How Windows 10 Works With Android, iPhone, and Windows Phone

Microsoft brings OneDrive to iOS and Android

In 2018, Microsoft launched the Universal Windows Platform so that Windows apps would look and run identically on any device, whether it's a desktop PC or a Windows Phone. This update, along with the OneDrive app, makes it possible to sync Windows 10 with your iPhone or Android smartphone.

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Windows 10 Works with Your Phone. Microsoft

Information in this article applies to most Android, iOS, and Windows smartphones.

Windows 10 Your Phone App for iOS and Android

Microsoft's Your Phone app for Windows 10 (formerly known as Phone Companion) is designed to help you connect and set up your Windows phone (now discontinued), Android phone, or iPhone to Windows. It installs Microsoft apps that keep your phone and your PC in sync including:

  • OneDrive
  • Microsoft Office
  • Outlook
  • Skype
  • Microsoft Photos

With the Your Phone app, not only can you access Windows 10 apps from your phone, but you can also read text messages and make calls on your computer.

Microsoft OneDrive for iOS and Android

OneDrive is Microsoft's cloud storage service. Your OneDrive is tied to your Microsoft account, and it automatically saves your photos, music, and other files remotely so that you can access them on any device. OneDrive users get 5G of free storage, but a subscription to Microsoft 365 comes with 1TB of storage for up to five users.

OneDrive is also available for Amazon Fire tablets.

For example, once you set up the Your Phone app and OneDrive on your iOS and Android phone, any changes you make to a Microsoft Word document will instantly take effect across all platforms. Therefore, you don't have to worry about manually transferring files or accidentally saving over your work. Photos you take with your phone will also appear on your Windows 10 PC.

It is also possible to set up Microsoft OneDrive on a Mac.

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