Note: We’ve changed the name of the Your Phone app to Microsoft Phone Link. In addition, the Your Phone Companion app for Android is now called Link to Windows. For more information, see Introducing Microsoft Phone Link and Link to Windows.

With the Phone Link app, you can instantly access the Android apps installed on your mobile device right on your PC. Using a Wi-Fi connection, Apps allows you to browse, play, order, chat, and more — all while using your PC’s larger screen and keyboard.

Note: The Phone Link app doesn't currently support multiple Android profiles or work/school accounts.

You can add your Android apps as favorites on your PC, pin them to your Start menu and taskbar, and open them in separate windows to use side-by-side with apps on your PC.  

Note: For the best experience, we recommend making sure your Android device and your PC are on the same Wi-Fi network and band. Some Wi-Fi networks offer different connection bands, like a 5GHz or 2.4GHz band. Make sure both your devices are connected to the same frequency. Learn more

How do I interact with apps?

You can use your PC’s mouse, trackpad, keyboard, pen or touch-enabled screen to open, type, scroll, and interact with apps. A few tips for using your mouse and keyboard: 

  • 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

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

If you're encountering issues using Apps, our troubleshooting tips may help

How do I interact with Recent Apps?

To access Recent Apps from your PC, do the following:

  1. In the bottom right corner of the Windows taskbar, click the ^ button.

  2. Click the Phone Link app icon.

  3. In the flyout menu that appears, do either of the following:

  • Click the app you want to open.

  • Right-click the app you want to use, and then select Open.

To access Recent Apps from the Phone Link app, do the following: 

  1. On your device, open the Phone Link app.

  2. Go to Apps.

  3. At the top of Apps page, look for the Recently used section that's showing up to three of your most recently used apps.

  4. Click an app to open it, or right-click an app and then select Open.

How do I turn off Recent Apps from the Windows notification area?

Do the following:

  1. In the Phone Link app, go to Settings > Features.

  2. Under the Apps section, turn off Show recently used apps in Windows notification area.

Known Issue

There is currently a known issue with Recent Apps that prevents the opening of mobile Microsoft Office apps. We will update this article as soon as this issue has been resolved. 

How do I know I'm using the multiple apps experience?

The requirements for using multiple apps are:

  • A PC running the Windows 10 May 2020 Update or later. For best performance, we recommend having at least 8GB of RAM.

  • An Android device running Android 11.0.

  • On your Android device, you'll need Link to Windows (pre-installed) version 2.1.05.6 or later, or Link to Windows (pre-installed) version 1.20104.15.0 or later.

  • Phone Link version 1.20104.20.0 or later.

How do I pin Android apps into Windows?

You can pin your Android apps to the Windows Start menu, taskbar, or add it to your Phone Link app favorites.  

To pin an app on your PC: 

  1. Open the Phone Link app.

  2. Go to Apps.

  3. Right click on the app icon you want to pin or add to your favorites.

How do I remove pinned Android apps from my Windows taskbar or Start menu?

  • If you’ve pinned an app to your taskbar, just right-click the app icon and select Unpin from taskbar.

  • If you’ve added an app to your Windows Start menu, you’ll need to uninstall the app from your apps list. Go to Settings > Apps & features, search for your app in the list. Select it, then select Uninstall.

Are the apps from my Android device now installed on my PC?

No, apps you open will be running from your Android device. The Phone Link app is mirroring apps from your Android device to your PC, meaning you’ll see the same thing on your PC that’s being displayed on your Android device.

Can I access Android apps without linking my device?

No, you'll need to connect your Android device to your PC via the Phone Link app in order to use this experience. Learn more 

Can I open multiple apps at the same time?

Yes, if you have Android 11 and one of these select Samsung devices. For most other Android devices, you can only open one Android app at a time.

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