One of the coolest announcements Samsung displayed at its Unpacked 2020 event was new functionality coming to the Your Phone app on Windows 10 that will give you full control of your Samsung device on PC.
The Your Phone app already lets Android users view notifications, texts, and files on their Windows 10 PC, but soon you’ll be able to run apps and mirror your device’s screen directly from your PC’s desktop.
Android apps will behave like a native Windows application; they run in their own app windows and can be pinned to your Windows taskbar and Start menu. And since everything runs off your phone, you won’t need to install the apps on PC. You can even mirror your device’s main screen in a separate window on your desktop while other apps are running.
The recently announced Samsung Note 20 and Note 20 Ultra will be able to run multiple apps simultaneously on desktop, but the other features will work on any Samsung device running Android 9 pie that supports the Link to Windows feature.
The new Your Phone app features are in beta and should be available publicly soon. Windows Insiders on the latest dev, beta, or release preview builds can try it early.
How to run Samsung Android apps in Windows 10 via Link to Windows
Whether you wait for the Your Phone update to release publicly or opt-in for early access, here’s how to get everything set up so you can run your Samsung phone’s app in Windows:
- Make sure your phone and PC are on and connected to the same wifi network.
- Install the Your Phone app on your Windows 10 PC (Microsoft Store).
- Run the app and sign in with your Microsoft account when prompted.
- On your Samsung device, swipe down on the screen to open the quick-access menu.
- Tap the “Link to Windows” icon. Sign in with your Microsoft account again, then follow the on-screen instructions.
- Once your phone and PC are connected, the Your Phone app window should appear on your desktop.
- Click the “Apps” shortcut from the left-hand menu to see a list of all applications installed on your device.
- Click an app from the list to run it on your PC (note: some apps may not have full keyboard/mouse support, and may have visual/audio display errors). You can also click “Open Phone’s Screen” to mirror the device’s screen in a separate window.
Once the app is open on your desktop, you can drag it around or swap to other programs like with any other Windows 10 application window.
To control Android apps in Windows:
- Single click to single tap
- Double click to double tap
- Click and hold to tap/hold
- Right-click on the screen to return to previous page/screen
- Click and drag to select content
- Mouse scroll to scroll the screen
- To add an open app to your taskbar, right-click the icon in the taskbar and select “Pin to taskbar.”