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10 ways Android and Windows 10 can work well together

If you regularly use a Windows 10 PC and an Android phone or tablet, you can install several Android apps that can seamlessly link the flow of information between them. For example, you can start a sticky note on your phone and end it later on your Windows 10 PC, or you can get the same warning for an appointment on both devices.

The following Windows 10 friendly Android apps are all from Microsoft – and are all free. To get the type of interoperability described above, you must be signed in to each of the apps on your Android device using the same Microsoft online account that you used to sign in to your Windows 10 computer.

1. Cortana: Sync reminders between your Windows PC and your Android device

The Cortana app With Android, you can create reminders that sync with your Windows 10 PC and send notifications to it. To set a reminder in the Cortana app for Android, tap the three-dot icon in the top right corner of the app’s main screen, tap Reminders, tap “Remember me …” on the next screen, and enter a name for your reminder on the right from the circle symbol.

You can then tap Set Time to set the time when you want to receive a notification for this reminder. You can also enter a destination (by tapping “Set Location”) that will trigger the notification when you physically arrive at that location on your phone, or add a picture to the reminder (“Add Photo”).

Reminders set in the Cortana Android app (left) are displayed on your Windows 10 PC, including in the Start menu (right).

Once set, this reminder is synchronized with your Windows 10 PC. For example, if you have fixed the calendar app as a live tile in the start menu, the reminder will be displayed on the tile of the calendar app. When you click the time / date icon in the notification area of ​​Windows 10, the reminder appears in a page area under a calendar.

And yes, it works the other way round: You can set reminders on your Windows 10 PC (either via the calendar app or Cortana), which are displayed on your Android device via the Cortana app.

2. OneDrive: Access files on your Windows 10 PC with your Android device

You probably already know that Windows 10 comes with Microsoft’s OneDrive cloud storage service built deep into the operating system. It is displayed as a folder in File Explorer. By dragging documents, images, or other file types, they are automatically uploaded to the cloud.

The OneDrive Android app This option allows you to view documents or images stored in your OneDrive folder. (If you tap an image or PDF file in your OneDrive cloud folder, the OneDrive app loads it in its own viewer. If you tap a document such as a plain text file or a Word document , the document will be downloaded to your Android device and the standard app that will display this document format will load it.)

You can also set the OneDrive app to automatically upload photos and videos you take with your Android device’s camera to your OneDrive folder. You can then access these photos and videos on your Windows 10 PC.

android win10 02 onedriveWith the OneDrive Android app, you can access documents and images in your OneDrive cloud storage (left). You can also let the app automatically upload photos and videos from your Android device to your OneDrive cloud storage (right).

To enable automatic upload from the camera (or make sure it’s already activated): In the Android app, tap the Me icon at the bottom right of the main screen, tap Settings, and on the next screen tap Camera Upload “. There are also options to upload over Wi-Fi only, upload only while the Android device is connected to charge the battery, and include or exclude videos from automatic uploads.

3. Outlook: Sync calendar events between your Windows 10 PC and your Android device

Obviously it is Outlook Android app is primarily intended for access to your emails via Microsoft services such as Exchange, Office 365 or (It can also be used with your Gmail or Yahoo Mail account.) However, the Outlook app also has a calendar tool that syncs with the Calendar app on your Windows 10 PC. With this app you can enter appointments and reminders of tasks on days and times that you select. Both your Android device and your Windows 10 PC will send you notifications when the event deadlines are approaching.

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Events that you create in Outlook on your Android device (left) are displayed in the calendar app on your Windows 10 PC (right).

You can access this calendar tool in the Android app by tapping the third icon at the bottom of the main screen. (It looks like a page from a daily calendar that shows the current date.) Then tap a day that you want to mark with an event reminder (by scrolling vertically through a list of dates under part of the calendar above) scroll the screen).

Then tap the “+” button at the bottom right of the screen. On the next screen to set a new event, select the time, enter a location for the event, and determine how far in advance you will receive the notification. You can also add the people from your contact list who want to receive notifications about the event.

As with setting reminders with the Cortana app, this works in reverse. If you set appointments or events in the calendar app on your Windows 10 PC, you will receive notifications on the Android app via the Outlook app.

4. OneNote: Sync notes from your Android device to your Windows 10 PC

A Windows app version of OneNote is included in Windows 10 OneNote Android app On your mobile device, you can take notes on the go, which you can later edit more thoroughly on your Windows 10 PC.

With the Android app, you can create notes or checklists by entering text using the touchscreen keyboard of your Android device, handwriting with a digital pen, or voice input. You can use your finger or a digital pen to draw doodles on your notes and add photos to a note with your Android device’s camera.

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In the OneNote Android app, draw on your notes with a finger or a digital pen.

5. Your phone companion: manage notifications, pictures and text messages from your Android phone and make voice calls on Windows 10

You can receive notifications and text messages that your Android phone will automatically be forwarded to your Windows 10 PC and access your phone’s photos from your PC. First install the Your telephone companion App on your Android phone. Start the app and log in with the same Microsoft user account that you used to log in to your Windows 10 PC.

Start the Your Phone app on your PC. By clicking the Photos button on the navigation toolbar on the left, you can view the photos and screenshots stored on your Android phone. You can save an image on your PC by right-clicking on the thumbnail.

Click Messages or Notifications in the navigation bar to read the incoming text messages or notifications on your phone. You can reply to text messages or enter new text messages directly in the Your Phone app on your PC. The messages are forwarded to your Android phone for sending. If a notification is an incoming message from a messaging app on your phone, you can reply to the sender in the same way.

