Windows 'Your Phone' app gives you access to Android files on a PC

You'll be able to drag and drop photos from your phone straight into a Windows application.

If you have an Android device and happen to be a Windows Insider in the Fast ring, as well, you're among the first people who can take Microsoft's "Your Phone" app for a spin. Microsoft has started testing the experimental application, which gives you easy access to the files on your phone from a Windows 10 PC. Sure, you can use third-party and cloud services (or you can email yourself), but the feature promises a more seamless way to access files across devices. When you access Your Phone on a computer, you'll see the most recent snapshots on your Android device. You'll then be able to drag and drop them straight into another app, like PowerPoint if you're doing a presentation.

Microsoft first announced the drag-and-drop experience earlier this year during its annual Build developer conference in Seattle. It will eventually be available for iPhone users, but only in a limited capacity, particularly to send the webpage you're viewing on mobile to a computer so you can continue watching videos or reading text on a bigger screen.

Your phone must be running Android 7.0 and above to be able to use the experimental feature. Simply fire up the Your Phone app and then download the corresponding mobile application. Once you've set things up, keep an eye out for a desktop pin rolling out in the next few weeks. It will give you even quicker access to the photos on your mobile device.