Microsoft Expands Your Phone ‘Calling’ Functionality to More Android Devices

Posted on October 8, 2019 by Brad Sams in Windows, Windows 10 with 19 Comments

Earlier this year, at the Samsung Unpacked event, Microsoft and Samsung announced a feature that was, at the time, limited to the Note 10. The feature allowed you to answer calls on your PC using Your Phone, that functionality is expanding to other devices.

As part of the new Windows 10 build that is being released today, Your Phone is being updated to support other devices with this functionality, as long as it meets the minimum spec requirements: Android 7.0 and Windows 10 19H1.

If your phone meets these requirements, you can answer incoming calls, start calls on your PC, decline incoming calls, access recent history, and transfer calls between PC and your phone seamlessly.

Also happening today is the availability of Windows 10 build 18999 and in this release, everyone can now resize and move the Cortana window. That’s about it for big changes with this release and you can grab it from the Fast ring right now.

As always, before installing the build, make sure to check out the known issues before proceeding.

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Comments (19)

19 responses to “Microsoft Expands Your Phone ‘Calling’ Functionality to More Android Devices”

  1. nbplopes

    I think this is a great feature ... if it works well.

  2. recklessprocess

    This is wildly incomplete. I have purchased a good half dozen of blutooth adapters on my desktop PC and NONE were compatible with MyPhone.

    At this point I do not believe that there are any Blutooth adapters for the PC that will allow this to work on my Samsung Galaxy 10 and my Desktop PC.

    It is really puzzling how all these people who review these things do not have desktop computers or refuse to use anything but their laptops.

  3. HachingMonkey

    As the owner of a Chromebook and an Android phone, I'm continually baffled by the lack of integration between the two. And why Microsoft has to create these features.

  4. rbwatson0

    So... I just upgraded to build 18999 and still don't have either feature you mention. *Cue sad trombone music. Wah wah waaah

  5. Winner

    What a great idea! I can use my phone to talk on my PC! I don't have to talk on my PC without a phone using Microsoft.....Skype!

    Exactly what benefit is this supposed to provide again?

    • nbplopes

      In reply to Winner:

      Call and receive calls to and from people with your cell phone from a PC for which you already pay a monthly subscription for that matter, what I the problem with that? Cell phones are ubiquitous, Skype is not.

      Why you feel the need to pay another monthly subscription (skype number) to another telco (skype) for the privilege blews my mind. That does not look like a Winner kind of reasoning.

      Got it?

    • jgraebner

      In reply to Winner:

      Main benefit that I can think of is that if you have a headset already connected to your PC (such as for video conferencing), you can take (or make) a call on your phone without having to switch the connection.

      Would also provide ability to take a call from the PC if your phone is in a bag (or potentially even in another room) and not quickly accessible.

  6. craigb

    Its has the makings of a great app. The connectivity has improved and once it mirrors the screen on the PC then it will be a dream to use. With a Bluetooth headset and the ability to make and receive calls with your PC it will be fantastic!

  7. coeus89

    is it insiders only or for everybody?

    • Dan1986ist

      In reply to coeus89:

      Per Microsoft's blog post for 18999 it says: "This feature will gradually roll out to Insiders on 19H1 builds or newer, so it may take a few days to be available inside the Your Phone app." So, according to that it sounds like it's for those with 1903 and later.

    • jgraebner

      Looks like it is Insiders. Probably should make that a bit more clear in the article.

  8. IanYates82

    Brad, is build 18999 a 19h2 release or a 20h1 release?

    It's not related to the rest of the article, or do we need to be insiders to get this new 19h1 functionality? (as others below are also questioning)

  9. jim_vernon

    Someone help me out here...why is it that adding new features to Store apps requires new builds of Windows?

    • jimchamplin

      In reply to Jim_Vernon:

      There may be underlying code in Windows that allows for that level of syncing that Your Phone interacts with.

      The same version of the app will eventually roll out to users on 1809 and 1903 but it’s doubtful they’ll have that feature.

    • codymesh

      In reply to Jim_Vernon:

      they release it to people running insider builds first (for testing, presumably), but eventually they roll it out to all compatible versions (1903 onwards)