It all happens when the digital personal assistant is just starting interesting with the arrival of Cortana on desktops and tablets thanks to Windows 10 upgrade, while the mobile has long had the likes of Cortana, Siri and Google Now around, why is it still can’t control our smartphones with our PCs. Using Cortana in Windows 10, now it is possible to send command to your phone directly from your computer.
Part of that is Cortana making the jump to iOS and Android, breaking free of its Windows shackles. If already running Windows 10 and having an Android device right now, though, you can, albiet indirectly, take advantage of Cortana on your smartphone before the digital assistant officially makes its way to the mbile platform. You’ll just need a little tinkering also called tweaking.
Heart of this whole progression is Tasker, a popular Android app that allows a plethora of tasks and actions to be completed automated based on states such as location, time of day and button presses. Best described as Tasker is a more felxible version of IFTTT for Android, and its uses are almost endless thanks to the app’s many third-party plugins available on the Google Play Store. You will need Tasker installed in your smartphone in order to use these Cortana voice commands, as well as AutoVoice and AutoRemote.
In addition, your Windows 10 machine will also need to have the AutoRemote Chrome Extension installed. Turns out it can also be used to make Windows 10’s Cortana control an Android phone.
To set up on your phone and PC, here’s what you need:
Step 2: On your PC, install the AutoRemote extension for Chrome.
Step 3: Right-click the extension icon, select Options, add your Android device and enable Cortana commands for it.
Step 4: Download this Tasker profile to your Android device and import it to the app from Profiles tab > Import and then browse for the file.
Step 5: Set Google Chrome as default Windows 10 browser.
Once all is in place, the user needs only enable Cortana commands. You will be able to do things like ask your phone to turn WiFi off right from Cortana on your PC, as can be seen in the video embedded below.
Give it a try and see how you find it. You’ll definitely love Tasker if you haven’t tried it already! The Tasker Android app costs $6.49, and AutoRemote is priced at $3.35. All other software is free, though.
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