The Windows 10 Android app mirroring feature just got even better – at least for some users. Those would be the owners of some of Samsung’s latest Galaxy smartphones. So, quite a sizable demographic. As for the improvements at hand, they come down to newly introduced support for multitasking. Or, better said: the ability to mirror multiple Android apps at once. These changes started rolling out earlier today, as per Microsoft’s own disclosure.
As always, accessing the newly expanded functionality requires at least two separate updates. Perhaps even three, depending on how out-of-date your existing Windows 10 build is. Assuming that’s out of the way, you’ll need to make sure you’re running the Your Phone version 1.20102.132.0, or newer. You should always download that one directly from the Microsoft Store. Then there’s the succinctly named Your Phone companion app – Link to Windows that you can download from the Play Store. Its first build with support for mirroring multiple apps is 1.20102.133.0, which is the same as above.
Unfortunately, we’re not over yet. For the bonus round, you may find that your Link to Windows Service is out of date, as well. That’s an Android, One UI-specific service, not a Windows one, and it needs to be on version 2.1.05.2, or newer. Just follow this Galaxy Store link and you should be ready to go, assuming you still remember what you set out to do.
Windows 10 Android app mirroring is neat, but hardly intuitive to keep up to date
This super-convoluted method of enabling Your Phone app mirroring isn’t likely to get more intuitive anytime soon. Not because Microsoft doesn’t want it to, but largely due to the intricate method in which the feature was developed, in the first place. As for the multiple-app mirroring update at hand, the feature is currently limited to the 5G-ready Galaxy Note 20, Galaxy Note 20 Ultra, Galaxy Z Flip, Galaxy Z Flip 5G, and the Galaxy Z Fold 2.
The Galaxy S20, Galaxy S20+, and the Galaxy S20 Ultra are also supported, but only within the scope of the ongoing One UI 3.0 beta program. That would be the one based on Android 11, which is a first for Samsung. Pretty much every Galaxy device that gets updated to One UI 3.0 will hence hopefully join this niche club in due time.
This is all accomplished via the Your Phone system app found on all recent Windows 10 builds. Though given recent developments, Microsoft might as well rename that app to “Your Galaxy Phone,” to be frank. Since it continues to prioritize Galaxy devices above pretty much any other smartphone brand. This has been the case for about a year by now. It’s hardly a coincidence, mind you. As the Galaxy family’s privileged stems from an ongoing Microsoft-Samsung partnership.