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Microsoft's new Your Phone feature will make it easier to know when your phone and PC are connected

Your Phone companion
Your Phone companion (Image credit: Windows Central)

What you need to know

  • Microsoft's Your Phone app will soon show a connection status.
  • The connected status will appear just below your device's image within the Your Phone app.
  • The feature was shown off in a leak, so we don't know when it will arrive.

Microsoft's Your Phone app will soon have a status indicator for when your smartphone is connected to your Windows 10 PC. The Your Phone app runs into issues when trying to connect for some people, so having a clear indicator for if the device is connected will be a welcome addition.

The indicator was shown off in a couple of tweets by Aggiornamenti Lumia on Twitter.

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Right now, the Your Phone app on Windows 10 shows an image of your device. The app can show a warning status along the top if it fails to connect to your device, but the Connected/Connecting indicator helps make it clear that the app is trying to connect or has successfully connected to your PC.

The connection indicator could take some time to roll out to a public version of Your Phone. Aggiornamenti Lumia spotted the ability to change your smartphone's settings through the Your Phone app last month, but that feature hasn't appeared yet on the public version of the app. We'll have to wait to see when these new features work their way to more people.

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.

11 Comments
  • More important than this, when does Your Phone get better support for the Duo? These Samsung exclusives like the Apps is brutal.
  • More to the point when does the Your Phone app get better support for ALL Android devices rather than just Samsung ones?
  • Personally, I think it is nearly better with the Duo, other than the app pinning. I think the latter isn't there yet because a full screen YP displaying the Duo with a touch screen monitor seems to negate the need for App pinning. However, if you pin using a Samsung but connect with Duo, the pinned apps open in YP on the Duo.
  • I'm using Windows 10 Beta channel, beta for the Android app too and I don't have any of the things on this article - no battery indicator or wifi/network connection status or the toggles for Bluetooth etc.
  • I think the Wifi and full battery info is still in A/B testing. At some point I had that feature (without having been an Insider or a Your Phone beta tester) and then lost it with a recent Windows reinstall.
  • That would make sense. I'm also seeing a memory leak, YourPhoneServer.exe has constantly increasing RAM Commit. I've never seen that until recently. The last two updates to the app haven't fixed it. Every day or two I have to end the process in Task manager to clear the RAM.
  • My desktop machine is in the Release Preview ring and does have the toggles and status indicators, so I guess I'm one of the lucky ones. I used to have regular issues with connections so the new connection indicator is not as important as it used to be, for me at least, but it will still be a welcome addition.
  • Great - I've been hoping this would happen. Also, recently connectivity, particularly at the beginning of the day, has been sketchy. So I hope they're working on that too.
  • I assume that this is Samsung only.... like everything else in Your Phone 🙄
  • Except not, so no. There are certain features that require collaboration with the phone manufacturer and that's why those features are exclusive to Samsung. Microsoft could reach out to other OEMs but it might be a lot of work to deal with so many different ones and each of them has a significantly smaller market than Samsung. Some would be sure to refuse as well, with Google being the obvious candidate. There's no reason to believe that this feature would require any input from the phone manufacturer so there's so reason to believe that it will be exclusive to Samsung, unless you just want something to whine about.
  • Just switched back to a iPhone and what a surprise the iPhone is a red headed step child when it comes to this app. I enjoyed it more than I thought with my Android. Will this only be a Android App or will it be allowed to work with iPhones? Please don't be like Apple when certain things only work with the iPhone. I had gotten used to the fact that I could take a picture anywhere and it would be on my Surface and be able to be saved and sent to friends or I could answer my texts on the larger screen and the boss got the answer he needed.