Since Microsoft launched Windows Phone, they have worked with Android to take advantage of the growing mobile device market. This technology giant has uploaded more than 80 applications to the Play Store to be downloaded by any Android user, but some features are hoarded by Samsung itself.
Most of the Windows Android integration can be found in your Phone application. Previously installed on Windows 10, this application allows you to view notifications, photos and more from your computer. Messaging is limited to most Android phones, but with the Galaxy S20, you can send and receive any message from your computer.
- PC running Windows 10 Update October 10 2018 or newer
- Samsung Galaxy S20, S20 +, or S20 Ultra
1. Connect your Galaxy S20 to your computer
With a PC running October 2018 Update or newer, you already have your Phone application on your computer. The same applies to your Galaxy S20, which has your Friends Mobile application installed when you take it out of the box.
With your Galaxy S20 on the same network as your computer, swipe down twice from the top of your screen to fully expand the Quick Settings menu. Tap the “Link to Windows” tile here – you might need to swipe left or right to find it on the second or third tile page. From there, tap “Link your mobile and PC.”
Now, select “Log in with Microsoft” and log in with the Microsoft account credentials that you use on your Windows PC. When the permission request appears, select “Allow” in each.
On your computer, open your Phone application from the Start menu. The application will try to find and connect with your mobile. When that happens, a prompt will appear asking you to connect to your computer; press “Allow.” If everything is done correctly, your Galaxy S20 will be directed to the activated Link to Windows Settings page. On your computer, your Phone application will display five options: “Notifications,” “Messages,” “Photos,” “Phone screens,” and “Calls.”
2. Send & Receive Text Messages
With your Phone application for Windows, you can send and receive SMS messages from your computer. Open the Message tab and a confirmation will be sent to your cell phone asking you to allow your cell phone to access this data. Press “Allow,” and your SMS message will appear on your computer.
Use “New Message” to create a new text message. Your previous conversation will also appear in your Phone application, which you can choose to continue your conversation. By using this application, you can send emojis, GIFs, and photos (from your mobile or computer).
But what makes your Galaxy S20, S20 +, and S20 Ultra unique is RCS, or Rich Communications Services, the evolution of SMS. Think of it like iMessage for Android. This is a web-based messaging service that is associated with your operator number.
Samsung applies support for this new messaging standard in their Messaging application. Microsoft followed suit by allowing RCS messages to be sent and received using your cellphone when paired with Galaxy S20, S20 +, or S20 Ultra.
To send an RCS message, your default messaging application must be Samsung Messages. Your operator must also support RCS messages, which, unlike RCS via Android Messaging, are limited. Sprint, US Cellular, and Google Fi support RCS Universal Profile. Verizon and T-Mobile support RCS, but only with other phones on their network. For more information on operator support, see the link below.
3. Send & Receive Instant Messages
The problem with the messaging tab is that it is limited to SMS, MMS and RCS. Today, with so many third-party messaging applications, this is not enough. WhatsApp, Signal, Telegram and others do not display your text on the Message tab. But thanks to Samsung’s partnership with Microsoft, there are other exclusive features that overcome this limitation.
The Mobile screen is only available for certain Samsung smartphones. This feature allows you to mirror your phone to a computer and interact with it using your computer peripherals. You won’t be able to do multi-finger gestures like pinching to zoom in (unless you have a trackpad that supports multi-touch gestures or a touch screen monitor), but for all other movements, you can do it using a mouse or trackpad.
To take advantage of this feature, select “Mobile screen” and select “Display mobile screen”. Select “OK” at the prompt, and after a few seconds, your mobile screen will display on your computer. From here, use your mouse, trackpad or touch screen monitor to navigate in your phone to the messaging application. In the text box, instead of the default keyboard that appears, use your computer’s keyboard to compose your message.