Some Android phone users can now access Android mobile apps directly from their Windows 10 ($ 160 on Amazon) PC, thanks to an update to the Your Phone app that Microsoft is launching to the public this week.
The update, which was first announced duringEvent on August 5, you can pin your favorite Android mobile apps to the Taskbar or Start menu on your Windows 10 computer for quick and easy access. The apps open in separate windows from the Your Phone app, so you can use them in much the same way as on your phone. With many people still working from home because of , the ability to access phone apps on a larger desktop or laptop screen, with a mouse, pen or touch screen, can help with multitasking.
Although the feature is generally rolling out now, it is currently available for. Find the full list of supported phones on the Microsoft Support Web site.
What does it take to run Android apps on your Windows 10 computer?
In addition to a Samsung Galaxy phone (at least for now) you need a computer running the Windows 10 October 2019 update or later. Check which version you are running on your computer by going to settings > Updates and security > Check for update. (If you need to upgrade, you can still.)
You also need the latest version of the app Your Phone and Link to Windows. On your phone, you need to run Android 9.0 or later with the Link to Windows integration.
Finally, your phone and computer must be on the same Wi-Fi network for the feature to work.
Read more at TechRepublic: Windows 10: A cheat sheet
How to run Android apps on your Windows 10 computer
When you have everything you need and your phone and computer are connected, the Your Phone App window will appear on your desktop. To open your Android apps on your desktop:
- Click the apps shortcut from the menu on the left. You see a list of all apps on your phone.
- Click on the app you want in the list and it will open in a separate window on your computer.
Note that not all apps work with your mouse or keyboard, but many will.
And here are some more tips for interacting with your mobile apps on your mouse and keyboard, according to Microsoft:
- One click will behave in the same way as in a simple touch / press interaction.
- Right click anywhere on the phone screen to navigate to the previous page.
- Click and hold will behave in the same way as a push / hold interaction.
- Click and hold and drag to select content.
- Mouse scrolling to move between the pages vertically or horizontally.
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