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How to Send Text Messages With Windows 10 and Android

Microsoft’s Windows 10 “OS to end all OSes” continues to add useful features. One of my favorites is the ability to send and receive text messages with a little help from Cortana and Android. In this article, I’ll cover how the few steps required to setup your devices and get this working.


It’s pretty simple but there are a few prerequisites. You need to be running the Windows 10 Creator’s Update (version 1703). You’ll need to be signed in with a Microsoft Account and have Cortana enabled. I also recommend syncing your contacts to your W10 machine. I keep all of my contacts in Google Contacts so I added my Google account to W10 (Cortana > People > Settings > Add Account).


You’ll also need to install Cortana on your Android phone and sign in using the same Microsoft Account. Open Cortana’s settings menu on your phone. You’re looking for the “Sync notifications” option. Choose it and then ensure that “Incoming message notifications” is turned on. Grant Cortana any system access it requests and you’re good to go on the Android side.

Windows SMS



Windows SMS

You should start to see incoming text messages show up on your W10 machine at this point. They’ll show up in the notification area. The great thing about it is you can reply right from the notification. Just type in your message, click the send arrow, and away it goes. Response time is great. It generally takes only a couple of seconds for new messages to arrive from the phone or to send from the PC. I’ve got to say that I’m pretty impressed and slightly surprised that Microsoft has put together a system that works so well.


You can also send SMS from W10 without just responding to a notification. Click in the Cortana box, type SMS, and then choose ‘sms > Send a message’. Type in the phone number or the contact name (you did sync your contacts to W10, right?) then key in your message and send. Cortana will funnel the message through your Android phone within seconds. The solution is pretty elegant and quite reliable. The only issue I’ve seen in my usage was once a double message was sent. Other than that its been aces. Give it a try yourself.


Windows SMS  Windows Text Messages



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Robert Daniels

I'm a long-time tech and gadget enthusiast that currently uses Android, Windows 10 Mobile, and iOS devices. I'm always interested in ways to improve my family's life with new devices and services, though my beautiful wife might just say I'm addicted to playing with gadgets.

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9 thoughts on “How to Send Text Messages With Windows 10 and Android

  • Avatar of Kenneth Eisen

    This is just one of the reasons I read this website everyday. Very informative!

    • Avatar of Robert Daniels

      Thanks, that’s very kind of you to say.

  • this is one of my favorite reasons to use Windows. Microsoft is doing a great job with Windows 10.

  • Avatar of Sara C Kelly

    Ok, perhaps I’m missing something, I have a new Lenovo with Windows 10, and a brand new Samsung galaxy 8+, I’ve downloaded Cortana on my phone and the above instructions don’t apply, there is no Sync Notifications option in settings. Please help!!

  • Afternoon! I was just trying to set this up and it works great to SEND sms via my PC but the notification of received messages is not working… did I maybe miss a step or has Microsoft since turned that feature off?

  • Avatar of Jacob Hoss

    Anyway to actually recall incoming text messages? Like does Windows have an inbox where it stores the SMS? I’ve looked in the phone companion app, Cortana app, etc… and couldn’t find it. So far I like the option, but notification only stays up so long, and I believe that what be a useful option for the app.

  • Avatar of Pilar Mogollon

    can this also be done with windows 11?

    • Yeah, this article was written in 2017 – long time ago – many different ways to do it now

      If you’re using Google Messages, look up pairing Google Messages to a web browser
      Anything else look into windows 11 “Your Phone” app


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