Thanks to the Microsoft Your Phone software, you can launch your Android applications directly from your Windows 10 PC. Here's how to take advantage of this functionality.
With the Microsoft Your Phone software – Your phone in French – it is possible to take control of your Android smartphone. So you can check your notifications, read your messages and make calls directly from your Windows 10 PC.
However, the software regularly receives new features. Among them is the ability to display Android applications directly on the computer in order to interact with them without having to take the phone out of your pocket. We offer here a small tutorial to discover this option.
Prerequisites to check
To get started, know that you will need a Samsung Galaxy smartphone. Indeed, as of this writing, it is still exclusive to the South Korean giant. The feature was presented at a manufacturer event where we also discovered the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra.
Obviously, you will have to download the Your phone software on your PC and check if your computer is up to date: you must at least take advantage of the October 2019 update. As a reminder, the connection between a Samsung smartphone and Windows 10 follows the same logic as the method described here, but you will not need to install the Assistant Your Phone application, it is already present via the shortcut " Links with Windows ".
How to launch your Android applications on Windows 10
After you have connected your phone with your computer, you will see several items in the Microsoft Your Phone interface on the left. The tab we are interested in is called " Applications And is illustrated by an icon representing four small squares.
By clicking on it, you will see a list of all the apps installed on your smartphone.
Open an Android app on Windows 10
From this screen, scroll through the list or use the search bar at the top right. Click on the icon of the application you are interested in to launch it in a new window on your computer. You can then navigate in it – your computer mouse replacing your finger on your smartphone – and reply to messages by typing on the keyboard.
You will notice that the window displaying the application on your PC is roughly a screen mirroring.
Besides, you can click on " Open the phone screen "At the top left so that your computer can just mirror your smartphone screen without launching a specific app.
Pin Android apps to your PC
Still on the list of apps that appears in Microsoft Your Phone, don't hesitate to right-click on one of the icons.
A drop-down menu will then offer you to pin the app to the taskbar or Windows 10 start menu.
The idea of this option is to give you even faster access to the applications that you use regularly.
Manage your favorites
Let’s stick to this list of apps on Microsoft Your Phone for a bit. Right click again on one of the icons and choose " Add to favorites ".
The applications concerned will then appear at the top of the list, in a “Favorites” section so that you can always find them easily.