Your Phone’s App Feature Comes to More Samsung Phones

Posted on September 16, 2020 by Paul Thurrott in Mobile, Android, Windows 10 with 12 Comments

Windows 10 Your Phone’s App feature is now available on more Samsung smartphones, Microsoft says.

“We are excited to announce that the Apps feature is now rolled out to everyone with supported devices,” the Your Phone Twitter account revealed, noting that the feature may take up to 48 hours to show up. “It allows you to instantly access your Android phone’s mobile apps directly from your Windows 10 PC.”

I’ve written about this Your Phone feature a few times in the past—check out Not the Android Apps Solution We Were Looking For … Yet (Updated) and Tip: Streamline Your Phone’s App Integration Functionality, if you haven’t, since both are a bit more relevant now. But I’ve also been told that some of the issues I experienced previously, like the app hang issue, have been fixed.

You can see the complete list of supported handsets on the Microsoft Support website. Not sure when non-Samsung phones will be supported, but it appears that Apps support requires Link to Windows, which is limited to Samsung devices and, go figure, the Surface Duo. Which still doesn’t support this feature.

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Comments (12)

12 responses to “Your Phone’s App Feature Comes to More Samsung Phones”

  1. jeffferguson

    It just came to me, seemingly magically, a few days ago, and it's working with my Samsung Galaxy S10+.

  2. Sihaz

    Seems weird that Pixels don't get this feature...

  3. ccalberti

    When using Your Phone to play phone Apps, is there a way to get the Apps to play through the computer speakers rather than through the phone's speakers? I am using the Note 20 Ultra, connected to Your Hone on a Surface Book, connected to Bose speakers through a Surface Dock.

  4. shark47

    Weren’t there plans to have Android apps run natively in Windows (without requiring a phone)? Is that something that’s still in the works?

  5. plapic

    Remember Samsung SideSync? Then Samsung Flow. Well not surprising then that the technology has been ported over as a Microsoft app which strangely enough supports Samsung handsets. Apple is not the only company that reinvents the wheel.

  6. ebraiter

    I wish it would work correctly for me. At one point I stopped getting the ability to see my pictures in Win 10. I am able to text message but I can see my contacts or my previous texts.

    Everything else works.

  7. wright_is

    I've never managed to get it to connect to my Galaxy S20+.

  8. sevenacids

    This app could be so nice if it wasn't depending on the cloud to work (which, IMO, is unnecessary for what this app does. A local network would be sufficient). Someone pointed me to "scrcpy", a free and open source tool that provides screen sharing to the Desktop. It's a decent replacement for the now announced Apps feature.

  9. arnstarr

    The App feature works well with my Note 10 over WiFi. Dex works nicely over USB too.

  10. surfacesteve

    Love the app but mine was crashing a few seconds after launch for the last month similar to MJF on WW. Went to uninstall/reinstall and saw they added "Terminate", "Repair", and "Reset" to the App Details page in App Settings. I did all in order but Reset did the trick. It launched, found my phone, started like it was my first use with a "What you can do" screen. Loaded texts which took a while since it was a clean start, sent texts, and connected for screen sharing.