Windows 10 comes with loads of preinstalled apps, but many of them are redundant. The “Your Smartphone” app is an excellent exception: you can use it to control the entire Android smartphone from your PC. Microsoft keeps adding new features, now you can make important cell phone settings directly from your PC.
The software links your PC with your Android smartphone. IPhones are also supported, but significantly fewer functions are available for Apple phones. Your smartphone is now an extensive suite for controlling your Android smartphone from your desktop. You don’t need anything more than the matching companion app (somewhat bulky in German, “Companion for your smartphone”), compatible Samsung smartphones even have the option to connect directly in the settings.
In addition to SMS, you can reply to all messages in the Windows app that appear in your notifications and view the notifications directly on your desktop. Calls can also be taken and the music played on the smartphone can be easily controlled from the PC. Now you can also set some important cell phone settings directly under Windows.
Control Android settings from Windows
Microsoft is currently rolling out an update for the “Your Smartphone” app with which you can conveniently control some of the settings that are frequently used on connected cell phones from Windows. So far, only the mobile phone model was displayed in the app, now there are also a few quick settings to be seen. You can use it to switch Bluetooth on and off, switch the sound on or off, start and stop music or control the do not disturb mode.
In addition, the paired smartphone now provides a little more information, such as the battery level and how good WiFi and cellular reception are. In contrast to some other functions, these innovations should be able to be used with all Android models.
Simply use Android apps on your PC
By far the most exciting feature of your smartphone allows you to use every app installed on your smartphone on your Windows computer. You can select apps from the clearly arranged list, start them in a new window and even pin them to the taskbar for better usability.
In the future, two more features will complete the experience of Android apps on the desktop: On the one hand, it will soon be possible to start several apps at once. Windows Insiders can already test this function. In addition, the windows in which the apps are displayed have so far been of a fixed size that is based on your smartphone. That, too, will soon be a thing of the past: Microsoft is working on a substructure that will make it possible to display Android apps with any window size.
The catch: Not all smartphones are supported by a long way. In addition to Microsoft’s dual-screen device Surface Duo, only current Samsung models are compatible due to a partnership between Samsung and Microsoft. So if you want to use Android apps on your PC despite another smartphone manufacturer, you have to resort to other methods.
Calls, photos and music
The minimum requirement is Windows 10 Version 1903. With this app it is not only possible to type SMS messages which are then sent via Android smartphone. Photos from Android phones also land on the Windows desktop and, since Windows 10 2004 came out, calls can also be made.
This works from Android 7. Calls with a linked Android smartphone are then displayed as a popup on the desktop. You can also call contacts from your smartphone app and dial numbers freely. If you also listen to music on your smartphone, you can switch between songs using the appropriate button in the Windows 10 app.
Don’t let up now, Microsoft
With “Your Smartphone” Microsoft has launched an exciting app and is constantly delivering new functions – that’s the way it should be. If you bring the additional features to the start for more mobile phones, the smartphone integration under Windows 10 is a good thing. So keep it up, Microsoft. Not all new versions of the app reach all users immediately, so it is worthwhile to check the app updates more often.