the Power button but continue to hold the other two until you see the recovery-mode screen. * Once the phone has the recovery menu, release all the buttons and use the volume key to navigate the option that says ‘Wipe Cache Partition. * Use the Power key to confirm your selection.Your device will confirm that the cache partition has been wiped, and it willreturn to the same screen. Now use the Volume button to highlight the optionto reboot the device and press the power key to confirm the reboot.Once the device reboots, try connecting again to check if the problem issolved.All these solutions will work to fix any Android phone or tablet that won’tconnect or pair with Bluetooth, including Samsung S5, Samsung S6, and S6 Edge,LG G3, LG G4, Nexus 5, Nexus 6, HTC One, HTC One M7, HTC One M8, etc. If youcontinue facing the problem even after trying all these solutions, contact themanufacturer, the store, or carrier. For phones that are under warranty, themanufacturer may also be able to replace the phone.You may also read: How to copy and paste text on AndroidHow to Connect Desktop Keyboard to Android DeviceTouch typing might be fun, but your options are still a bit limited ascompared to typing on a physical keyboard – the one we use with PC. But wait,how about if you can connect your desktop keyboard with your smartphone ortablet?Yes, you can connect a full-size physical keyboard to your Android device andin this post, I will show you 3 different ways how to do just that. Let’scheck it out.
How to Connect your Android phone to your PC using WiFi
If you wish to transfer messages, music and other files between your Androidphone and your PC, the first step is to connect your device and your computer.You can use either a WiFi or USB connection to perform this file transferusing Droid Transfer installed on your PC.
Solution 1: Restart Android Phone/Windows 10 Computer
Sometimes the best solution is the most obvious one. Many software and evenhardware related issues can be easily fixed with this simple refresh. And someusers have reported that after restarting their Android device or computer,they finally managed to solve the problem that their Android device was notdetected by Windows 10. So it doesn’t hurt to try.
Connect Your Android Device to PC via Bluetooth
Step 1: In the Your Phone app on your PC, click on Calls on your left, andthen click on Get Started button on your right. Then, click on Set up.Step 2: You’ll receive a pairing notification on your phone. Click on Allowand then check the box that says ‘Allow access to your contacts and callhistory’ and hit Pair.Step 3: On your PC, click on Yes when asked to pair the device on your PC.Congratulations, you’re all set to make and receive calls from your PC. Youcan either use the dialer app or search directly from the contacts to startcalling.”