Windows 10’s phone companion feature was originally designed
for Windows Phones, Android, and iPhone, but then Microsoft
started focusing on Android. Lately, Microsoft has further
limited Your Phone’s useful and advanced features to select
affordable and flagship Samsung phones.
Fortunately, as part of the next update, Microsoft appears to
be testing new features that will work on all phones.
With next update, Microsoft is improving the Windows 10 Your
Phone app by adding “sent from phone” feature for your photos,
links, and notes. We were able to get Your Phone’s new features
working in minutes on our Windows 10 device and here’s
everything you need to know.
Your Phone app’s sent from phone feature
This feature is currently available for select testers in the
Windows Insider program. To use “sent from phone” screen,
Microsoft says you’ll need to access the share menu on your
In the share menu of Android, simply select ‘Your Phone
companion’ option and shared contents will appear under ‘sent
from phone’ screen, as shown in the screenshot below.
As you can see in the above screenshot, the new content sharing
feature requires an Android phone running Your Phone companion
This means that Android phones like the OnePlus Nord, Pixel,
Mi, Redmi, and more will be able to make use of the feature. If
you use a Samsung phone, you can also use the built-in “Link to
Next up is a new dedicated space to show phone contacts. This
will finally allow you to search contact numbers and make calls
or send messages using the two buttons located in the right
mentioned last month, Microsoft is also going to introduce
a new UI for the settings whereby your settings will be
categorized under headings, so you can easily find the settings
you need to tweak.
Currently, you need to keep scrolling to find the settings you
Android apps streaming
As we reported yesterday,
Microsoft is also enabling Android apps streaming support
for more phones, but if you don’t own a supported Samsung
device, you’re out of luck because it simply won’t work.
The new update, which is currently rolling out to the public,
means you don’t have to pick up your phone to access Android
apps. Furthermore, Microsoft has also confirmed that they’ll
add support for multiple apps (side-by-side) experience if you
use a Samsung Galaxy phone.
Earlier this year, Microsoft also added support for the actual
“copy” and “paste” commands, but again, just for some Samsung
We don’t know when Samsung exclusive features will arrive, but
those who don’t own a Samsung phone will at least receive a few
improvements highlighted above.
While it may appear that Windows 10’s Your Phone app is now
feature-complete, Microsoft is already working on several new
features for the app.
For example, Microsoft is rolling out new options to help you
decide if you want to hide all content of notifications, show
sender details, or a complete preview of the message.
Likewise, picture-in-picture mode for messages UI, OCR support
from Office Lens app, and other improvements are also coming to
the application soon.