[Update: Rolling Out] Microsoft Your Phone brings RCS and cross-device copy and paste to Windows if you have the Galaxy S20 or Z Flip
Microsoft has seemingly held a growing love for the Android platform in recent months, instigating a relationship with Samsung and integrating the company’s Your Phone app into Samsung smartphones. The premise is simple – link your Samsung smartphone to your computer and share notifications, make phone calls, and more between your phone and computer. The app was first launched alongside the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 but later made its way to other devices too. Now there are more exclusive Samsung features for the Galaxy S20 series and the Galaxy Z Flip – cross-device copy and paste, and RCS via Windows.
In the case of cross-device copy and paste as part of the Your Phone app, there’s no word as to whether or not that will always remain a Samsung exclusive, though it’s very likely to be. The support page for cross-device copy-paste is already live and it is available for Samsung Galaxy S20, Samsung Galaxy S20+, Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra, and Samsung Galaxy Z Flip devices only. It’s likely to remain a Samsung exclusive for some time, as the clipboard can only be read in Android 10 if the app is the active foreground application.
As for RCS, that technology has had somewhat of a rocky history, though carriers are finally beginning to implement it. Through the Your Phone app on the Galaxy S20 series of smartphones, you’ll be able to send RCS messages from your PC through your phone, with no word on there being an exclusivity time period or not. The feature was announced by Roberto Bojorquez on Twitter, a group program manager at Microsoft. You’ll need to use the default Samsung Messages app though, and there’s no word on whether or not this will also be available for the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip. You can download the Your Phone app below.
Proud to announce that we have partnered with the Samsung Messages team to bring RCS messaging support to #yourphone app via #linktowindows. Starting with the #galaxys20series you will be able to send and receive RCS texts from PC if your default SMS app is Samsung Messages!
— Roberto Bojorquez [Microsoft] (@bojorchess) February 15, 2020
Update: Rolling Out
Announced last month, cross-device copy and paste and RCS support is now rolling out to Microsoft Your Phone for some Samsung devices. Copy and paste can be found in the Your Phone app on your PC running Windows 10 April 2018 update or higher. RCS support works if you use Samsung Messages as your default SMS app on your Galaxy S20 series and run the aforementioned Windows version (assuming your carrier supports it).
The latest Your Phone update also allows the phone screen to go black when mirroring to your PC to save battery life. Make sure you’re on the latest Windows 10 Insiders build and Your Phone version with a Galaxy S20 or Galaxy Z Flip to try these features.