Answer calls from your Android phone on PC with Microsoft's Your Phone

Windows 7 will be retired in January 2020

Windows 10 1909 update will push notification and UI updates alongside support for ARM devices

This feature, like the additional handset support mentioned above, is now only available to members of the Windows 10 Insider Preview program. Microsoft says that Insiders on 19H1 builds or newer will be able to download the updated app in a few days.

Non-insiders, unfortunately, will have to wait before they can try this new functionality out. Previously, Your Phone was available to just a handful of devices: several Galaxy models, including the Fold; OnePlus and Pixel devices, and that's about it.

Microsoft is back with yet another round of Patch Tuesday Updates. You now have the option to tap into your computer's speakers, microphone, or the larger screen if you prefer to have a "richer calling experience". You can even initiate calls from your PC using either the in-app dialer (number pad) or your exported contacts list.

While the feature hasn't rolled out for all users, you can prepare for it by downloading the Your Phone app from the Google Play Store on your Android phone (running on Android 7.0 Nougat or higher versions). If you are unable to take a call, you can decline it with a text message or forward it to your phone's voicemail.

The notifications will also contain a link that will redirect you to the specific app the notification is coming from. Now users can answer and make phone calls through Windows 10 without even picking up their phone.

Since this is a pre-release build, it's likely to have bugs. The company warns, "In certain instances, Calls feature may require you to pair your mobile phone and PC again".

For certain CPUs, battery life will reportedly be better as well; while updates to the Windows Defender Credential Guard support for ARM64 devices will be a benefit to business systems.

Although these instructions are one way to get early access to the final version of Windows 10, consider that the updates available in the Release Preview ring can cause issues during and after the upgrade.

Microsoft's recently announced Surface Duo device, which will be released next year, will run Android.

Latest News