Soon, Windows 11 will be available, with a host of new features, including the ability to run Android apps. Samsung Galaxy owners, on the other hand, have a glimpse of what’s to come. It has been revealed that some Windows 10 users can now access Android mobile apps directly from their Windows 10 PC thanks to a recent update to Microsoft’s Your Phone app, which was released in August. On a Windows 10 PC or supported Samsung device, you can run multiple Android mobile apps simultaneously.
For quick and easy access, you can pin your favorite Android mobile apps to your computer’s Taskbar or Start menu. You can use the apps in the same way you would on your phone, even when the Your Phone app isn’t open. Also, Windows 10 allows you to search for previously pinned apps directly from your Start menu app list, so you don’t have to reinstall or sign into them.
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Despite the fact that the feature is now available, it is currently only available on Samsung Galaxy phones. Microsoft’s support site has a complete list of supported phones.
Why do you need Android Apps on Windows 10?
Your PC must be running Windows 10 October 2019 Update or later in addition to your Samsung Galaxy phone (at least for the time being). Go to Settings > Updates & Security > Check for Update to see what version of Windows you’re running. (The May 2021 update to Windows 10 is the latest version.) Download Windows 10 for free if you need to upgrade to Windows 10.
Other requirements include Your Phone and Link to Windows in their most recent versions. For Link to Windows to work, your phone must be running Android 9.0 or higher.
Finally, for the feature to work, your phone and computer must be connected to the same Wi-Fi network.
How to run Android apps on your Windows 10 PC
Upon connecting your phone and computer, the Your Phone app should appear on your computer’s desktop. If you want to open Android apps on your computer, follow these steps:
- From the menu on the left, select the Apps shortcut. A list of all the apps on your phone will appear.
- On your PC, simply double-click any app you want from the list, and it will open in a new window.
You should be aware that not all apps will work with your mouse or keyboard, but many of them will.
Here are a few more tips from Microsoft for using your mouse and keyboard to interact with your mobile apps on your desktop:
- Touch/tap interactions will behave similarly to clicks.
- To return to the previous page, right-click anywhere on your phone’s screen.
- If you click and hold, you’ll get the same result as if you tap and hold.
- Use the mouse wheel to select content.
- Vertical or horizontal page scrolling is accomplished by using the mouse.