Microsoft’s “Your Phone” app for Windows 10 is a useful app for Android users to quickly do things like reply to text messages and transfer photos from your phone to computer. But on new Samsung Galaxy devices, it will be much more useful: you can soon control apps on the phone directly from your computer.
Of course, there are some regulations right now. To get started, you need a compatible Galaxy phone. Second, your computer must be in the latest Insider Build of Windows 10. Your computer and phone must also be on the same Wi-Fi network.
Once all the boxes are checked, you should be able to play your phone app on your Windows computer (and go through the installation process if you have not already done so) and start remote control of your phone and all apps on it. The two already seem to be pretty well integrated with the ability to pin some Android apps directly to the Windows taskbar. This is the closest Microsoft will offer Android apps on Windows anyway.
That said, there are some limitations to the note, according to Microsoft:
- Some apps may block the ability to cast to other screens and you will see a black screen instead.
- Some games and apps may not respond to interactions from your PC mouse or keyboard. You must use a touch-enabled computer to interact with them.
- Audio from apps is played from your mobile device.
- The ability to run multiple apps will be launched later in the year.
Despite this, this is a pretty line-up update. This is not the first time the software allows users to remotely control their phone, but it seems to be the most seamless. Here is hoping that there will be more, non-Samsung, phones soon.