— If you have the right kind of phone, you can access multiple Android applications side-by-side on your Windows 10 device.
Microsoft announced Windows 11 on Thursday, 24 June 2021. It includes a number of new features, including the ability to launch Android applications. But if you have a Samsung Galaxy phone, there is already a way to do this. Thanks to an update to the Your Phone App that Microsoft unveiled last August, users of certain Android phones can now access Android mobile apps directly from their Windows 10 PC. On Windows 10, you can run multiple Android mobile apps side-by-side on Windows 10 PC and supported Samsung devices.
This feature allows you to pin your favorite Android mobile apps to your computer’s taskbar or Start menu for quick and easy access. The app opens in a separate window from the Your Phone App and can be used as a phone by default, even if the Your Phone App is not open. In Windows 10, you can search for previously pinned applications in the Startup app list without reinstalling apps on the desktop or having to sign into them again.
Although this feature is now available, it is currently only available for Samsung Galaxy phones. Find a complete list of supported phones on Microsoft’s support site.
What You Need Before Running Android Apps on a Windows 10 PC?
Once you have everything you need and your phone is connected to your computer, the Your Phone App window will appear on your desktop. To open an Android app on your desktop:
- Click the Apps shortcut from the menu on the left. You’ll see a list of all the apps on your phone.
- Click the app you want from the list, and it will open in a separate window on your PC.
Note that not every app will work with your mouse or keyboard, but many will.
According to Microsoft, here are some tips for using mouse and keyboard to operate mobile apps on desktop :
- Single click will behave the same as any single touch/tap interaction.
- Right-click anywhere on your phone screen to navigate to the previous page.
- Click and hold will behave the same as a tap/hold interaction.
- Click and hold and drag to select content.
- Mouse scroll to move between pages vertically or horizontally.
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