Microsoft is bringing “Your Phone” App, your Android phone’s companion


Microsoft is making it easier to use your Windows PC to access the photos and messages on your Android phone.

The company’s new Your Phone app, included in the upcoming Windows 10 October 2018 update, displays recent photos and texts from your phone — which you can drag, drop, copy and paste on to your desktop or into other applications. Initially, the app will support phones running Android 7.0 or newer versions of Google’s mobile operating system. (The company did not specify whether or when it would make the feature available to iOS users.) The Your Phone feature will roll out to all Windows users on or around Oct. 9.

If you have an iPhone, you lose some of the benefits of the Your Phone app. For iPhone users, the only supported feature at the moment is the ability to send a webpage link from your PC to your phone. Still handy, but less so.

But wait, there’s more: Microsoft also used its event to tease another forthcoming new feature. At some point, you’ll be able to mirror your Android phone to your PC’s desktop, so you can use any app without leaving your keyboard.

For now, if you want to try out the SMS and photo mirroring portion, you can install the Your Phone app (WindowsAndroid) on your Windows machine and also on your Android device.