How to get the “Connect” Windows app back on your Windows device

For the past year, I have been giving sessions on the Microsoft Teams mobile app. To show my Android mobile phone on the screen of my Windows 10 PC, I used the Connect app. But when I moved to another machine, it wasn’t installed anymore.

Connect used to come by default in Windows 10 machines, but with the May 2020 release, the feature was turned off by default, the reason for it is that Connect is now deprecated. The follow-up app for Connect is the “Your Phone” app. That doesn’t want to work with me, so I just wanted the Connect app back!

Thanks to the Twitter support of @JenMsft, I was able to find the way to get it back! In short: it is still there, you can install it via the Optional Features. Just follow these few easy steps to get it back up and running.

Installing the Connect app (again)

If the app is not there in your Start menu, there are a few easy steps you can take to get it back.

First, go to your start menu and look for (or just start typing) “Apps and features”.

This Settings page gives you an overview of all apps that are installed. There is also a little link that says “Optional features”. That is the one we want!

Optional features 
Add a feature 
See optional feature history 
Installed features 
Find an installed optional feature 
Soft by: Name v 
Internet Explorer 11 
Maths Recogniser 
Microsoft Paint 
Microsoft Quick Assist 
Notepad 
OpenSSH Client 
Print Management Console 
Steps Recorder 
Windows Fax and Scan 
Windows Hello Face 
1,60 MB 
07/12/2019 
16,6 MB 
3,34 MB 
07/12/2019 
1,44 MB 
07/12/2019 
316 KB 
5,05 MB 
1,19 MB 
07/12/2019 
612 KB 
07/12/2019 
8,94 MB 
47,9 MB 
Add an optional feature 
Find an available optional feature 
Sort by: Name v 
Arabic Script Supplemental Fonts 
Bangla Script Supplemental Fonts 
Canadian Aboriginal Syllabics Supplemental Fonts 
Cherokee Supplemental Fonts 
Chinese (Simplified) Supplemental Fonts 
Chinese (Traditional) Supplemental Fonts 
Devanagari Supplemental Fonts 
EMS and SAC Toolset for Windows 10 
Ethiopic Supplemental Fonts 
Install (O) 
Related settings 
More Windows features 
Get help 
164 MB 
482 KB 
96,3 KB 
76,6 KB 
41,4 MB 
128 MB 
146 MB 
821 KB 
194 KB 
Cancel

On the optional features page, we want to “Add a feature”.

On the “Add a new feature” screen, search for “Wireless Display”. Mark it and click on the install button.

Add an optional feature 
wire 
Sort by: Name v 
Wireless Display 
Install (1) 
1,06 MB 
Cancel

And that is it! The Connect app will now be on your start menu.

About: Marijn

Marijn Somers (MVP) has over 14 years experience in the SharePoint world, starting out with SP2007. Over the years the focus has grown to Office 365, with a focus on collaboration and document management. He is a business consultant at Balestra and Principal Content Provider for "Mijn 365 Coach" that offers dutch employee video training. His main work tracks are around user adoption, training and coaching and governance. He is also not afraid to dig deeper in the technicalities with PowerShell, adaptive cards or custom formatting in lists and libraries. You can listen to him on the biweekly "Office 365 Distilled" podcast.

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