Microsoft launches early preview of Android phone screen mirroring with Windows 10 Your Phone app

Laurent Giret

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Microsoft’s Your Phone app on Windows 10 currently lets you sync text messages and recent photos from your Android phone to your PC, but the screen mirroring feature that the company first announced at Build 2018 is now available in limited preview. A forum article posted yesterday and spotted by WalkingCat explains that the new feature only supports select hardware as of today, and it also requires the latest Windows 10 Insider builds.

For now, you’ll need a Galaxy S8/S8+ or S9/S9+ as well a Microsoft Surface Go to try phone screen mirroring. That’s a very limited pool of devices, but Microsoft said that it will add more in the near future. However, the forum post revealed that but the feature will only be supported on Android phones running Android 7.0 or greater, and it will also require a PC that supports Bluetooth Low Energy Peripheral Role.

Screen mirroring is called “Phone screen” in the Windows 10 Your Phone app, and it should appear in the left panel of the app once it’s enabled. The feature will let you mirror your Android phone’s screen on your PC so you can use it without touching your phone. It seems to be a very neat feature, though we haven’t been able to test it as of this writing. Anyway, this is one cool new Your Phone update that will apparently ship with the upcoming 19H1 update for Windows 10.