Before now, running Android apps on Windows PC requires Android emulators or Android OS for PC, but now, that will no longer be necessary on Windows 10. Microsoft now allows Windows 10 users to run Android apps side by side with Windows applications on a PC. This is part of the new development in the Microsoft Your Phone available to Windows 10 testers.
Note, this doesn’t mean that you can install apk files and run on Windows 10 directly, instead, it works in a similar manner to Samsung’s Dex and doesn’t require a wired connection.
For those that already use Your Phone app on Windows 10, you can easily run multiple Android apps natively on your PC as Windows applications and does not require any additional setup. New users, however, will to link their device with Your Phone app to start using this feature.
Users can easily switch between apps with alt+tab key combination and what’s more interesting is that you can pin apps to your taskbar or start menu. The new feature promises to help users improve productivity and speedup workflow.
The Key features include:
- See a list of your installed Android apps directly within the Your Phone app.
- Add your frequently used apps to the favorites section or search among your apps for even quicker access.
- Launch any mobile app directly from your PC.
- Apps and your mirrored phone screen launch in a separate window on your PC.
- Pin your mobile apps to the Windows Taskbar or Start menu.
- Stay in the know by keeping an eye on the app notification badging (unread notifications) in the All apps list or your Favorites.
Requirements Before Using This Feature
- PC running Windows 10 October 2018 Update or later. (Latest versions of all software is recommended).
- The phone and PC must be on the same Wi-Fi network.
- Android phones running Android 9.0 or greater with the Link to Windows integration.
- Your Phone app
Sadly, this feature only works on selected phones at the moment. The supported device include:
- Samsung Galaxy Note 9
- Samsung Galaxy S9
- Samsung Galaxy S9+
- Samsung Galaxy Note10
- Samsung Galaxy Note10+
- Samsung Galaxy Note10 Lite
- Samsung Galaxy Fold
- Samsung Galaxy S10
- Samsung Galaxy S10+
- Samsung Galaxy S10 Lite
- Samsung Galaxy S10e
- Samsung Galaxy A8s
- Samsung Galaxy A30s
- Samsung Galaxy A31
- Samsung Galaxy A40
- Samsung Galaxy A41
- Samsung Galaxy A50
- Samsung Galaxy A50s
- Samsung Galaxy A51
- Samsung Galaxy A60
- Samsung Galaxy A70
- Samsung Galaxy A70s
- Samsung Galaxy A71
- Samsung Galaxy A71 5G
- Samsung Galaxy A80
- Samsung Galaxy A90s
- Samsung Galaxy A90 5G
- Samsung Galaxy S20
- Samsung Galaxy S20+
- Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra
- Samsung Galaxy Fold
- Samsung Galaxy XCover Pro
- Samsung Galaxy Z Flip
Also, the ability to run multiple apps simultaneously is also not yet available and will be introduced later in 2020. What do you think about this new development? Tell us in the comments
Wow, this is awesome. Too bad it’s only available on a few select phones
It will eventually roll out to more smartphones after the final release.