Windows 10 Your Phone app system requirements for new features revealed

Windows 10 Your Phone app setup

With Windows Your Phone app, you can pair up your desktop with
your Android phone and the experience is similar to the way
iPhones pair up with MacBook. The Your Phone app was introduced
for Windows 10 in 2018 with the ability to sync media files,
messages, and later history.

Your Phone app supports iPhones, but it’s essentially tied to
Android phones because of Apple’s restrictive approach with
iOS. After Microsoft announced its partnership with Samsung,
not every phone supports every Your Phone function right now.
In fact, all useful features are exclusive to select Samsung
Galaxy phones.

The newer and more advanced functions—phone’s screen mirroring
and
Android apps streaming—are limited to a smaller subset of
Galaxy phones.

Android apps for desktop

In new support documentation, Microsoft officially revealed the
new system requirements for the Your Phone app’s advanced
functions.

Microsoft says this feature works only with Samsung devices
running Android 10 with Link to Windows integration. Even then,
only Galaxy Note20 5G, Ultra 5G, Galaxy Z Fold2 5G, Galaxy Z
Flip, Z Flip 5G, Galaxy S20 5G, S20+ 5G, and Galaxy S20 Ultra
5G are supported.

Other requirements include:

  • Phone must be on and unlocked.
  • Windows 10 May 2020 Update or later.
  • Both devices should be connected to the same Wi-Fi.
  • Link to Windows service version should be 2.1.05.2 or
    newer.

Unfortunately, the whole experience is currently far from
perfect even if you have a supported Gallery phone.

For instance, you might get a black screen if you try to cast
screen to another monitor.

Similarly, some apps might not respond to keyboard and mouse,
but they’ll work if you use a touch screen or drawing pad to
control the apps.

There’s another limitation where the sound isn’t transmitted to
your desktop speakers if you play any audio from an Android
app.

The much-hyped apps feature for Microsoft’s Windows 10 Your
Phone app is still rolling out and it will show up for everyone
in the coming weeks.

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