Windows 11: Microsoft Explores Seamless Integration of Android Photos with Instant Access Feature

Microsoft is set to enhance the user experience for Windows 11 users by offering rapid access to photos and screenshots captured on their Android smartphones. According to the company’s recent announcement, a Windows system tray alert will promptly appear after the user takes a new snapshot on their Android device. Clicking on this alert will seamlessly open the image in the Snipping Tool app, enabling users to perform further edits or share the content effortlessly.

The Windows Insider team elaborated on the new feature, stating, “This feature introduces the ability to effortlessly access and edit your most recent photos and screenshots from your Android mobile device in Snipping Tool on your PC.” Users will now receive instant notifications on their PC whenever a new photo or screenshot is taken on their Android device.

This change is gradually being rolled out to Windows Insiders in the Canary and Dev Channels who are running Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 23619. To activate this feature, users can navigate to Settings > Bluetooth & devices > Mobile devices, select “Manage devices,” and grant their PC permission to connect with their Android smartphone. Additionally, an update to Cross Device Experience Host will be applied via the Microsoft Store to enable this feature.

It’s worth noting that this new functionality replaces the previously introduced remote capture feature, which was made available to Windows Insiders in September for those running Phone Link version 1.23082.123.0 or newer.


Duncan is a technology professional with over 20 years experience of working in various IT roles. He has a interest in cyber security, and has a wide range of other skills in radio, electronics and telecommunications.

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