New feature being tested on Microsoft app will allow a PC to mirror your Android phone's screen

New feature being tested on Microsoft app will allow a PC to mirror your Android phone's screen
So there you are in the office, tapping away on your PC in an attempt to finish off the Anderson project that your boss wants on his desk today. The future of the firm is at stake; no pressure. But all of a sudden you remember that you had sent a funny message to your pal on WhatsApp and want to see if there was a response. Sure, you could pick up your Android phone and open the WhatsApp app, but what if the boss sees, or a co-worker tattles?

Well, it's a good thing that Microsoft is testing a new feature (via Android Central) for the Your Phone Companion app available from the Google Play Store. Currently, the app gives your PC access to documents, texts, photos and more that are stored on your handset. The software giant's new feature for the app is called phone screen, and it uses Bluetooth and Wi-Fi to allow your PC to mirror the content on your Android phone's display.

Phone screen will be available on PCs running Windows 10 builds 1803 and up, and the computer must support Bluetooth with Low Energy Peripheral mode. To see if your PC does support this, you will need to right-click on the Start icon and tap on Bluetooth. Tap on Radio Driver or Adapter for Bluetooth, double click to Properties and navigate to the Details tab. On the dropdown menu, look for "Bluetooth radio supports Low Energy Peripheral Role," and see if the value is true or false. If it is says true, your PC will be able to support this feature.

Right now, the only Surface device that phone screen works with is the Surface Go tablet, although more will be added in the future. And for now, phone screen will mirror the screen on only a small number of Android phones: Samsung Galaxy S8, Samsung Galaxy S8+, Samsung Galaxy S9, Samsung Galaxy S9+. Again, Microsoft says it will widen this list over time, although any compatible handset will have to run Android 7.0 or higher.

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3 Comments

1. cozze02

Posts: 131; Member since: Nov 25, 2012

For some odd reason I feel like I've been hearing about this feature for years now. Maybe it's just me.

2. hemedans

Posts: 761; Member since: Jun 01, 2013

Actuall its already there for years, now they just add it to phone companions. You can mirror your android screen via windows 10 (Anniversay update) with connect app.

3. Cicero

Posts: 1144; Member since: Jan 22, 2014

It have limited functionality. Why do you think they are talking now about this like an update to Phone companion? Samsung have Flow from long time ago and it is almost a complete pc companion for ... Samsung phones. Maybe MS make an agreement with Samsung to share some parts of Flow.

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