Microsoft has offered an official link between Android phones and Windows 10 for several years, and now the service has been updated as desktop devices move to Windows 11.
The Your Phone app now has a new name – Phone Link – and brings a whole new interface that shows notifications ahead of time. Microsoft also announced that the service will be available in China, following a partnership with Honor that will bring support for select devices from the now independent smartphone brand.
Windows 11 now makes it easier for smartphones to connect by scanning a QR code, which automatically starts downloading the pairing app to the phone; until now, you had to download it manually through the Microsoft store. The app itself has also received a new name – it’s now Link to Windows, instead of Your Phone Companion.
The new Microsoft operating system brought several design improvements, and Phone Link followed suit. There are more controls for the color scheme, and the whole app looks and feels more Windows 11-esque.
Phone Link has always offered basic connectivity between Android and Windows, unless the phone is a Samsung or Surface Duo for obvious reasons. The partnership with Honor will make it easier to launch phone apps and PC navigation for the Honor Magic V foldable, Magic4, Magic4 Pro, Magic4 Ultimate and their predecessors Magic3, Magic3 Pro, Magic3 Pro+.