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How to Send SMS Messages With Cortana on Windows 10

The Windows 10 Anniversary Update gives  Cortana some fancy new abilities. Among them is the option to send and receive SMS text messages from an Android or Windows phone. With just a couple of keystrokes or your voice, the personal assistant can send an SMS. But first, you'll have to set it up. The following instructions detail how to do this with an Android phone.

Here's how to send SMS messages with Cortana on Windows 10:

Setup on Android

1. Download Cortana for  Android from the Google Play Store to your phone.

2. Tap the hamburger menu in the top right-hand corner.

3, Tap Settings.

4. Select "Sync Notifications."

5. Turn on "Missed call notifications," "Incoming message notifications," and "App notifications sync."

Setup on Windows 10

1. Click Settings in Cortana.

2. Turn on "Send notifications between devices."

Send an SMS

1. Activate Cortana.

2. Either say "Text [NAME]" or type "SMS [NAME]," to start sending an SMS. You can only SMS people in your contacts in Windows 10.

3. Dictate or type your message.

4. Say or click "Send."

Respond to Incoming Text Messages

When you receive a text message, you'll now get a Windows 10 alert notification. You can type your reply directly in a text field that appears in the notification window.

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Andrew joined in 2015, reviewing computers and keeping up with the latest news. He holds a M.S. in Journalism (Digital Media) from Columbia University. A lover of all things gaming and tech, his previous work has shown up in Kotaku, PCMag and Complex, among others. Follow him on Twitter @FreedmanAE.