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Windows 10 can now show you notifications as they hit your Android phone

Published Jul 3rd, 2019 9:03PM EDT
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If you’re rocking a Windows 10 PC and an Android phone, your life is about to get a lot better when it comes to staying on top of your notifications. That’s because your computer will soon mirror your phone’s notifications, which means you won’t have to keep picking it up to check texts and apps. The feature is part of the existing Your Phone app, which exists to bring the Android phone experience straight to Windows 10.

This isn’t the first time we’ve heard about the feature, as Microsoft demoed it about a year ago. Plus, in addition to showing notifications, Your Phone will also let you interact with your Android handset directly.

All you have to do to see Android notifications inside Windows 10 is update the Your Phone app. Assuming you’ve already synced your Windows and Android devices, it should just work. However, Your Phone doesn’t let you interact with those notifications — at least not in the stable version of Windows 10. That feature is coming soon, as it’s already in beta over on the Insider version of Windows 10.

What’s interesting about Your Phone is that, a few days ago, a report said that the app would be preloaded on the Galaxy Note 10 phone when it launches next month. That report mentioned that Note 10 users would only have the ability to send and receives text messages on a Windows 10 PC, as well as preview photos on the phone — features that are already available in the current version of Your Phone.

Considering the notifications support update that Microsoft just announced, it’s safe to assume that notifications on Note 10 phones will also be mirrored to Windows 10 computers.

Chris Smith Senior Writer

Chris Smith has been covering consumer electronics ever since the iPhone revolutionized the industry in 2008. When he’s not writing about the most recent tech news for BGR, he brings his entertainment expertise to Marvel’s Cinematic Universe and other blockbuster franchises.

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