Setting up and using phone screen in the Your Phone app

Applies to: Your Phone appWindows 10

Setting up phone screen

Phone screen allows you to interact with all your favorite Android apps and phone content directly on your PC. Phone screen uses a Wi-Fi connection between your Windows 10 PC and your Android phone to enable interaction.

To use phone screen, you'll need:

  • You will need a PC running Windows 10 October 2018 Update or later. However, we always recommend updating to the latest version available - currently May 2019 Update.
    • To check and update your Windows version, on your PC go to Settings > Updates & Security > Check for update.
    • To confirm you are running Windows 10 October 2018 Update (or later), on your PC go to Settings > System > About and check your version number under Windows specifications. It should read either 1809 or 1903).
  • Your phone and PC must be connected to the same Wi-Fi network.
  • You will need to have a supported device to use this feature.

While setting up the Your Phone app, you'll be prompted to enable access to your phone's messages, but if you choose not to at that point, you can always turn it on in the Your Phone app settings. 

What devices are supported?

Phone screen is available on Android phones in select markets running Android 9.0 or greater that have Link to Windows installed.

Here are some examples of devices that have Link to Windows installed and will work with phone screen:

  • Samsung Galaxy Note 9 series
  • Samsung Galaxy S9 series
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 10 series
  • Samsung Galaxy S10 series
  • Samsung Galaxy S20 series
  • Samsung Galaxy Fold
  • Samsung Galaxy Z Flip

Find the full list of available devices here

How do I interact with phone screen?

You can use your PC’s mouse, trackpad, keyboard, or touch-enabled screen to open, type, scroll, and interact with apps.

Tips for interacting using mouse and keyboard:

  • Single click will behave as any single touch tap interaction
  • Right click anywhere on your phone screen to navigate to the previous page
  • Click and hold to open a context menu
  • Click and hold and drag for text selection
  • Mouse scroll to move screen vertically

Some games and apps might not respond to interactions from a mouse or keyboard connected to your PC. You'll need to use a touch-enabled PC to interact with them. 

How do I switch keyboard language or layout?

When you type using your PC’s keyboard the layout and language is controlled by a setting on your Android phone for physical keyboards. It won’t be affected by the language of the keyboard you’re using on your PC.

You can click on the keyboard language button when you are using the phone screen feature. This will launch the keyboard language settings where you can choose the language of your preference.

When you are using a physical keyboard with the Your Phone app, you can also manually change your language or layout settings at any time.

On your Android phone:

  1. Open your phone's Settings app.
  2. Tap Language and input.
  3. Under keyboards, tap Physical keyboard.
  4. Select the keyboard that you’re using on your Phone (E.g. SwiftKey or Samsung Keyboard).
  5. Pick a language or layout.

Tip: On your Samsung phone, you can use the keyboard shortcut Shift + Space to switch languages.

Note: You’ll need to change this setting whenever you want to type using another layout or language.

Why has my device’s screen turned off while using phone screen?

We provide you with the option to have your Android phone screen turn black while connected in phone screen. In this state, your screen will appear to be off - this is to protect the privacy of your personal phone content and minimize battery consumption.

How to interact with the black screen

There are several ways you can dismiss the black screen if you need to interact directly with your Android phone:

  • Press the power button
  • Swipe your device screen
  • Activate Bixby

However, if you receive a call while the black screen is active, your screen will appear as normal.

How to disable the black screen

If you’d like to use phone screen without the black screen showing, follow the steps below.

On your PC:

  1. In the Your Phone app, open Settings.

  1. In the Phone screen section, find the option to “Hide my Android device’s screen while it’s connected to my PC.”  Turn this toggle off.

Note: You can change this setting at anytime if you’d like the black screen to show again.