Samsung’s “Link to Windows” feature is a lot like Microsoft’s Your Phone app. It lets you sync your Galaxy Note 10-series phone to your PC via its Quick Settings menu. Once connected, you can access your messaging apps, notifications, photos, and other phone functions directly from your Windows desktop.
The only requirement for Link to Windows is that you have a brand-new Galaxy Note 10 device, but the feature actually also works well on any Galaxy device using Samsung’s proprietary One UI, including the Galaxy S9 and S8 smartphones, as well as as the Galaxy Note 8 and 9.
We’ll show you how to get this feature running on your older Samsung device (if you don’t want to just install Your Phone), but one word of warning: Do not attempt to install Samsung’s Link to Windows app on a non-Samsung device.
Big warning: Don't install the Link to Windows Service from Samsung on non-Samsung phones. It'll install. It'll probably work. DON'T ADD IT TO THE QS TILES. pic.twitter.com/1QiJgbFjUB
— Max Weinbach (@mweinbachXDA) August 15, 2019
How to Install ‘Link to Windows’
On your Galaxy device, download Your Phone Companion from the Google Play Store.
Next, sideload the Link to Windows Service app from APK Mirror. To do so, download the APK file on your phone and open it up. Tap to accept installation from unknown sources when prompted, then wait for the install to complete.
Once Link to Windows Service is installed, swipe down on your Galaxy phone’s screen to open the Quick Settings.
In the Quick Setting menu, tap on the three stacked dots in the top-right corner, then tap “Button order.”
Tap “Link to Windows button” and add it to the Quick Settings panel.
Back in the Quick Settings menu, tap “Link to Windows.”
Follow the on-screen instructions to link your phone to your PC. You’ll need a Microsoft account to complete this step. You’ll also need to grant all the permissions the app asks for in order for the feature to work properly.
If everything has gone smoothly, you should see a highlighted PC icon in your phone’s Quick Settings when it’s connected to your PC. You can now check phone notifications on your PC and use many of your phone’s basic features without having to leave your desktop or laptop. You haven’t gained any special features you didn’t already have from the Your Phone app, but the implementation is prettier.