Microsoft is Testing Notification Responses in Your Phone App

Posted on September 27, 2019 by Paul Thurrott in Android, Mobile, Windows 10 with 12 Comments

Microsoft’s Your Phone app for Windows 10 is being updated to support responding to Android notifications.

“Windows Insiders, Your Phone now lets you respond to your notifications from the Notifications page in the app as well as from [banner notifications],” Microsoft’s Aarthi Hatter tweeted.

As you may know, the shipping version of Your Phone currently lets you view all of the notifications from your Android-based handset, but it doesn’t support triaging them or, when possible, responding. Which means that you’ll see them, but that’s about it.

I assume that the Insiders reference in the tweet means that the ability to respond to Android-based notifications is now available to one or more rings in the Windows 10 Insider Preview Program, which is now testing both Windows 10 version 1909 (Slow and Release Preview rings) and version 20H1 (Fast ring). And that this feature will make its way to the shipping versions of Windows 10 soon.

Your Phone can still be pretty unreliable, in my experience, but Microsoft has dramatically expanded its capabilities this year after a slow start, and it will add the ability to make and receive phone calls soon as well.

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Comments (12)

12 responses to “Microsoft is Testing Notification Responses in Your Phone App”

  1. JoePaulson

    It would be really nice if Apple would play ball and let MS integrate just a little bit with iOS to do some of this with iPhones.

    • hallmanac

      In reply to JoePaulson:

      Agreed. I moved to a Note 9 last year after a few years on iPhone 6s plus. I like it well enough but the apps are just not as polished as they are with iOS.

      Pretty much my entire family and friends are on iOS so I miss out on facetime, iMessages, find-my-friends, etc.. Plus the watch ecosystem for Android is abysmal. I want to switch back to iOS but I work at my Windows PC all day and I have become dependent on the web app that allows me to send and receive text messages from my PC. Plus the "Your Phone" app is going in a great direction that excites me.

      I just can't understand why Apple thinks that locking down iMessages integrations (and other things) to Macs is helping to sell them. I'm one person who will not switch to a Mac. My wife (a "normal" user) is another. Among other reasons, the keyboard just doesn't cut it for me. Someone will either buy a Mac or they won't. I think they would maybe sell more iPhones if they integrated better with PCs (or other third parties in general).

  2. cwfinn

    On my Galaxy S7 Edge, Your Phone was spotty but since I moved to the Galaxy Note 10+, Your Phone has been a real pleasure. Your mileage may vary...

    • wolters

      In reply to cwfinn:

      I can confirm. YourPhone works near flawlessly on the Note 10+. I used it on a Pixel 3 XL and it was hit and miss. The power of the Note 10+ may keep me on it, even if the camera is less than stellar...but I think I can live with it...

  3. dontbeevil

    they're doing a really good job with "your phone" UWP

  4. remc86007

    I love these capabilities and its why I ditched my iPhone for a Note 10, but is there some trademark reason it can't be called "Phone" or at least "My Phone"??

  5. Ekim

    This app has a lot of promise however as previously commented, it's still pretty spotty. I need to be able to pair it up with 2 desktops and it seems to have problems with that. It also seems to be really picky about the bluetooth connection. My Surface Pro 6 has no trouble with it but my normal desktop does. For the record I have a Samsung Galaxy S8.

  6. ErichK

    I love this app, but it seems like it's reliability is in direct proportion to how close my phone is to my PC.

  7. tkiessoftware

    Thank you for the information!

  8. hallmanac

    Apple needs to get their head out of the sand and allow these integrations with PCs. I truly believe they are keeping people from purchasing iPhones because of it.

    Anyone know, are these integrations eventually coming to the Note 9? That's my current device.

  9. aavighna

    Thanks for your valuable Information