Microsoft's Your Phone app now lets you control your smartphone's audio from your PC

Your Phone audio control
Your Phone audio control (Image credit: Microsoft)

What you need to know

  • You can now control your smartphone's music and audio using the Your Phone app on Windows 10.
  • The feature works with devices running Android 7.0 and later and the Windows 10 October 2018 Update or later.
  • The feature works with most apps that supports media controls on Android.

Microsoft just announced that the Your Phone app on Windows 10 can control music and audio on Android devices. The feature is available now, though the rollout could take a few days to show up within the Your Phone app. Microsoft announced the new feature alongside its announcement of the latest Fast ring Insider build of Windows 10.

The feature allows you to control most audio or music app that supports media controls in Android notifications. You can switch between multiple sources using a dropdown menu. Audio track details are displayed directly within the Your Phone app, and sync with whatever content is playing on your phone. You can play or pause your music and jump between tracks through the Your Phone app.

The feature is available on Windows 10 devices running the Windows 10 October 2018 or later, though Microsoft recommends updating to the latest version of Windows 10.

You need an Android phone running Android 7.0 or later to use the feature (it is not limited to Samsung phones).

You can read more about the new feature in Microsoft's latest blog post.

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21 Comments
  • Who uses Android
  • me. I specifically chose it because WinPhone was dead and needed to change. It was clear that Microsoft was committing to support Android and Apple would always be a step child. Oh, and the majority of the world uses Android, something like 75%.
  • "Who uses Android"
    Just 85 percent of the smartphone market. I suggest using Bing or Google to ask such questions before openly expressing ignorance in a public forum. You can do this, I believe in you.
  • as I said on other replies, I didn’t mean to be rude or offend anyone. I just didn’t know that Android had this many users. and damn, I just created this account, I didn’t know the community and I didn’t know that people would get me wrong. I’m already aware of Android’s market share and sorry if I offended you on my original comment. it apparantly doesn't give me the option to delete it.
  • @italocampanelli "Who uses Android" That's a poor trolling effort son. You need to do a lot better than that. I feel sad for you.
  • as I said, I didn’t mean to offend anyone and I just didn’t know that Android had this many users. chill out on your judgment because I ain’t no troll. peace out and sorry if I was rude on my original comment ✌🏻
  • I do. I wish I still used my Windows 10 Mobile phone (Lumia 950 XL), but I'll deal with Android for now. I just wish it could automatically read my text messages, and allow me to reply with my voice. Windows Phone could do that, and it was epic. 🤔
  • sorry, I didn’t mean to be rude, I just didn’t know android had this many users
  • "Who uses Andriod" Silly iSheeps! iPhones are for kids! Literally!
  • You succeeded if you were trying to troll and get everyone to reply back to you.. Although I don't know what that would accomplish but whatever lets you sleep at night
  • damn, I swear I didn’t mean to offend anyone. I just didn’t know that Android has that many users 😑. chill out
  • Haha sorry dude this response was bound to happen. Yeah as you may have guessed Android is the majority platform for much of the world, there are only a few markets around the world where IOS surpasses it and even in those markets the margin is slim. In emerging markets there are a lot of low end devices for sure but in Europe and APAC there is a host of high end alternatives, not all of which make it stateside. While Microsoft are certainly playing catchup on some features here it is worth noting that Apple control their ecosystem end to end so it's to be expected that they can integrate. Microsoft are having to create standards that work across dozens of OS variants from hundreds of operators connecting to tens of thousands of PC hardware configurations. It's quite an undertaking.
  • The feature is not avaiable yet for me.
  • My app is extremely limited, only has notifications, text messages, and photos.... Is it because I'm in Canada?
  • I don't think so.. I have these features too
  • On more phones than just the select Samsungs with the sweetheart screen mirroring deal?
  • This has got to be Samsung only, I would be very, very surprised if ALL Android phones get this functionality!!!
  • It's all Android supported phones, sorry?
  • why not show us verses just tell us, really not a very helpful post ):
  • They have a separate post on using Your Phone - I bet they'll update it soon reflecting this new feature.
  • Because this is a news post announcing a new feature? News is generally just that. News. If you're expecting a YouTube video showing you how the music stops when you click a button on your PC, this ain't it chief.