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Force enable Your Phone app’s secret hidden features in Windows 10

How to force enable Your Phone app's hidden features in Windows 10

In a number of previous blog posts I've mentioned a variety of features that are coming to the Your Phone app in Windows 10, but not yet available even to Insiders. Here's how to force enable them, and give a try to Picture-in-Picture mode, phone status indicators, and more.

Windows 10 comes with a special app, Your Phone, that allows pairing your Android or iOS smartphone with your desktop computer and browse your phone data on the PC.

Recent versions of Your Phone app show a notification toast for a message received on your paired Android phone.

Your Phone was first introduced during Build 2018. The app is intended to allow users to sync their smartphones running Android or iOS with Windows 10. The app allows syncing Messages, Photos, and Notifications with a device running Windows 10, e.g. to view and edit photos stored on your smartphone directly on the computer.

Since its first introduction, the app has received tons of new features and improvements. The app supports Dual SIM devices.  In addition to the battery level indicator, and inline replies, the app is able to render the background image of your smartphone.

The upcoming version of the Your Phone app, according to Florian B, is able to display status bar icons from the linked phone right in the app's UI.

It also features a Picture-in-Picture option, allowing you to open a conversation window for a contact, which is not integrated into the app's UI, and can be placed anywhere on the screen, and resized.

Some of these new features are hidden and not accessible for regular Insiders and users. However, it is possible to enable them by following the steps below.

To force enable Your Phone app's hidden features in Windows 10,

  1. Visit the following GitHub page and download the ZIP archive by clicking on the Download Zip button.
  2. Extract the archive contents to any folder you like.
  3. Unblock the downloaded files.
  4. Now, right-click on the run-me-as-administrator.cmd file and select Run as administrator from the menu.
  5. Wait for the script to finish its work. You will see a message DONE. Press a key to continue.

The script is created by Rafael Rivera.

This way, you can unblock Your Phone remoting, notification and other experiments, including Picture-in-Picture, and more.

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4 thoughts on “Force enable Your Phone app’s secret hidden features in Windows 10

  1. matthiew

    Is it just me, or is the term picture-in-picture being misused here? It looks like a separate window to me

    Reply
    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      Maybe. It is called PiP due to the same controls Microsoft use to open/close the flyout.

      Reply

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