With this year’s Windows 10 Anniversary update, Microsoft has introduced a simple method to see your Android phone notifications on your PC. The new method is not reliable as some of the third-party options out there. Still, it’s extremely easy to set up. Here in this helpful tutorial, we’ll discuss how to sync Android Notifications with Windows 10. Let’s get started:
How to sync Android Notifications with Windows 10
Here’s how to sync Android notifications with Windows 10 Anniversary update:
Step 1. Navigate to the Play Store and install Cortana
The very first thing you’ve to do is to install Cortana from the Play Store. According to the app, you may also need to be a part of the Windows Insider Program to work. So, we recommend you to sign up for the program if you haven’t already.
Step 2. Grant Android permission
Once you’ve successfully installed Cortana, launch the app. Now, you’ll be prompted to grant some Android permission like location and media access.
Step 3. Log in with your Microsoft account
After you’ve successfully approved the permissions, you’ll be asked to log in with your Microsoft account. This account should be the same you use to log in to your Windows PC. (Yes! You’ll need to use a Microsoft account on your PC. That’s how Cortana syncs your notifications.)
Step 4. Navigate to the menu and tap settings
Once you’ve properly logged into Cortana and ready to use it, Jump into the menu by tapping the three lines in the top-left corner. And then tap Settings
Step 5. Turn on App notifications sync
In the settings menu, you’ll see Sync notifications option. On tapping it you’ll come across various options like Missed call notifications, Incoming message notifications, app notifications etc. Below all of them, you’ll see App notifications sync option, which is off-by-default. Turn the option On.
Step 6. Allow notification access for Cortana
You’ll see a popup stating that Cortana needs Notification Access. This allows apps to see and interact with notifications generated by other apps. Now tap Got it button. You will be directly navigated to the Notification Acess. Here, you’ll see a list of apps. Scroll down and tick the slider for Cortana. A warning will be displayed among you that this will grant Cortana access to all of your notifications. If you’re comfortable with all this, Tap Allow.
Step 7. Enable App Notification Sync back in Cortana’s settings menu
Enable App Notification Sync back in Cortana’s Settings menu. Once you’ve toggled on App Notification sync, a new menu entry will appear: Choose which apps to sync. Now you’ve to select the programs you want to allow to send app notifications. As there are many apps, you have to select carefully because you will definitely not want to be bombarded with notifications on your PC.
Once you’ve successfully selected your apps, you’re all set. Now the notifications on your phone will generate a popup on your Windows PC. There’s is also an option to reply to certain messages. But, it seems somewhat buggy. Sometimes it may work, sometimes it may not. So don’t rely on it completely.
So you’ve come across all the steps to synchronize Android notifications with Windows 10. Now it’s time for some practical. So grab an Android Device! Install Cortana! Apply above steps and enjoy your Android phone’s notifications on your PC and vice versa. Enjoy!