Microsoft is now allowing Windows 10 users to run Android apps side by side with Windows applications on a PC. It’s part of a new feature in Your Phone available to Windows 10 testers.
These apps do not need to be installed, nor do you need to sign into them on your PC.
Instead, if your phone is connected to the Your Phone app, these applications will run natively on your PC as Windows applications.
This new Android app support also allows Windows 10 users to multitask with other Windows apps with alt+tab support, and you’ll even be able to pin these Android apps to the Windows 10 taskbar or Start menu.
Key features available through this new feature include:
- See a list of your installed Android apps directly within the Your Phone app.
- Add your frequently used apps to the favorites section or search among your apps for even quicker access.
- Launch any mobile app directly from your PC.
- Apps and your mirrored phone screen launch in a separate window on your PC.
- Pin your mobile apps to the Windows Taskbar or Start menu.
- Stay in the know by keeping an eye on the app notification badging (unread notifications) in the All apps list or your Favorites.
Requirements Before Using This App
- PC running Windows 10 October 2018 Update or later. (Latest versions of all software is recommended).
- The phone and PC must be on the same Wi-Fi network.
- Available on select Android phones running Android 9.0 or greater with the Link to Windows integration.
The ability to run multiple apps simultaneously is also not yet available and will be introduced later in 2020. Not all phones currently support “Your Phone app”, you can check out lists of Samsung smartphones that support it here.