Microsoft now lets you run Android apps in Windows 10

Yolanda Curtis
August 7, 2020

Microsoft has introduced a new Your Phone app that will help users access their Android phone apps directly from their desktops running Windows 10.

Each app you open is mirrored from your Android phone and runs in a separate new window.

Microsoft confirms that users will also be able to pin shortcuts for the apps from their Android phone to the Windows 10 task bar or the Windows 10 Start Menu. For example, if you decline a phone call and create a reminder to call that person back, you'll see that reminder appear in To Do with the option to open the dialer. The app will automatically update your favorites list based on your usage and you can search through the list as well.

Launch any mobile app directly from your PC.

To use this feature, you need to be running the latest Windows 10 Insider build 20185 and running the latest version of the Your Phone app. For instance, you will be able to not only access photos and messages from your phone without having to reach out for it, but also not have to duplicate apps between your phone and PC.

Stay in the know by keeping an eye on the app notification badging (unread notifications) in the All apps list or your Favorites.

Phone and PC must be on the same Wi-Fi network. The ability to run mobile apps within Windows 10 without the need for an emulator or complicated software is something of a dream for many people, but there is a danger that it is a luxury that might only be afforded to Samsung customers.

Limitations include some apps blocking the ability to cast to other screens - resulting in a black screen - games not responding to mouse and/or keyboard input, and audio from apps playing from your smartphone.

Microsoft stressed that the ability to run multiple apps simultaneously is now not available and will be introduced later this year. Interestingly enough, at this time, the upgraded Your Phone functionality is pretty much limited to Samsung Galaxy smartphones, with further support for the just announced Samsung Galaxy Note 20 and the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra arriving later this year.

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