Microsoft showcased new Surface PCs and announced the Windows 10 October 2018 Update release during its autumn event. What was the most important new feature in this release? The Your Phone application facilitates sharing between a smartphone and a computer.
You may drag and drop photographs from a mobile device to a PC window. Or transfer web pages from a mobile device to a computer, where they may be viewed instantly or stored in the Action Center for later use.
You can also view your PC’s Timeline on your phone, but this function is currently in testing. The best feature of all, Screen Mirroring, shows and allows you to interact with your smartphone’s screen on a computer.
Microsoft announced(Opens in a new window) last week that if you have an Android phone, you may now receive alerts from phone applications in the Your Phone app on a PC.
Microsoft would love to have the same capabilities on iPhones, but Apple protects its ecosystem with great vigilance.
Android is far more configurable than iOS, even allowing you to change your phone’s Launcher home screen. Microsoft takes advantage of this openness with Your Phone to create an outstanding bridge between the mobile and desktop worlds.
Learn how to utilize the Your Phone application on your computer to transfer images and send text messages. The Windows 10 upgrade is gradually going out, but here’s how to obtain it immediately.
Launch Your Phone’s application and sign in
After installing the October 2018 Update, the Your Phone app should be installed on your PC (if not, get it from the Microsoft Store).
Launch it on your computer and enter your Microsoft Account credentials. Enter your cellphone number, and the app will send a link to the Your Phone companion app to the device.
Install the application Your Phone Companion.
The text message you get on your phone contains a link to the Your Phone Companion app, which you can instantly download from the Google Play store www.aka.ms. Your PC.
Sign In using Mobile
Launch the mobile app and sign in with the same Microsoft account you used on your computer. Accept the permissions to provide the app access to your photographs, files, SMS messages, and phone calls.
Enable Images and Messages
In the Your Phone PC app’s Settings, change the Photographs and Messages buttons to the on position so that the software may display photos and text messages from your phone. The phone will then get a notice requesting permission to do so.
Photos From Mobile Device to Computer Instantaneously
When you take a photo on your mobile device, it will display in the Your Phone app on your computer a few seconds later. When the photo tile is double-clicked, it opens in the Photos app.
It’s kept in an inaccessible cache folder, but you can save it from the Photos app, and you can even drag the thumbnail into another program, such as Word.
Unfortunately, the image looked inverted, a typical issue with photo and video editing applications. This feature requires Wi-Fi connectivity, although not necessarily the same Wi-Fi network as your phone.
Messages on the PC
You have already enabled Message sharing in Settings; thus, navigate to the Messages tab in the Your Phone app on your computer. This feature is considered to be in beta.
Once more, you instruct the software to send a notice to the device to provide texting access. After the phone has granted permission, the Your Phone application displays your text exchanges on the computer.
Testing this functionality revealed why it is in beta. When I was messaging with an iPhone, I could only view messages sent from the Android and the PC, not the iPhone.
When messaging another Android, the messages functioned on all three devices; however, there was a significantly longer wait than typical texting.
The second issue is that texting on Your Phone does not interface with the PC’s contact list, the People application. However, this is not a major issue if you handle all of your contacts on your phone.
It would be convenient to be able to initiate a text message from the People app. You may input a number to initiate a text message on Your Phone, but only Android contacts will be retrieved by name.
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Android Timeline for Windows 10
Launched with the April 2018 Update, Windows 10 Timeline replaces Task View to display not just numerous desktops but also tiles displaying your surfing history and frequently used programs. The ability to identify a web page or document I visited during the past few days has proven to be incredibly handy.
In beta for Android, the Microsoft Launcher can display your computer’s timeline on your mobile device.
You may opt into the preview version by scrolling to the bottom of the Launcher’s Google Play page. After a little delay, you are enrolled, and you must then update to the app’s beta version.
Alongside the News and Glance tabs on the home screen, a new Timeline tab has been added. This worked well for me on the Asus Zenphone, allowing me to access Word documents and navigate previously visited websites on my PC. But I only saw entries for Edge and Office; activity from other PC programs, including UWP apps like Microsoft Photos, is not displayed.