Microsoft's Your Phone app for Windows 10 is one of best new Windows features in years. If you own an Android phone, this app will allow you to pair your smartphone with your PC and synchronize your phones notifications, texts, calls, and more so that you can see them right on your desktop.
Your Phone is a feature that Microsoft touts as being a productivity enhancer, as syncing your phone to your PC means you'll spend less time pulling your phone out of your pocket to see why it vibrated. Once Your Phone is configured, you'll be able to interact with content on your phone as if that content was native to your PC to begin with.
For example, through Your Phone, I can see 30 of my recent photos taken on my smartphone, and can open, edit, and insert them into documents and other programs if needed. My phones notifications also show up as Windows notifications, and in some cases, allow me to respond to them without even opening the Your Phone app.
You can check out all of Your Phone's app features in our hands-on video walkthrough embedded above. Do you already use Your Phone? If not, are you planning to? Let us know in the comments.
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I don't have phone screen or the ability to call using my Samsung S9+. How do I get these options?
Phone Screen doesn’t support your device at the moment. As for making and taking calls, it’s a beta feature only available to Windows Insider beta testers. “Currently the feature (Phone Screen) is only available on the following Android phones in select markets running Android 7.0 or greater: - Samsung Galaxy Note10
- Samsung Galaxy Note 10+
- Samsung Galaxy Fold
- Samsung Galaxy S10
- Samsung Galaxy S10+
- Samsung Galaxy S10e
- Samsung Galaxy A30s
- Samsung Galaxy A50s
- Samsung Galaxy A90” Source: https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/4459358/windows-10-your-phone-a... As for making and taking calls, it’s a beta feature only available to Windows Insider beta testers.
It's a very nice app. For a while, it lagged behind Dell's alternative. I would like to see the option to increase the size of messages, while viewing them on the PC.
It’s too bad that the Phone Screen feature is only currently available for select Samsung Galaxy phones. I’m not sure if this is part of a deal Microsoft has with Samsung, if there are some technical reasons for this limitation or if it’s just easier to target and support a smaller selection of devices for now. Sure hope this feature expands to more devices. Also, I hope the ability to make and take calls from your Windows 10 PC is also supported by non-Galaxy devices as well.
Found the answer to my question: “ The current implementation of Phone screen mirrors your Android screen to a Windows 10 device over Bluetooth Low Energy, which often didn’t work as intended. To make the overall experience seamless, Microsoft worked closely with Samsung to develop "Link to Windows" that works over Wi-Fi and sits in the Android Quick Settings menu.” Source: https://www.androidpolice.com/2019/10/30/microsofts-your-phone-screen-mi...
Anyone have an idea when it will become available for other Samsung phones?
Wish the app would clear the notifications bi-directionally. If I view the msg on My Phone, I want the notification cleared on Samsung, and vice versa. I spent too much time clearing duplicate notifications. Also, I cannot search for txt messages. On my phone, I do this 1-2x a day so I end up having to go to my phone anyway. I had the beta My Phone app on my SP4 and the whole thing goes to hell in a hand basket if you are using Bluetooth headphones that is paired with both the Surface and Phone. This app is kinda nice sometimes but it's not ready to keep the phone in my bag.
Yes, not having to dismiss notifications twice would be a huge addition. That's something I've been looking for since the beginning.
Interesting video - just a shame that calls have not been enabled yet on my version of the app. Is it a US first policy with the others including the UK waiting?
No thanks, i like to keep my well away from my computer.
Nice app, but my Note10 will not connect to any PC through Bluetooth (PC says connected, phone says pairing). Impossible to use the call feature.
(Bluetooth works fine if I connect to other devices - my car, my speakers).
I tried using this for a while with my Note 8, but it proved to be terribly inconsistent - primarily for SMS. I switched my default SMS app on my phone to Google Messages and started using the messages for web interface through Chrome and it works much better. It also works across WAN rather than having wifi connectivity to the same network. I would like to use Your Phone, but I need it to be consistent - primarily, it lost connection too often.
It will be nice if "Your Phone App" was also working on a Mac. I have to work with a Mac at work. I know this is a long shot. MS need to make the App work perfectly on Windows first. But my ass is in front of a Mac 8-10 hours a day. I don't want to use an iPhone. My 2 cents
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