Microsoft testing new feature to share files to Android easier

By Shilpa Annie Joseph, Official Reporter
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Microsoft is reportedly rolling out the ability to quickly share content to an Android phone from a share window on a Windows PC.

Microsoft allows for greater synergy between a Windows PC and a smartphone, letting users reply to text, receive and make calls, and check their phone notifications directly from the computer.

The Phone Link app on PC, which syncs both Android phones and iPhones with Windows, also lets users share files between devices. Now, Windows is making file sharing from PC to Android more streamlined.

With the feature, hitting share on a file will now show up a quick share window that will display the user’s Android phone that has been paired with the PC.

According to Microsoft, users must have their smartphone paired to their Windows PC using the Link to Windows app on Android and Phone Link on their PC for the feature to work. Only paired Android smartphones will show up in the share window and there’s no indication yet if the feature will be extended to iPhone.

“Currently, right-clicking on a file on Windows and selecting Share opens the share window with the options to quickly send the file to your email contacts or share it via Nearby Share feature or other applications,” as per the statement.

The feature was announced as part of updates rolling out to the Beta Channel with Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 22635.3785. These features may take time to be widely available to all Windows 11 users.

Other improvements being tested with the Preview Build include tweaks to the Windows Spotlight feature, in addition to other fixes for known issues. The update will make it easier for users to change images and engage with the Windows Spotlight experience on the desktop.

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