How to Wirelessly Transfer Data From a Phone to a Windows PC
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Cables are lame, and Microsoft knows that. That’s why Windows 10’s phone capabilities are attempting to bridge the wire gap between your smartphone and your PC. That includes transferring websites, images, and more from your phone to your PC via wireless transfer and by default.

The following are three methods to transfer files and data seamlessly between your phone and your PC:

  1. Continue on PC to transfer browser tabs.
  2. Photos Companion to transfer images.
  3. Action Center to transfer phone notifications.

Note that these applications require an internet connection to function.

How to Link a Phone to Your Windows PC

Linking your phone to your Windows 10 PC with the Continue on PC feature will allow you to transfer browser tabs from your mobile browser to your Windows 10 PC’s Microsoft Edge browser How to Speed Up Microsoft Edge With 5 Secret Settings How to Speed Up Microsoft Edge With 5 Secret Settings Microsoft Edge has its own set of secret settings. We can tweak a few of these hidden settings to help boost its performance. Read More .

To link your phone, open your start menu and enter “link your phone”. Click the Link your phone option to open your phone settings.

Keep in mind, you’ll have to update your Windows 10 to its latest version How to Manage Windows Update in Windows 10 How to Manage Windows Update in Windows 10 For control freaks, Windows Update is a nightmare. It works in the background, and keeps your system safe and running smoothly. We show you how it works and what you can customize. Read More for this to work perfectly. If you have not updated your Windows 10 to the latest update, this process may not function.

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A window will open up asking for your phone number. After entering your number, a text will be sent to your phone prompting you to download an official Microsoft Launcher app.

Once you’ve installed the Microsoft Launcher application, head to a website and share that site using the browser’s default Share function. Select the Continue on PC option.

Finally, select which PC you’d like your browser tab to appear in. You can also use the Continue later button in the last image above, which will allow you to access saved website tabs via the Action center at your discretion. The website will now appear on your selected desktop using Windows 10’s Edge browser.

A couple of things that should be noted after trying the application:

  • While this is convenient, the option does not currently allow for third-party web browsers.
  • As this process uses the Edge browser over your internet connection, some latency or update issues may apply.
  • Ensure you allow a few seconds during the PC choice window to reduce file transfer errors.
  • A Windows Live email account is required, and you must sign into that account before using the application.

How to Transfer Images With Photos Companion

Windows 10 also allows the capability to share photos and video between your PC and your smartphone using its mobile Photos Companion app. Beforehand, it should be noted this is explicitly an experimental application.

Notable hiccups and hangups may apply when using this application. To maximize compatibility, ensure your phone and PC are the same wireless network Improve Your Wi-Fi Signal at Home & Outside with These Android Apps Improve Your Wi-Fi Signal at Home & Outside with These Android Apps Looking to improve the Wi-Fi signal in your home or find a Wi-Fi connection when you're out? This article has you covered. Read More .

First, open the Photos app on your PC. It should be installed by default. Access the app by clicking your start menu and entering photos. Click on the Photos option.

In the following window, click on the three-dot options icon and select your Settings.

how to wirelessly transfer data from phone to windows pc

Scroll down until you see Preview category and enable the Help Microsoft test the mobile import over Wi-Fi feature. Go back and click on the Import button on the main Photos app. You should see an option labelled From mobile over Wi-Fi.

how to wirelessly transfer data from phone to windows pc

A QR code will appear on your screen, which you have to scan using the mobile app.

how to wirelessly transfer data from phone to windows pc

Then, download the Photos Companion app onto your Android or iOS device. Open the application and use it to scan the QR code on your PC.

A selection of images and videos you have on your phone will appear. At this point, select the files you wish to transfer. Once you’ve chosen your file or files, press Done and the files will be sent to your desktop.

As of now, you can only send image and video files from your phone to your PC. Nevertheless, if you take lots of screenshots for later referral, it’s an awesome way to transfer image files.

A couple of things that should be noted after trying the application:

  • While the application worked well, I did receive a few dropped transfers.
  • Do not aim your phone’s camera to your PC immediately: give a second or two between selecting the Send photos option and capturing the QR code image.

Phone Notifications in Action Center

You’ve been in the zone for a few hours on your desktop when you reach over to check your phone. You check your phone on a break, just to realize your project was canceled an hour ago. Windows 10 can help with that, by sending notifications directly from your smartphone to your PC.

First, download Cortana to your mobile phone, which is available for both Android and iOS devices. Once your application is downloaded, go to its Settings to access the Cross device options. You may be prompted to sign into your personal Microsoft account before using the application.

Once you reach the Cross device option, you will need to allow Cortana to access some information. Here’s a snapshot of some of the notification options:

Enable or disable as many options as you’d like. To ensure smooth function, restart both your device and your PC.

To ensure notification transfer is allowed on your PC, open your start menu and enter Cortana. Select the Cortana & Search settings option. Then, select the Cortana across my devices tab on the left-hand side of the following window and enable the Get phone notifications on this PC option.

how to wirelessly transfer data from phone to windows pc

Since both are linked to your Microsoft account, you should now be able to receive phone notifications on your PC.

A couple of things that should be noted after trying the application:

Start Transferring Data Without a Cable

Wired data transfers are slowly but surely becoming a thing of the past. At the same time, Microsoft is ramping up its phone capabilities to blur the line between phone and PC. For people that use both often to transfer files, or those that use their phones as an all-purpose USB drive, this was a long-awaited capability.

Keep in mind, while all of the applications above are official they are also “experimental” as a part of Windows 10’s recent updates. While that may lead to application crashes, one could imagine later versions will bridge the gap even better between your phone and your PC.

By the way, looking to upload your photos to Instagram from your PC as well How to Upload Edited Photos and Videos to Instagram: 3 Methods That Work How to Upload Edited Photos and Videos to Instagram: 3 Methods That Work If you insist on editing your photos and videos, here's how you can upload your edited works to Instagram after the fact. Read More ?

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  1. Ben Leverett
    July 31, 2018 at 3:55 am

    The processes here, are mainly for Android, and that of which aren't, are for iOS; there is no mention of how to do anything for Windows Phone. While I have figured out how to transfer files wirelessly on the Windows Phone OS, it's nowhere near as seamless, as is, for (that, I know of) Android, or (I would like to imagine) iOS, either; nor does it seem capable of (unlike what is possible, for (that, I know of) Android) sending over Wi-Fi, alone; It seems you have to have an active internet connection, to send files; as it appears to sever file transmission, if you are not connected to mobile data (which is a real bummer, for (me not excluded) people, wanting to transfer large files) while transferring files. Does anyone know of (regardless of Windows Phone OS version) a way to do that, which I described above? Any constructive advice/tip's, or even actual method's, of (sending file's, over Wi-Fi, alone, using Windows Phone OS) doing just that, would be greatly appreciated.

  2. Davin Peterson
    July 30, 2018 at 3:49 pm

    Hey, stop showing an iPhone in the top image. Show an Android phone instead because Microsoft has made it easy for Android Phones to connect to Windows 10.