Today is the day when the awaited Windows 10 Anniversary Update starts rolling out to users who had one year at their disposal to upgrade to Windows 10 for free, with the condition to have a valid license for Windows 7, 8 or 8.1. The new update comes with many new features and one of them is mirrored Android notifications. This means that everytime you’ll receive a notification on your Android smartphone, it will also pop up on your Windows PC and you will be able to check it without even touching your phone.
Until now, Windows users who wanted to check Android notifications on their computers had to install third-party applications such as Pushbullet and AirDroid. Microsoft has decided to bring its own first-party implementation and in order to set up the application, first you’ll open Cortana on your Android smartphone, head to settings, where you’ll select “sync notifications”. Then, you’ll grant Cortana “notification access”, so it can use the Notification Listener Service, then you’ll see check boxes for Missed calls, Incoming messages and Low battery notifications. The fourth and most important check box is for App notification sync, and this option will allow you to add or remove applications from the push notification list.
Now, you’ll need to enable Cortana on your Windows PC and turn on “Sync Notifications” in order to see the list of devices which includes your device. Now, setup is done and you’ll start receiving Android notifications on your computer. They will show up in the Win 10 notification panel and when you’ll be notified that you’ve just received a SMS, expand the notification and click on the “reply” box to type out a message that will be sent by Cortana to your phone, which will be delivered afterwards.
If you dismiss a notification on your PC, it will be also dismissed on the phone. You’ll have the “new” Dismiss button on which you’ll click to remotely dismiss a notification on your Android smartphone, but if you clear a notification on the phone, it won’t be removed from Windows.
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