Microsoft is working on Your Phone app and
it’s available for the Windows Insiders in the Fast and Skip
Ahead Ring. The Your Phone app is part of the software
giant’s plan to create deep synergies between your PC and your
iOS or Android smartphones. It was announced back in May 2018
and the app is supposed to sync messages, recent
photos from your phone to your PC.
Microsoft has already confirmed that Your Phone will ship
with an upcoming version of Windows 10 (codenamed Redstone 5).
For those unfamiliar, Windows 10 Redstone 5 is expected to hit
RTM status in September and it’ll be released for the general
In Windows 10 Redstone 5, the Your Phone app only allows users
to view the photos stored in their phone on PCs. Your Phone
leverages the Microsoft Graph to do its magic. It won’t require
your Android and iOS smartphone to be connected to the same
WiFi network as your PC, although it can work better when all
devices are on the same network.
The latest Windows 10 Redstone 5 preview build comes with one
important change in this regard. According to the changelog,
Microsoft will pin the shortcut of Your Phone app to the
desktop when you’ll upgrade your PC from any previous version
of Windows 10. You would not need to go through the all
apps list in Start Menu, or Windows key to find the app.
“Coming today for Build 17741, we’ve added a new entry point to
Your Phone app. Notice a desktop pin? It’ll take you directly
to Your Phone app – for quicker access to your phone’s content.
Or go through the all apps list in Start Menu, or Windows key
and search for Your Phone app. You pick how you get there, just
get there,” Microsoft’s Dona Sarkar and Brandon LeBlanc.