This past week, Microsoft released an updated version of their Your Phone app that introduced the ability to send and receive SMS text messages on your Windows 10 device from your Android phone.

Currently this app is available to any Windows Insiders on Redstone 5, 19H1 and Windows 10 Version 1803 enrolled in the Release Preview ring.

I shared images of the updated app and the phone based permissions in my earlier article and figured everything was good to go after updating the app on my devices. So when I was sitting at one of them and attempting to send an SMS test message through the Your Phone app it just hung there trying to send the message. So I tried another message with the same results.

Next I moved to a different device and got the same results.  I moved onto something else at that point and decided I would come back to troubleshooting it later.

About an hour later I picked up my Samsung Galaxy S9+ and found an alert which I was not expecting.

Your Phone Messaging

Turns out there was one more permissions related step on the phone to connect the Your Phone app to the phone itself to send the messages.

Your Phone Messaging

I selected the option to always remember this permission but you can go back to the phone and revoke that if necessary afterwards.

This extra permissions step is only needed once and then all instances of Your Phone will properly send messages through your Android.

How is your experience with the updated Your Phone app so far?

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