11 February 2021
UPDATE (February 1st, 2021):
Microsoft has announced the stable rollout of the Your Phone app's support for running multiple Android apps simultaneously. The feature was under testing for the last few months. Unfortunately, it is still compatible only with select Samsung Galaxy smartphones. It is unknown when and if phones from other brands will be added to the list.
While you can read about the feature and list of eligible devices in detail through the original coverage below, here is how you will be able to interact with applications:
- Single-click is equivalent to single tap or touch
- Right-click will work as the "back" button
- Click and hold is the same as the tap and hold function
- Click and hold and drag is for selecting items
- Mouse scroll is for navigation through pages vertically or horizontally.
Original (November 10th, 2020)
Microsoft's Your Phone is a handy app if you wish to control different aspects of your Android phone directly from a Windows 10 machine. The app has just become a lot more useful for those who happen to own one of the select Galaxy devices. Microsoft has updated Your Phone with the ability to run multiple applications simultaneously.
This new feature will enhance user experience and productivity by a significant margin. The Your Phone app was previously limited to running only one app at a time. The update will ensure that users can launch and pin more than one app and thus do true multi-tasking on their PCs.
As per the official announcement, the feature is currently in the early preview stage which means there could be some performance-related issues. It is also the reason the Windows users will need to be a member of the Dev, Beta, or Release Preview Channel to get access to the newly added functionality.
Here is the remaining set of requirements needed for to make use of the feature:
- Your Phone app on your PC version 1.20102.132.0 or higher
- Your Phone companion app – Link to Windows on your Samsung device version 1.20102.133.0 or higher
- Link to Windows Service version 2.1.05.2 or newer
The feature is compatible with the following Galaxy devices with Link to Windows integration: Galaxy Note 20 5G, Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G, Galaxy Z Fold 2 5G, Galaxy Z Flip, and Galaxy Z Flip 5G. In the near future, it will also work with Galaxy S20 5G, Galaxy S20+ 5G, and Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G.
Once you fulfill all these conditions, you should get the new Your Phone multiple apps support. If it is not available immediately, it is advised to be patient as Microsoft says it can take a few days for some users to get active.