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With the Your Phone app on your Windows 10 PC, you can view notifications and reply to text messages that your Android phone receives.

Click the Settings icon in the lower left corner of your phone’s app to select the apps on your Android phone to which you want to send notifications on your Windows 10 PC. Scroll down to Notifications in the main window and click “Choose which apps to notify you”. A list of all the apps on your Android phone that can send notifications will scroll down. You can click the switch on any app name to prevent notifications from being forwarded to your Windows 10 PC.

Finally, you can make a voice call by clicking on the bottom button in the navigation bar “Calls”. For this function, which is currently in beta phase, your phone and your PC must be connected via a Bluetooth connection so that the “Your phone” app can forward your voice call to your phone.

6.Microsoft Launcher: Access your Windows 10 timeline from your Android device

In Windows 10, Timeline is a record that lists various things you did on your PC, e.g. B. Opening documents and visiting websites. Click the Task View button on the taskbar to view this extensive history, organized by date. You can use the timeline to find and access a document or image you’ve worked on, or a webpage you’ve visited. (For more information on using the timeline, see “5 hidden Windows 10 features you should use.”)

You can access your Windows 10 timeline from your Android phone by installing that Microsoft Launcher app thereon. Log in to the app with your Microsoft user account and set Microsoft Launcher as the default start screen for your smartphone. Then swipe left from the home screen to the first screen.

Tap the Timeline icon on the bottom toolbar. A list of the websites you recently visited on your Windows 10 devices is displayed. Tap an item to open that web page in your phone’s web browser. If you have Office apps (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) installed on your phone, you can also use the timeline to open recently used documents in these apps. When you open a document in an Office app on the phone, the document appears in the timeline of a Windows 10 PC that’s signed in to the same user account.

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The Microsoft Launcher app allows you to access your web browser history from your Android phone on your Windows 10 PC.

7. Office lens: Synchronize “scans” recorded with your Android device with your Windows 10 PC

That is clever Office Lens app from Microsoft is not specifically linked to Windows 10, but integrated into OneDrive. It is used to capture documents that can contain business cards and receipts with the camera of your Android device. (Microsoft likes to say that you scan such items, probably because you are capturing text, but you only have to take a photo.) You can also use the app to take pictures of drawings, handwriting, or text on blackboards and whiteboards, or characters.

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When you take a picture with Office Lens (left), the app automatically aligns, cleans, and crops the picture before saving it to OneDrive (right).

Office Lens automatically aligns, cleans, and crops the captured image, and can convert it to editable text and graphics in OneNote, PowerPoint, or Word format, or keep it formatted as PDF. The captured document image is automatically uploaded to your OneDrive folder (which of course you can then access on your Windows 10 PC).

Note: The OneDrive app for Android also includes a tool that you can use to capture documents. However, there is no way to change your phone’s camera resolution to get higher or lower picture quality.

8. Microsoft Launcher or OneNote: Access, create, edit and manage your sticky notes from your Android device

On Windows 10, you can use the sticky note app to quickly create notes and task lists. There is no official sticky note app for mobile devices. Instead, you can use Microsoft Launcher or the OneNote app to access and create, edit, or delete your sticky notes.

To use the Microsoft Launcher, install it and set it as your smartphone’s default home screen. Swipe left to the first home screen and tap the look icon at the bottom left of the screen. On the main screen, scroll through the information cards until you see your sticky notes.

In OneNote, there is a sticky note icon in the bottom right corner of the main screen. Tap to see a list of your notes.

Notes that you create, edit or delete using one of the Android apps are synchronized with the Sticky Notes app on your Windows 10 PC.

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You can use either Microsoft Launcher or the OneNote app for Android to access and manage your sticky notes created on your Windows 10 PC.

9. Microsoft Edge: Sync your browsing history between your phone and Windows 10

Once you’ve logged in with your Microsoft user account, the Android version of the Microsoft web browser Edge will synchronize your bookmarks, history and other data from Edge on your Windows 10 PC. But why should you use Edge at all – especially if you mainly use Chrome to surf your PC?

First, it can be helpful to keep an alternate browser on your phone as a backup in case you encounter a problem with the Android version of Chrome. If you’re already using Windows 10 in sync with your Android phone, Edge is a natural backup option.

Second, when viewing a website on your Android phone with Edge, you can redirect that page directly to your Windows 10 PC and continue reading in Edge on your PC. To do this, in Edge for Android, tap the middle icon at the bottom of the app. A list of your Windows 10 PCs will appear. Tap the page you want to redirect the webpage to. The Edge browser then automatically starts and loads the website you have forwarded on this PC.

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With the Android version of Microsoft’s Browser Edge, you can forward a website directly to your Windows 10 PC and continue to view it in the Windows 10 version of Edge.

10. Microsoft Solitaire Collection: Play the classic Windows card game synchronously on your Windows 10 PC and Android device

The classic Microsoft Solitaire game was restarted for Windows 10 as a Windows app that contains five card games: Klondike, Spider, FreeCell, TriPeaks and Pyramid. You can connect the app to Microsoft’s online gaming service, Xbox Live, to achieve success, compete with other players, and share video clips of your gaming sessions.

Microsoft has released one Android version of the Microsoft Solitaire Collection that has all these functions. You can even start a game with this app, end the game and continue it later on your Windows 10 PC. Your game data and progress are saved and synced to the cloud via Xbox Live.

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Thanks to Xbox Live Sync, you can start a solitaire game on your Android phone and end it later on your Windows 10 PC.

About Nikola Dodson

She is a Chicago blogger and tech enthusiast.

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