Microsoft Windows 11 “Your Phone” feature shows recently opened Android apps

Microsoft Windows 11’s “Your Phone” feature adds a new menu that displays recently opened Android apps from your smartphone.

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UKRAINE – 2021/06/24: In this photo illustration a Windows 11 logo is seen on a smartphone screen with a Microsoft website in the background. Microsoft introduced Windows 11, a new generation of Windows operating system (OS), at an event on June 24, 2021.

Microsoft Windows 11 “Your Phone”: Recently Opened Android Apps

According to a report by Windows Central, Microsoft has officially announced that a Windows update introduces a new quick access menu to the “Your Phone” app on Windows 11.

The preview for the new feature is initially rolling out to Windows Insider users, as well as a select number of Samsung smartphones.

Samsung’s Unpacked event, which also launched the Galaxy S22, unveiled the new feature on “Your Phone”. Microsoft followed the South Korean phone maker’s announcement in a tweet, confirming its upcoming feature.

Microsoft senior program manager Analy Otero Diaz says a new feature on “Your Phone” is “coming.”

Diaz further explained that recently opened apps on your Android smartphone would then be displayed from the taskbar of your Windows machine.

The senior Microsoft program manager noted that this should make it easier “to get back to the apps you were recently using on your Samsung phone.”

Diaz’s tweet is accompanied by a screenshot of how the newly opened “Your Phone” apps feature works, showing a pop-up titled “Recently used on Taylor’s phone.”

The taskbar mini flyout displays the three most recent apps on the user’s smartphone. However, if they want to see more than that, there’s a “Show All Apps” option, which displays all the apps on your smartphone, as the name clearly suggests.


It should be noted, however, that the feature is only exclusive to Samsung devices. Windows Central added that this comes despite the Surface Duo also supporting “Your Phone” “apps” functionality.

But still, Microsoft has yet to announce support for the Surface Duo.

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Windows 10 “Your Phone” and Samsung devices

According to a report by About Msft, Microsoft clarified that Windows 10 users also benefit from the new functionality of the “Your Phone” application.

However, you should have your paired Samsung smartphone updated to OneUI 3.1.1 or any other latest version.

Microsoft said various Samsung mobile devices are part of recent apps functionality on Windows, including S series models, Note series devices, Z Fold line and Z Flip phones. But it’s worth noting that the tech giant didn’t mention the specific supported devices.

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