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Business News/ Technology / News/  Windows 11 Beta: Microsoft introduces new tool for easy file sharing with Android Phones

Windows 11 Beta: Microsoft introduces new tool for easy file sharing with Android Phones

New Windows 11 beta update for Windows Insiders includes 'My Phone' feature for easy file sharing between Windows PCs and Android devices. Pair Android device with PC using specific apps, enabling quick transfer within Windows Share interface.

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Microsoft has introduced an innovative feature to simplify file sharing between Windows PCs and Android phones. As part of the latest Windows 11 beta update, it is available exclusively to members of the Windows Insiders program.

A key highlight of this update is the addition of a “My Phone" search icon within the Windows Share interface. This new functionality enables users to effortlessly transfer content from their Windows PC directly to their Android devices. The process is designed to be seamless, reducing the typical complications associated with cross-platform file transfers.

To utilize this feature, users must first pair their Android device with their Windows PC. This is a simple process that involves downloading the Link to Windows app on your Android device and the Phone Link application on your PC. Once both apps are installed, follow the on-screen instructions to complete the pairing. Once paired, the "My Phone" icon will appear in the Windows Share window, offering a quick and easy file transfer option.

In their announcement, Microsoft stated, "We are launching a feature that enables users to effortlessly share content with an Android device directly from the Windows share window. To use this, you need to pair your Android device with your Windows PC using the Link to Windows app on Android and the Phone Link app on your PC."

Currently, several methods exist for transferring files between PCs and Android devices, such as Google’s Quick Share feature. While these methods are effective, Microsoft’s new feature offers a unique advantage. By integrating the file-sharing process directly into the Windows ecosystem, it simplifies the process even further, making it more convenient and seamless for Windows Insiders.

The inclusion of this feature in the beta channel is an exciting development, suggesting a broader release may be on the horizon. This means that Windows Insiders have the opportunity to try out and provide feedback on this innovative feature before it becomes widely available. 

Additionally, the update addresses several issues. One fix resolves a problem where the taskbar failed to appear for a subset of users. Improvements have also been made to screen reader functionality, ensuring it now correctly announces the navigation of items in various flyouts within the open or save dialogue, as well as in File Explorer’s column header flyout.


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Published: 17 Jun 2024, 03:54 PM IST
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