Microsoft's phone program bridges the gap between your Windows 10 computer and a smartphone, enabling quick interactions with images taken with the phone's camera and the ability to send and receive texts directly from the computer. After trying and abandoning, using the phone as your computer with Continuum, Microsoft decided for an assistant role via your phone app. In the end, Microsoft hopes that your phone will evolve into something even bigger, so it's worth checking out.
The idea behind your phone is focus: Pulling out the phone is an unnecessary distraction within Windows. Microsoft believes that a text should be treated in the same way as an email message, such as a quick interaction that can be managed and then added aside.
It also doubles as a gateway of varieties for other Microsoft apps for your phone. You'll find a sidebar that encourages you to download apps like the Swiftkey keyboard, Microsoft News, and older apps like Microsoft Hyperlapse Mobile and Wordament. None of these are necessary for your phone to work.
How to configure your phone
To use your phone, you first need the update of Windows October 10, 2018, which bundles your phone app with it. Note that your phone is actually two apps: your phone app on Windows and your phone company app for Android. Make sure your phone and computer are on the same Wi-Fi network, as well as connected via Bluetooth.
In Windows, the app Your phone should be obvious. In beta buildings that follow up on the update of Windows October 10, 2018, a shortcut to the app saw your phone on the desktop of the computer, and it also appears after the release.
Your phone company for Android can either be downloaded via the link, or you can enter your phone number in your phone app. Microsoft sends a text to your phone with the download link inside it.
Unfortunately, it doesn't seem like a Your Phone Companion app for iOS. My colleague Brad Chacos said your phone reported that Apple's IOS could only send URLs from the phone to Windows.
Also note that the app Your Phone Companion is different from the obviously closed Phone Companion app originally launched with Windows 10. But there is a Photos Companion app for iOS, authored by Microsoft, which lets You send photos from your iPhone to Windows. Yes, this is terribly confusing. Therefore, we only focus on the Android app.
The mobile your Phone Connection app actually offers nothing as much as the current feature of the phone, at least for the moment – it only establishes your phone and the computer is linked, and offers suggestions for additional apps. If the two are not connected make sure both your phone and the computer are on the same Wi-Fi network, as well as connected via Bluetooth. I have found that Bluetooth is normally a culprit when your phone does not synchronize properly. "width =" 700 "height =" 1244 "data imageid =" 100783742 "data-license =" IDG "/> Mark Hachman / IDG Your phone company is nothing more than stating that your phone and computer are linked,
Your phone company is nothing more than stating that your phone and computer are linked,
Using your phone
In Windows, your phone app has two simple functions: it provides a repository for the phone's text messages, known as messages, as well as photos, messages can be written and answered on the computer keyboard. has taken a photo, your phone is designed to allow this photo to be available immediately for you to use or edit when you return to your computer.
Using your phone to send text is easy: just select a contact and either author or reply to a text for that person, however, it is a little clue: While your phone seemed to pull contacts from my Android phone, he did not understand how Google distinguished an SMS-compatible mobile phone from n a landline. In other words, if you want to create a new text message, you must double-click if you actually subtitle correct number.
Subtitles via your phone app are unfortunately subtitles : images and toxins are not transmitted and you will be asked to view the contents of your phone if you get something that the app cannot analyze. Rich Communication Services (aka joynyn) is also not supported. Maybe that's why messages are officially listed in the app as in preview?
The pictures in your phone are simple, although I encountered a few errors in my time using it. For one thing, synchronization can still be problematic, even if the phone is connected via Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, and remains in an unlocked mode. (Microsoft has not said that all three conditions must be in place for photos to work, even if I did it to test it.) Do something wrong and your phone might think the two are not connected.
Photos place a grid of screenshots and pictures taken with the phone in your phone app, up to a total of 25. You can right-click on each photo and copy and save it (at full resolution) elsewhere to the hard drive. Double-click on it to open the Photos app, where you can share it, add it to a creation, edit it or more.
A nice here is because the photo is on your phone, not your hard drive, you need to save a copy of the photo locally or on a backup if you make any changes to it. The fact that images are not stored locally also prevents you from deliberately or accidentally deleting an image from the Photos page of your phone, as this option is gray. (You can open the Windows 10 Photos app to remove the photo if you want.) Nor can you mark a photo as a favorite in your phone app.
Unfortunately, this means you can end up with several instances of the Photos app open on your computer – some display read-only files that you can't do anything with, while others are editable. It's a little awkward.
The Future of Your Phone
A good free alternative to your phone is the Dell Mobile Connect app. When limited to specific Dell computers, it is now available to all Windows computers and Android phones. Dell's Mobile Connect, like the Microsoft's Your Phone app, theoretically allows you to make calls from your computer and send texts.
The great bonus feature offered by Dell Mobile Connect is its ability to make a dial-up connection to your phone, allowing you to interact with mobile phone apps, all the way from your pocket. Dell Mobile Connect reflects the screen so you can do everything you can on your phone, albeit with little storage.
Microsoft said on stage on the Surface Pro 6 / Surface Laptop 2 launch it hopes to do the same with Your Phone sometime in the future. It's probably as nice to add phone calls and remote mirroring to your phone so that the app can reach Microsoft's dream of letting the phone go in your pocket.