Microsoft might not have a mobile OS of its own, but that doesn’t mean the company does not care about smartphones and tablets. The software company is far behind several popular mobile apps for iPhone and Android, and even sells select Android handsets in its stores.
In the future, Windows 10 users will also be able to enjoy Android apps on their laptops and desktops, as Microsoft has started testing the Your Phone feature it first teased a few months ago.
According to The Verge, Microsoft’s update for the Your Phone Windows 10 app includes support for mirroring Android phones on a PC. The feature will be available to Windows Insiders this week, assuming your devices qualify for it. You’ll need to run the latest Windows 10 beta version on your laptop or desktop, and you’ll of course have to install the Your Phone app.
You’ll need a computer that can support Bluetooth Low Energy, which will be mandatory for future PC models. Without it, you won’t be able to connect your Android device to the Windows 10 machine.
Finally, you’ll need a compatible Android device to start testing the feature, and the list only includes select Samsung flagship phones: Galaxy S8, S8 Plus, S9, and S9 Plus. The Galaxy S10 series can’t be used for the time being, although Microsoft plans on expanding the list of supported devices in the future.
How It Works
Once you enable and hook up, you’ll be able to mirror your Android device on the Windows 10 PC and use apps from the phone directly on the PC. It’s unclear when the Your Phone app will get the Android mirroring feature on a stable Windows 10 release, so the only way of taking advantage of it right now is to register for the Insider beta program.