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Microsoft Your Phone gains access to contacts for Insiders

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What you need to know

  • Microsoft is testing new features for its Your Phone app with Insiders.
  • A Contacts feature is in preview that allows Insiders to access their contacts from Windows 10.
  • A "Sent from phone" feature is also in the works.

Microsoft recently rolled out new features for the Your Phone app to Insiders. Aggiornamenti Lumia spotted the features in action and shared some insight regarding what they'll be able to do. Currently, some Insiders can see a Contacts section and a "Sent from phone" section in preview.

A Contacts section now appears in preview for some Insiders. This feature will allow you to look through the contact list from your smartphone from the Your Phone app on Windows 10. This should make calling and messaging people from a Windows 10 PC easier. According to Aggiornamenti Lumia, Microsoft has worked on this feature since February. The Contacts section was initially spotted back in August.

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Some Insiders also see a new "Sent from phone" section on the Your Phone app. At the moment, the feature doesn't seem to do that much, but Aggiornamenti Lumia reports that it will become a history of items sent from the web browser, notes, and photos shared from your smartphone.

Microsoft continues to expand the functionality of its Your Phone app. As it grows, it's reached a point where some people can leave their phone in their pocket. Some Your Phone features are restricted to supported Samsung phones, but these new features don't appear to be limited to specific phone models.

Sean Endicott
Sean Endicott

Sean Endicott is the news writer for Windows Central. If it runs Windows, is made by Microsoft, or has anything to do with either, he's on it. Sean's been with Windows Central since 2017 and is also our resident app expert. If you have a news tip or an app to review, hit him up at sean.endicott@futurenet.com.

9 Comments
  • But I can already access my contacts through the search function in calls tab
  • The Calls feature requires you to search and only supports calls, where the Contacts feature displays the whole list and also allows you to send a message. There's some overlap, sure, but it's not the same thing, any more than the phone and contacts apps are the same thing on your phone.
  • Why do I have to port my contacts from Outlook to my Google account? My smartphone got crushed. So I bought a new one. I loaded outlook and all my onedrive/email accounts. Of course, I had to use a google account. But when I opened my contacts the file was empty. So I had to import my contacts from Outlook to Google and then they magically appeared. Why won't outlook drop/sync my contacts on the phone? What don't I know about android?
  • There's no need whatsoever to "port" your contacts from Outlook to Google. You simply make your Outlook account the default contacts account. Seems there's quite a lot you "don't know about"...😉
  • definetely a ver. 1.0 app, but has come in handy with moving photos from phone to windows.
  • Funny that a Microsoft app doesn't even work with a Microsoft Windows Phone.
  • Were you expecting that MS would be developing for an already buried platform? Can't even understand what you're talking about.
  • I could see both new sections the other day but the app updated again today and now I can't. No big deal for preview features but interesting.
  • if somebody is already a O365 user and has all their contacts on both devices, does this add any functionality? I'm trying to justify switching to Android.