Microsoft’s ‘Your Phone’ PC app for Android phones gets a huge upgrade, is now called ‘Phone Link

What you need to know

  • Microsoft has announced a huge revamp for its Your Phone app.
  • The app is now called “Phone Link” and it’s being redesigned with a new visual UI, tabbed navigation, and a focus on notifications.
  • The phone companion app is being renamed “Link to Windows,” which was previously exclusive to phones like Galaxy devices.

Microsoft has just introduced a major redesign for its Your Phone app, which connects Android phones to Windows PCs. The app is getting a new look and —finally — a new name, and will now be called “Phone Link.”

Along with the welcome name change, the new Phone Link UI features a revamped visual experience, one that Microsoft says “brings notifications upfront.” In the PC app, you’ll find a panel of notifications directly under your phone’s status and quick settings toggles, an area previously home to the side navigation panel for messages, photos, and apps. Now, these functions can be accessed from their new placement at the top of the app.

As far as notifications, the new permanent placement gives you an even better view of the notifications synced from your Android phones. For instance, when the side panel is minimized, you’ll still have a visual representation of your notifications thanks to a row of app icons, so you’ll know which apps are notifying you at any given moment. And clicking on the notifications will give you the option to respond in-line or open the app on your desktop (for supported Android phones).

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In addition to the major revamp, users on Windows 11 will receive an even bigger refresh “to deliver a native app experience on the new Windows 11 OS.” This includes rounded corners, new iconography, and an updated color palette.

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