How to Bring the Windows 10 Experience to iOS and Android

A PC app syncs your smartphone with Windows 10

Windows 10 phone companion app

Microsoft 

Since the Windows Phone was discontinued, Microsoft is no longer trying to create exclusive experiences for its mobile platforms. Thanks to the Your Phone app, it's possible to use apps for Windows 10 on iOS and Android devices.

Information in this article should apply regardless of who made your phone (Google, Apple, Samsung, etc.)

The Your Phone App for Windows 10 on iOS and Android

The Your Phone app for Windows 10 (formerly known as Phone Companion) allows you to sync your Microsoft account with your smartphone. It installs the following apps on your iPhone or Android phone:

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

To sync the Windows Your Phone app with your mobile device, you must first download the app from Google Play or the Apple App Store. After installing the mobile app, it will walk you through the necessary steps.

It's possible to stream music from your OneDrive to any device with the assistance of the Groove app for Windows 10.

Microsoft OneDrive for iOS and Android

Microsoft's OneDrive app automatically stores your Windows 10 documents,, photos, and other files to the cloud, making them accessible on all your devices. On top of that, any notes you make with OneNote will appear on your phone, and any changes you make to an Microsoft Office document on your phone will be automatically synced across all your devices. Pictures you take with your phone can also be uploaded to your OneDrive so that you can view them on your computer.

Every OneDrive account comes with 5G of free storage space, but if you subscribe to Office 365, you get 1TB of storage for up to five users.

There is a OneDrive app for Mac if you want to connect your Mac computer to your Microsoft OneDrive.

Cortana Integration for iOS and Android

The Cortana app for Android and iOS makes it possible to use the Cortana digital assistant on all smartphones and tablets. Any reminders you set with Cortana on your PC will also show up on your mobile device. When paired with the Your Phone app, Cortana can:

  • Find answers to your questions on the web.
  • Set appointments and reminders in your Outlook calendar.
  • Send text messages and make calls from your computer.
  • Receive mobile app notifications on your computer.

Microsoft has revealed plans to discontinue support the Cortana mobile app in favor of integrating Cortana's functionally into specific Microsoft programs like Outlook and Office. Therefore, you'll still be able to use Cortana for select apps, but it will no longer be available as a default voice assistant alternative to Siri or Google Assistant.

You can use Cortana and Amazon's Alexa together to control your Amazon Fire tablet.