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.
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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.
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.
- 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.”