Give and take calls on your PC with these simple steps

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Mobile phones allow you to make and receive calls quickly. However, what if, you need to charge your phone or left it somewhere in your home a few meters away from you while you are doing something in your Windows 10 PC. Have you ever wished to make and receive calls on your PC? If this is your wish for a long time, then it’s finally granted.

The Your Phone app for Android from Microsoft can route text messages, incoming notifications, and photos to your Windows 10 PC. But it is the app’s latest feature update that’s getting a lot of attention lately from many Android users. Now, Microsoft Your Phone app for Android offers you the ability to give and take calls on your PC without the need to reach for your phone. The app can even let you smoothly transfer calls between your PC and phone in case you need to talk to the other line via mobile.

Getting things set up requires several steps, but it is relatively easy. Just make sure you have a PC that is x64 or ARM-based, running at least on Windows 10 version 1803 and any phone running at least on Android version 7.0.

Download the Your Phone app both on your phone and PC

You need the app to install in both devices for them to communicate with each other.

  • On your phone, go to the Google Play Store and download the app.
  • On your PC, download the app from the Microsoft Store. The app is pre-installed in some machines, so search your list of apps first.
  • Make sure that you have a Microsoft account and have signed in your account on your PC. You can use the “Account” option in the Settings app to sign in. This is important to proceed with the setup.
  • After installing the app on your phone, open it and sign in with your Microsoft account. Give the app all the permissions that it needs, including access to your text messages, media, phone call log, contacts, and to continuously run it in the background.

Link your phone and PC

They are ready to communicate with each other after you signed in on both devices. Make sure your PC and phone are on the same Wi-Fi network. After that, you need to boot the Your Phone app on your PC.

  • If you haven’t signed in with the same account on PC and mobile, or perhaps you didn’t log in on one of them, you see a dialog box asking you to select between Android and iOS.
  • You’ll receive a persistent notification on your mobile once your PC and phone establish a link. You’ll be asked to verify about allowing the connection of devices to happen. Hit “Allow.”
  • Your phone will show up in the Your Phone app on PC at this point. You’ll see a dialer icon at the bottom of the list beneath the name and image of your phone labeled “Calls.” This is where you are going to make calls.
  • The Your Phone app has a streamlined method for getting dialer access. If it does not work on your end, there’s a workaround for that. Manually connect your phone via Bluetooth to your PC. Problem solved!
  • If, for some reason, you haven’t dealt with Bluetooth before, pull down the notification shade on your home screen. You’ll find a Bluetooth icon that you need to long-press to access the Bluetooth settings. From there, enable your Bluetooth.
  • Do the same on your PC. Tap or click the Windows key and type “Bluetooth” to access the “Bluetooth & other devices” settings. Then tap or click, “Add Bluetooth or other devices.” You’ll see a box that opens up. Tap “Bluetooth.”
  • By this time, you see the same PIN on your PC and phone. Tap “Connect” on both devices to authenticate the connection.
  • On your PC, open the dialer section in the Your Phone app and follow the instructions. Another notification will be sent to your phone that asks approval. Another notification will be sent to you when you request access to the call log. If you allow both access, you should see your recent calls on the dialer screen. You don’t have to go to this process again once successful.

Now, you can make and receive calls with Your Phone app on Windows 10. Just ensure that your speakers or headset on your PC are configured to work with calls.