Hands on with Windows 11’s redesigned Your Phone app


As anticipated, Windows 11’s Your Phone app new design is now rolling out to testers within the Dev Channel. Like Microsoft’s different Windows apps (Calculator, Microsoft Store, Paint or Media Player), Your Phone app’s new lick of paint is generally about rounded corners and WinUI controls.

Microsoft touts Your Phone app as one of the helpful instruments for each Windows 11 and Windows 10. Your Phone app enables you to join your Android cellphone with your Windows gadget, and it saves you from selecting up your cellular gadget repeatedly to test notifications, calls, apps, and many others.

Your Phone app has slowly grow to be an especially great tool within the working system so long as you will have a supported Samsung Galaxy cellphone. As a part of the Windows 11 refresh, Your Phone app is getting some minor enhancements that may make it even higher, particularly in the event you use the app to observe cellular notifications.

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The up to date Your Phone app places the notification panel front-and-center. As you possibly can see within the above screenshots, the notifications tab is now pinned to the left facet panel and Microsoft has moved the navigation bar to the highest of the window.

Messages, Photos, Apps, and Calls tabs are tucked inside the new navigation bar.

The notification feed is now much less cluttered and it supplies simpler entry to essential notifications, which have been beforehand accessible by way of a devoted notifications tab. The firm says the up to date companion brings an organized feed of real-time notifications to the desktop.

Additionally, the app additionally helps the brand new design language of Windows 11 to match the remainder of the expertise, so that you’ll discover new buttons, rounded corners and Mica materials utilized to the Your Phone window.

The different options of the app stay unchanged. For instance, Microsoft has retained the Your Phone app’s flagship function to stream Android apps, which suggests there are actually two methods to run Android apps on Windows 11: Your Phone app and Windows Subsystem for Android, downloadable by way of the Microsoft Store.

Other app updates for Windows 11

As we famous to start with, Microsoft has additionally began to roll out a brand new Media Player for Windows 11 within the Dev Channel. It replaces the Groove Music app that’s been round for the reason that unique model of Windows 10. Like Your Phone app, Media Player relies on WinUI controls and it really comes with a brand new function: help for streaming movies.

This is just the start of latest app experiences on Windows 11 and Microsoft will announce extra enhancements within the coming weeks.