Using the Your Phone App in Windows 10

When you’re working at your PC it can be a chore to plug it in to transfer photos form it, or to find it and pick it up to read and respond to text messages.  Windows now comes with an app called Your Phone which you can search for in the Start Menu that will allow you to drag and drop photos from your phone to your PC and to read, respond to, and send SMS text messages.

It’s helpful if both the phone and the PC are connected to the same Wi-Fi network, though Your Phone can also connect to your phone over its cellular network..  Through the Your Phone app you can perform the following tasks.

Read and Respond to SMS Text Messages – You can type text messages and replies from your PC keyboard.  You can even insert emojis, GIFs, photos and more into messages.

Choose which SIM card to use – If your phone supports more than one SIM card, you can choose which to use for call and messages in the Your Phone app.

View and Copy your Photos – Any photos you have taken on your phone will be viewable in the Your Phone app.  You can then simply drag and drop them from the app onto your PC, say to File Explorer, to copy them directly.

View and Receive Notifications – With your Phone connected to the Your Phone app, you can choose to receive any notifications on the device, such as calls and received SMS Text Messages, as pop-up notifications on your PC’s desktop.  You can also view outstanding notifications on the phone from within the Your Phone app.

Make and Receive Phone Calls – This feature is rolloing out, and not every handset supports it yet.  Once complete you will be able to make and receive phone calls directly from your PC, without needing to find and use your phone itself.

The app works with both Android and iOS smartphones and the setup process talks you through how to get started with the app when you first run it.  Keep an eye on this app too, as its functionality will be expanded over time to include being able to run apps from your phone in windows on your PC’s desktop.


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