Your Phone Now Lets You Send Messages From Your Windows 10 PC

Posted on September 7, 2018 by Mehedi Hassan in Android, Windows 10 with 18 Comments

Microsoft is shipping a new update to the Your Phone app to Windows Insiders. The company is adding a major new feature to the app with today’s update, expanding the app’s functionality to new levels.

With today’s update, users can now sync their messages from their phone with their Windows 10 PC. This means you can read your existing conversations, and even send messages right from your Windows 10 PC. You can add emojis, send pictures, and more using the Your Phone app to send messages through your phone. The app supports group conversations as well and lets you write messages with your stylus through Windows Ink which is pretty cool.

But here’s the thing: this feature is only limited to Android phones. And that shouldn’t be a surprise, too. Apple’s iOS is very locked down and not so open, and Microsoft simply doesn’t have access to the resources to actually build the same feature for iPhone owners. This also isn’t the first Your Phone feature that doesn’t work for iPhone users — the ability to sync photos, for example, is only available to Android users as well. Ah well.

This isn’t the first time Microsoft has tried enabling syncing messages between your phone and PC. The feature was a mess in the past, completely flawed with reliability and performance issues. Microsoft’s latest take on the feature will hopefully work better, though I will have to try it out myself to see exactly how reliable and fast the feature works. I am not going to have high hopes, though.

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21 responses to “Your Phone Now Lets You Send Messages From Your Windows 10 PC”

  1. thalter

    Why is the application called "Your Phone" and not "My Phone"?

  2. wolters

    This is something I'd be very interested in, if they get it right and it works. Having to live in a mixed ecosystem, anything that may enhance my experience, I will welcome. I do use Android Messages on phone and web and love it. But having a Note 9 and Galaxy Watch, I'd love to try Samsung Messages so I can have the full text experience with the watch. But man, Samsung's Windows 10 apps (Messages, Gallery, Samsung Notes) are just awful. If Microsoft can get this right with messaging, that would be a big win.

  3. UbelhorJ

    Of all the useless features Microsoft has crammed into Windows 10, this one I'm actually wanting. Google's web based Android messages feels like a backup to a standard solution that doesn't exist. It works really well for a web app, but it doesn't work if I forget to keep it running and it forces me to use Google's own messages app instead of the one that came with my phone and matches the rest of the OS.

  4. dcdevito

    I've used Google Voice/Hangouts for many years, and have since switched to Android Messages. And it works great, so I don't see the point of this app (unless I'm missing something)

  5. zenith601

    It actually works pretty flawless. I am impressed, just tried to send and receive sms, no issues and fast. Looking at the permission requested, seems like the app on Win10 is pulling the contacts from the phone, so even if you do not have your phone contacts synced you should still be able to find them when selecting to whom address the message.

    Way better than the flaky implementation MS did before through Cortana.

  6. krabago

    I'm not seeing Messages in mine even though I updated Windows 10 to today's build and the Your Phone app was updated to 1.0.12273.0. Is this the right version? Anything else I need to do?

    Update: I guess the Your Phone app needed to be updated twice today before I could see Messages.

    • JustDavid

      In reply to krabago:

      Mine is showing version 1.0.12354.0, and I cannot see anything about messages either. I wonder what version of 'Your Phone' is required? The Store shows no updates available so I am baffled.

      Update: Just checked for updates in the Store again and 'Your Phone' updated to version 1.0.12432.0 and there is a section for Messages

  7. MikeCerm

    Now that Android Messages (or whatever Google's official messaging app is called) supports doing this on the web, all this really needs to be is a UWP-packaged version of that. I hope Microsoft isn't overthinking this.

  8. Winner

    I can already easily do that from Google messages in Chrome to my Android, no Microsoft software needed.

  9. spacein_vader

    So then Google AND Microsoft can scrape your messages and sell your ad profile to the highest bidder! Progress!

  10. jimchamplin

    “But does it work?” is the question.

    Last time they tried this, they couldn’t even make it work reliably with their own mobile platform. Hopefully they learned from that debacle.

  11. prettyconfusd

    I had to reset the app and re-connect it to my phone to get messages to work but now it's hooked up it's great!

    The first few texts I sent seemed to take a while to go but after a minute or so it's pretty instantaneous for both sending and receiving - it also doesn't require me to change to a different texting app (I use Textra, I love the interface and customisation).

    Still, this is the fourth time since Windows 10 came out that I've had this functionality (original w10 messages app, Skype relay, Cortana, now this) in three years!

    I'm hoping this is the one that sticks but who knows? It's certainly a positive start at least!

  12. DavidSlade

    I have not been able to get this to work on one of my pcs. I have gone through all the troubleshooting steps multiple times and it refuses to connect to my S8 phone. The allow notification does not come up on the phone. It works well connecting this phone to a laptop.

    I guess you can only connect one pc?

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