Windows 10’s New Your Phone Experience Launches in Redstone 5

Posted on July 31, 2018 by Mehedi Hassan in Windows, Windows 10 with 22 Comments

Microsoft is releasing a new build of Windows 10 Redstone 5 to Insiders in the Fast Ring. The company is releasing a major new feature with the latest build of Windows 10, bringing the new Your Phone app. The experience is listed as a new feature in the latest build, though Microsoft’s blog post says it’s “coming soon”.

The new cross-platform experience, first announced back at Build 2018, allows users to access content from their phone on their PC. The experience is supposed to make working between your phone and computer much easier, eliminating the need for transferring content manually. With the first version of Your Phone, Microsoft is enabling syncing of photos between your Android device and computer.

Once you setup Your Phone in Windows 10, you will be asked to install an app on your Android phone which likely enables the syncing facilities. After that, you will be able to access all the pictures taken on your Android device from your PC. You can even drag-and-drop these pictures from the Your Phone app into other apps like Word, PowerPoint, Twitter, etc.

For iOS users, there really isn’t anything to see here. This is a very early version of Your Phone, so the experience is really limited for now. And on iOS, the “app helps you to link your phone” to your PC, via Edge for iOS. Microsoft wants to add much more advanced features to the app, including support for syncing your messages and notifications. That’s not here yet — and if you are on iOS, you likely won’t see many of the advanced features because of the limited nature of Apple’s OS.

If you want to give Your Phone a try, you can get the new build from Windows Update. The build also includes some other minor improvements, so make sure to checkout the full changelog here.

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22 responses to “Windows 10’s New Your Phone Experience Launches in Redstone 5”

  1. mmcpher

    Be nice if you could "continue on" or "cast to" from your phone to your desktop.

  2. allanwith

    You know, back when Microsoft had their own mobile platform, I was thinking they had this big opportunity to do something like this as they had more or less the same operating system on mobile and desktop. Surely that would allow them to do some unique stuff, such as seemless integration between the two... then came continuum and I was hoping that would bring such Continuity like features with it... but it never materialized.

    How ironic that it would take Android in order for it to happen. Anyway, not complaining about it, just lamenting.

  3. maglezs

    Maybe this app is about choice because I'm using Android + OneDrive and everything just works.

  4. Michael Sorrentino

    Can't OneDrive already do automatic backup of photos from both iPhone and Android if the user enables the feature? This seems like another of Microsoft's lets have two services/apps that do the same thing.

  5. glenn8878

    Downloading photos to my PC from iPhone is absolutely buggy. The Import feature in the Photos app always stalls. Does this fix this? I can’t tell if my iPhone or Windows can trust each other, thus cancelling the photo import. There’s no way to make it work. I never had this problem with Windows 7.

  6. BBoileau

    I do agree that this feature is already a part of One Drive. I would add that I see this as an early version of multiple syncing features to allow seamless integration between phone and PC. Given that Microsoft is not in the mobile phone game and is a software company trying to remain relevant, I see this app and its potential features as a way to promote its PC relevance and keep them in the game. No doubt Apple and Google are working with similar integration, Microsoft is in the best position to succeed, since their OS still dominates on the non-mobile device.

  7. kshsystems

    Onedrive aleady does photo sync. So what is the actual point of "Your Phone"?

    is this going to provide cloud clipboard cut/paste functionality?

    something else?

  8. irfaanwahid

    I think it's time to buy one Android phone as Microsoft can really toy with ideas with Android platform unlike iPhone's closed walls.

    I own iPhone X but a lot into Microsoft ecosystem and vision.. and their direction is pretty much clear as for now. They are heavily investing in Android platform, specially with Timeline in MS Launcher and now Phone integration.

  9. sshap23

    Are there any Android tablets that would support this?

  10. madthinus

    Big assumption that this will ship with RS5

  11. anchovylover

    Just use Google Photos on desktop and it's all there.

  12. bfarkas

    Not much different than using OneDrive photo backup now on either android or iOS.....

  13. dnationsr

    u can do that

  14. Rob_Wade

    I believe you can already have photos stored automatically on OneDrive.

    • PeteB

      In reply to Rob_Wade:

      Literally no point ti OneDrive when Google Photos and iPhotos are not only default but superior in every way and vertically integrated.

      • allanwith

        In reply to PeteB:

        I agree with what you are saying: the Microsoft Photos app SHOULD be on iOS and Android ;)

      • MikeCerm

        In reply to PeteB:

        What if you don't want Google to have all your photos?

        Also, a lot of people hate Apple Photos/iCloud because its confusing about what's on your device and what's in the cloud, e.g., deleting from your device also deletes from the cloud. Better to have a 3rd party handle it.

  15. micklord

    So, it wants me to install the Microsoft Launcher... I'm not changing everything about how my phone works (I use Action Launcher 3), just so I can have this one app which is not much better than OneDrive really. Normally a big fan of Microsoft, but this is useless.