Microsoft’s “Your Phone” app can help you get data and features from your phone on Windows, but the software maker has an exclusive partnership with Samsung to enhance this connection. Samsung owners already had semi-exclusive notification and call synchronization, and next up is file sync. In just a few clicks, you can move files between your phone and computer, provided you’re running the right build of Windows.
Microsoft launched its Your Phone app in late 2018, allowing Windows 10 users to link the computer to any Android or iPhone device. Microsoft’s partnership with Samsung ensures that devices like the Galaxy S10 and S20 get new Windows integrations first. For example, the call from Windows feature that was unveiled last year. The Your Phone mobile client is also integrated with Samsung’s software, making it easier to enable and set up.
The latest addition to Samsung’s Windows integration is part of a new Insiders build — regular users will have to wait a bit for the feature to roll out widely. To use file transfers in Your Phone, the two devices need to be connected to the same Wi-Fi network, but they probably already are, and this saves you from digging around for a cable every time you want to move some files. You can navigate your phone’s files via the desktop app, and then drag the files to the desired location on your PC’s file system. You can also select files on your PC and drag them into the Your Phone app to transfer them to the Samsung device.
This might not completely eliminate the need for cable transfers, though. The 100-file limit on concurrent transfers probably won’t be an issue, but the limit of 512MB per file might be. If you need to move anything larger, you’ll have to use a cable or a third-party sync solution. The feature does at least work with all file types. If it’s on your device, Your Phone will move it to the other one.
You need to have a supported phone for file transfers, which doesn’t even include all Samsung devices. The full suite of Your Phone features will only work on Samsung’s flagship devices from 2019 and 2020 including the Galaxy S10, Note 10, and Galaxy S20. If you do have one of those devices, you should get the file transfer capabilities in the next mainstream Windows 10 feature update.
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