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Android App Streaming Comes to All Windows 10 PCs

The mobile version of Instagram streamed to a Windows PC.

Microsoft is gradually rolling out Android app streaming to all Windows 10 PCs. Users with the Your Phone app can control their smartphone from a desktop window, and even pin mobile apps to their PC’s taskbar or Start menu. Sadly, Samsung is still the only manufacturer to support Android-to-Windows app streaming.

Android-to-Windows app streaming was announced at Samsung’s Unpacked event on August 5th and is a major selling point for Microsoft’s upcoming Surface Duo phone. It’s also a major expansion on the Your Phone app, which began as a Microsoft-branded “text from your desktop” client.


App streaming requires a recent version of Windows 10, a Samsung device, a shared Wi-Fi connection, and the latest version of Microsoft’s Your Phone app. Firing up the Your Phone app takes you through a quick and easy setup process (although you should consult Microsoft’s latest setup guide if you run into any issues). Keep in mind that Microsoft’s app streaming rollout is a server-side operation, so it may take a few days to arrive on your phone or PC.

Also, the Your Phone app is still a bit green. You may run into bugs while using it, and you may be frustrated by its limitations. Microsoft says that Your Phone will eventually support multi-app streaming, so that you can pull up WhatsApp alongside Instagram or your phone’s Gallery.

Source: Microsoft via Android Police

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