Microsoft tests messaging improvements for Windows 10 Your Phone app

Microsoft Your Phone app

Windows 10’s Your Phone app bridges the gap between your
desktop and smartphone by allowing users to quickly
send and receive texts right from your PC without using
Android phone. Microsoft hopes that Your Phone will evolve
into something even bigger, and the most recent update comes
with significant improvements in this regards.

Your Phone app recently received phone screen feature that
allowed users to mirror their Android phone’s screen directly
onto a PC. There are a lot of limitations as to who can use
this feature. For example, not all phones are compatible and it
also requires modern Bluetooth solutions.

Initially, the app supported devices like Samsung Galaxy
S8, Galaxy S8+, Galaxy S9, and Samsung Galaxy S9+ and OnePlus
6/6t. Today, Microsoft announced that Insiders can now try the
Your Phone screen mirroring experience on additional Samsung
phone models – Galaxy A8 and Galaxy A8+.

At the moment, Your Phone’s screen mirroring feature works only
on PCs with Bluetooth radio that supports low-energy
peripheral role.

Messaging improvements

Microsoft is testing a new version of Your Phone with Insiders
that adds new messaging features. The company says that you can
now send and receive images, GIFs right from your desktop.

The update also adds a visual indicator on the Messages
node to remind you when you have unread messages. Your
Phone app can now also sync contact thumbnails for all
your contacts.

Your Phone app notification

The update brings in-line reply which you can use to quickly
reply to text messages directly from Windows 10 toast
notifications. Your Android phone text messages would appear as
a notification in Windows 10 and you can reply to the SMS
without even opening the app.

Microsoft is also bringing emoji picker, so you can easily add
emojis to your text messages.

Your Phone icon

Another important change this update brings is support for sync
over mobile data. Microsoft says you can turn on mobile data on
your phone and still sync your photos, messages, and
notification to the desktop.

Initially, the app only synced contents when both PC and mobile
are connected to WiFi, but you can now use the app
smoothly without connecting mobile to the WiFi network.

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