Microsoft starts testing phone screen mirroring with Your Phone on Windows 10 19H1

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Microsoft is starting to test (opens in new tab) new features for its Your Phone app, with phone screen mirroring now rolling out in limited preview for select devices. Right now, the feature only works with Samsung Galaxy S8 and Samsung Galaxy S9 devices, and Microsoft notes the Surface Go as being the only Surface to support this functionality right now, with plans to roll it out to more devices in the near future.

Phone screen mirroring is a feature Microsoft announced back in 2018, and lets users see and interact with their phone directly on their PC. So, instead of picking up for phone and interrupting your workflow to check Snapchat or WhatsApp, you can now do it all through an app directly on your device. It uses Bluetooth and WiFi to function, and your PC will require the Bluetooth Low Energy Peripheral Role, and be running Windows 10 version 1803 or later. For Android, your phone must be running Android 7.0 or higher.

While Microsoft has announced that the feature is now in preview, we're yet to see it enabled on any of our devices. It's likely there is a server-side switch that Microsoft still needs to flip before it starts working. Either way, this does mean that phone screen mirroring for Your Phone and Android is just around the corner, and we'll have a hands-on video showcasing the feature in action as soon as possible. Will you be taking advantage of this feature when it rolls out officially? Let us know in the comments.

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  • Definitely. I guess we will be able to use our laptop keyboard. If that's the case, then it can be very handy for some apps.
  • Looks like the Surface Pro from 2017 won't be supported as it doesn't support Bluetooth Low Energy Peripheral Role.
  • Other than for developing, what's the practical use for this? I don't mean a "gee, whiz, see what I can do" thing. I mean actual use case.
  • If I could make calls on my desktop like with Dell's solution, that would be a thing.
  • Being able to access your phone without directly taking your phone out is useful in itself. So like let's say someone sent me a url link on wechat and I want to access the website on my laptop, I can just go into my phone through my computer and copy/paste. Presently I do something like this through the roamit app on my android and pc. I also know cloud clipboard is/will be coming to SwiftKey keyboard app and will support this anyways, but the phone mirroring could reduce the steps slightly more.
  • Well, you could also open the app in Edge on your phone, and it'll end up in your Timeline.
  • I can see a use, you've shared your desktop during a conference call and want to share the screen of an application on an Android device (in my case not a phone or tablet), this would be extremely useful, better than relying on Teamviewer or similar and having to connect the device to the internet. It might not be for everyone but that doesn't mean it's not useful for some.
  • Wouldn't Continuum be great with a mobile phone rather than just mirroring? Oh wait. I'll fire up that old 2016 technology on the desk over there...
  • This is one instance where I feel justified in wanting to Gibbs-slap Microsoft. I get what they're doing and I understand the goal, but you have a business partner in Dell, who already has a workable piece of software that accomplishes many of the things that you want to do with the Your Phone app. Work with them. Offer up a collaboration agreement. Give them funds, resources, and knowledge share. In return, you can have input on functionality, aesthetics, etc. This is one of those times where sharing the sandbox and playing with the other kids can be very beneficial to you Microsoft. That said, if someone knows of a valid reason for them to not take the above-stated approach, please enlighten me. I just feel that Microsoft often fails to leverage what their business partners are doing and wastes time and resources that they don't have to waste.
  • Often the reason is control.
    Partnerships are often sloppy and, more often than not, end up with one or both parties taking their toys and going home. Microsoft probably wants the option to either continue to expand it or dump it as a feature.
    They may be looking at deeper integration with future products (Andromeda, the folding Surface, Hololens) and they’re prototyping use case with Android (so they have a very different end game in mind for the app).
  • I agree with your statement. They may also be able to theoretically integrate it further into the OS than a 3rd party could or that Microsoft would allow.
  • Yeah, I can see your (and real0395's) point...especially the deeper integration. I really hope that they see this through. I've become rather frustrated with these projects that have such promise, but then, that promise is never fully realized. Thanks for the reply.
  • Dell isn't Microsoft. Microsoft has to do things the right way, they are more heavily scrutinized. Not that Dell is doing things wrong, but they can take liberties that Microsoft cannot. Think of the difference between Microsoft making their YouTube client and MyTube.
  • For me the Dell app simply crashes on the PC to be terribly useful, so I'd challenge the idea it's workable :-)