Note: We’ve changed the name of the Your Phone app to Microsoft Phone Link. In addition, the Your Phone Companion app for Android is now called Link to Windows. For more information, see Introducing Microsoft Phone Link and Link to Windows.

What you can do with photos

The Phone Link app lets you view the photos you’ve taken with your Android device.

In addition, you can:

  • Save a photo to your PC

  • Edit a photo from your Android device on your PC

  • Delete a photo from your Android device on your PC

  • Share a photo with someone else

  • Copy a photo and paste it into an Office document, an email message, or to your desktop

  • Insert a picture into a text message

Selecting a photo opens it into a gallery view. Here, you'll be able to view and take action on your photo.

You can open your photo using the Windows Photos app to edit it as you like. If you save your changes, they'll be saved as a new file and your original photo remains unchanged on your Android device.

Note: The Phone Link app doesn't currently support multiple Android profiles or work/school accounts.

If you encounter issues with photos, these troubleshooting tips may help. 

Save a photo to your PC

  1. In the Phone Link app, select Photos.

  2. Find the photo you want, then drag it with your mouse onto the PC desktop. A copy of the original photo is saved on your PC desktop.

  1. In the Phone Link app, select Photos.

  2. Long-press a photo (or right-click if using a mouse), and then select Save as.

  3. Navigate to the folder where you want save the image, and then click Save.

You can then paste the photo into an Office document, an email message, or to your desktop.

Edit a photo from your Android device on your PC

You can open an image in Windows Photo Editor, modify it as you wish, and save it on your PC.

Windows Photo Editor lets you edit an image, print it, add it to a slide show or album, and more. You can crop or rotate an image, apply a color filter or adjust the lighting, or even draw on the image. 

  1. In the Phone Link app, select Photos.

  2. In the grid view, select the photo you want to save. A larger version of the image appears.

  3. On the toolbar at the top right, select Open to open it in Windows Photo Editor.

  4. In Photo Editor, select Edit & Create > Edit.

  5. At the top of the window, select the option that reflects what you want to do: Crop & rotate, Filters, and Adjustments.

  6. Follow the prompts to make your changes. To crop the image, simply select one of the corner handles on the image and drag.

  7. To save your changes, select Save a copy at the bottom right corner of the window.

In Photo Editor, when you save your changes, they'll be saved as a new image file on your PC; your original photo remains unchanged on your Android device.

You can easily send the edited version of the image back to your Android device:

  1. Select Start, and type File Explorer in the Search box.

  2. In File Explorer, navigate to the location of the edited photo, then select the file.

  3. Right-click the image and select Send to > Bluetooth device.

  4. In the window that opens, select your Android device, then select Next.

  5. On your Android device, accept the prompt to transfer the file.

Delete a photo from your Android device

Now, you can delete individual photos on your Android device directly from your PC by using the Phone Link app. Photos are deleted from your Android device’s local storage only — any photos that you delete won’t be removed from any cloud backups that you have.

To delete a photo:

  1. Right-click the photo that you'd like to delete.

  2. Select Delete from the menu.

  3. Confirm Delete photo on the confirmation screen, or choose Cancel if you've changed your mind.

While the photo is being deleted from your Android device, it will be greyed out in the Phone Link app and removed from view once the process is complete. 

Note: Please wait for a photo to be deleted before refreshing. Refreshing the page may interrupt the process of deleting your photo. 

No, the Phone Link app does not connect to any of your cloud backups. Deleting photos in the Phone Link app will only delete photos in your Android device’s local storage.  

When you delete photos using the Phone Link app, they’re only being deleted from your Android device’s local storage. You may still see them in your cloud backups. 

Your Gallery may be connected to a cloud account, displaying backed-up versions of your photos.  

Currently, you can only delete one photo at time.  

Note: You can start deleting the next photo while your device is finishing deleting a previous photo. However, don’t refresh the page, as this may interrupt the process and prevent your photos from being deleted.  

Photos are deleted from your Android device. If your Android device has “trash can” or “recycle bin” functionality, then deleted photos will appear there.  

Yes, in the Phone Link app settings. Go to Settings > Features > Photos and turn off the toggle next to Allow this app to delete photos from my phone

Share a photo with someone else

When you share a picture a person, it's sent to them via email from your PC.

When you share a picture with an app, a copy of the image is opened in that app.

  1. Select and hold (or right-click) the photo, and select Share.

  2. In the Share window, select the person or app you want to share with.

Copy and paste a photo

To copy or save a photo:

  • Long-press a photo (or right-click if using a mouse) to Copy or Save as.

You can paste the photo into an Office document, an email message, or on your PC's desktop. Learn more about copying and pasting content between your devices (for Surface Duo and select Samsung devices). 

Insert a picture in a text message

You can't copy a photo directly into a text message, but you can insert photos from the Phone Link app or your PC into a message

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