How to link Surface Duo to the Your Phone app on Windows 10

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Surface Duo works great as a mobile computing device of its own, but it works even better when paired with your Windows 10 PC.

The Your Phone app on Windows 10 allows users to bring their mobile experiences to the PC, making it much more seamless to do things like answer calls, send text messages, check notifications, access your mobile camera roll, and even mirroring your mobile phone screen to your PC.

Here’s how to get it all set up.

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How to pair an Xbox or PlayStation controller with Surface Duo

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Just because Surface Duo was designed to get you to work hard, doesn’t mean you can’t play hard on it too. And if you want to play hard, you’ll probably want to connect a controller to your Surface Duo.

Having a controller connected will allow you to set Surface Duo down, get comfortable, and play your favorite games in a more familiar manner. Here’s how.

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You’ve just unboxed your new Surface Duo. Here’s how to get it set up

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If you’ve been keeping track of what happened since Microsoft first announced Surface Duo back in October 2019, I’m sure you’ll agree that its been quite a ride. With an endless stream of teases from Microsoft executives to reports of an early release.

That all behind us now. You have your Surface Duo, and are ready to get productive. Here’s how to set up your Surface Duo for the first time.

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How to become an Insider on Surface Duo

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The Insider program that Microsoft has been running for a years now across Windows, Xbox, and Office has allowed enthusiasts to try out the latest and greatest features before they hit the mainstream audience.

As a Surface Duo owner, you might be wondering if it were possible to become an Insider on this Surface device as well. The answer is yes, you can! Kinda. Here’s how.

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How to safely factory reset your Surface Duo

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If your Surface Duo isn’t performing as expected, or if you plan on giving away or selling your device, it would be a good idea to perform a factory reset to restore Surface Duo to its original settings.

Restoring is fairly easy process, but there are a few things you need to do and keep in mind prior to performing a factory reset. Read on to learn more.

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How to use an eSIM with Surface Duo

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Your Surface Duo supports both physical SIM cards and eSIMs. If your carrier supports it, eSIM makes switching between mobile carriers and data plans really easy. It’s especially useful if you rely on multiple carriers or data plans for different occasions, such as a work and personal plans.

eSIM can be used in conjunction with a physical SIM, or alone. Check out the tutorial below that walks you through connecting to your mobile carrier via an eSIM.

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How to take a screenshot on Surface Duo

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Despite being one of the most common tasks performed on a mobile device, taking a screenshot has always been very device-specific, with a different combo of buttons used on each device.

There are two ways to take a screenshot on Surface Duo. One is via software, and other is via a more traditional button press combo. Learn more below.

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How to connect a Surface Pen to Surface Duo

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Surface Duo has pen support, and while a Surface Pen is not included in the box, you can use any Surface Pen that supports Surface Pro 3 or higher, including the new Surface Slim Pen that made its debut with the Surface Pro X.

Doing so will allow you to write naturally in apps like OneNote, or sign PDF documents in Adobe Reader. Here’s how to connect a Surface Pen to your Surface Duo.

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How to attach the bumper to your Surface Duo

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Surface Duo is almost here, and initial impressions from the press have been extremely positive, particularly when it comes to the build quality, industrial design, and just how thin Microsoft has managed to make it.

With that thinness, and the fact that the Surface Duo is covered in glass on the back and the front, it isn’t too surprising that Microsoft decided to include a bumper case in the box with every device.

Watch the video below to learn how to properly connect the bumper to your Surface Duo.

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