Microsoft adds new features to Windows 10 Your Phone app, here is everything you should know


Microsoft adds new features to Windows 10 Your Phone app, here is everything you should know

Your Phone is an app developed by Microsoft for Windows 10 for connecting Android or iOS devices to Windows 10 devices. It enables a Windows PC to access the 2000 most recent photos on a connected phone, send SMS messages, and make phone calls.

As part of the Windows 10 October 2018 Update (1809), it replaces the legacy Phone Companion app. Microsoft’s Your Phone app, which was unveiled in 2018, initially served as a basic companion app on Windows 10, allowing users to beam their content to their desktop when their devices are connected to the internet connection.

Over time, the app has added more functionality for managing photos from desktop and now Microsoft appears to be testing multiple new features for the Your Phone app.

Manage your apps using Your Phone app

According to artwork included in Your Phone app update package, the app might be getting the ability to manage apps installed on your Android device directly from your computer. It also appears that Microsoft could be working on a built-in app launcher for the Your Phone companion experience.

Support for multiple devices

Microsoft’s Your Phone app now supports multiple devices for testers in the Windows Insider program. The feature is gradually rolling out to testers and is currently limited to Android phones running Android 7 or newer.

Calling option in messages page

Microsoft is also testing a new option in the messages screen of the Your Phone app that will finally allow users to initiate a call directly from the messages UI.

Delete your photos

An upcoming update for the app will allow you to delete the photos stored in your device directly from your computer. That’s good news for folks who want to empty out the phone’s storage, so you have more room for apps, games, and photos.

Furthermore, an update that is apparently inbound for the Your Phone app will let you delete photos off your smartphone from the PC, helping you stay on top of your device’s storage from the desktop too. These extra abilities could be arriving on top of a major change we already highlighted, namely the ability to support multiple Android devices with Your Phone, instead of just the one handset.

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