Last month Samsung and Microsoft presented a very interesting function for Windows 10 that for now is exclusive to Samsung phones, and is to be able to run applications that you have on your phone directly on the computer. All this in order that you can do what you normally do with your phone without taking it out of your pocket or unlocking it and with the convenience of controlling it from your Windows 10 PC.
The function began to be available first in the Galaxy Note 20 in the US for a few weeks, but in the last hours it has begun to reach more users with different Samsung phones in different parts of the world (including Mexico), we have already been able to test the function on a Galaxy S10 + and S20, but the list of confirmed devices where this function can be used is:
- Samsung Galaxy Note 9
- Samsung Galaxy S9, S9+
- Samsung Galaxy Note10, Note10+, Note 10 Lite
- Samsung Galaxy S10e, S10, S10+, S10 Lite
- Samsung Galaxy S20, S20+, S20 Ultra
- Samsung Galaxy Note20 5G, Note20 Ultra 5G
- Samsung Galaxy A8s
- Samsung Galaxy A30s
- Samsung Galaxy A31
- Samsung Galaxy A40
- Samsung Galaxy A41
- Samsung Galaxy A50, A50s
- Samsung Galaxy A51, A51 5G
- Samsung Galaxy A60
- Samsung Galaxy A70, A70s
- Samsung Galaxy A71, A71 5G
- Samsung Galaxy A80
- Samsung Galaxy A90s, A90 5G
- Samsung Galaxy XCover Pro
- Samsung Galaxy Z Flip, Z Flip 5G
- Samsung Galaxy Fold
- Samsung Galaxy Z Fold2 5G
How to use Android apps in Windows 10?
The first requirement is to have one of the aforementioned telephones, in addition to having the “Connection to Windows” option activated from the quick settings menu, or the “Companion of your phone” application installed. In addition, it is also necessary to install the application “Your phone in Windows 10 which you can get from this link.
Once you have installed both applications on your devices, you only have to start the connection process between your computer and phone as it appears on your computer screen, for this you must have Bluetooth activated and grant some permissions to the application in your telephone.
Once you finish you will be able to see several options on your computer screen, one of them says “Applications”, so when you select it you will be able to see all the applications installed on your phone, which can be “run” without problem in Windows 10.
It’s run in quotes because what Samsung and Microsoft have done is stream your phone screen to the PC in the background, so in reality what you are seeing on your computer screen is what is happening on your phone, But the reality is that the process is quite comfortable and by running in the background and without your device’s screen on, it can save some battery than if we used them on the phone.
Once the application is open, you can do what you normally would from the phone, and if your screen is touch you can interact without problem with your computer, but if not, you can use the keyboard and mouse for interaction.
Your favorite applications can be pinned to the taskbar or start menu, and clicking on these shortcuts will automatically open that application. For now, only one application can be run at a time, so if you have Instagram open and go to another app, the screen on your PC will change to that application, because as we mentioned before, what you are seeing is the screen of your telephone.
So far we have not had any problem opening any application, although we have seen that in some like Walli, some elements do not look good, however, this type of situation will be resolved with future updates. The most popular applications such as Instagram, Facebook, YouTube or WhatsApp have worked without a problem, however, consider that those applications that reproduce audio such as YouTube will be heard on the phone and not on the PC.