'Your Phone' app starts testing unread message badges with Insiders

Your Phone SMS syncing
Your Phone SMS syncing (Image credit: Windows Central)

Microsoft is testing a small, but notable, update to the Your Phone app with Windows Insiders. Available now for around half of the total Insider population, the update adds unread indicators to your conversations, allowing you to see which contacts have sent a message, and how many messages there are to be read, at a glance (via MSPU).

If you're a part of the initial wave, you'll now see that the text preview for unread threads is now bolded, helping it stand out from the rest of your conversations. In addition, a new badge will now display next to the thread, showing you how many unread messages you have in that chat.

If you have yet to try Your Phone, the app allows you to sync with your Android phone to send and receive SMS messages from your PC. You can also import photos from your phone to your PC using the app, and Microsoft is even planning to add screen mirroring with a future update, letting you interact with phone apps from your desktop.

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