Don’t want to wait for Windows 11? Here’s how to run Android apps on a PC or laptop

Microsoft unveiled Windows 11, and one of the biggest changes to Windows is its ability to run Android apps. The new operating system will be available by the end of the year. But, if you don’t want to wait that long to test this feature, you can use Microsoft’s “Your Phone” app to run Android apps on your PC. However, for this you need a Samsung Galaxy phone and your PC needs to be running Windows 10 October 2019 Update or later versions. Alternatively, you can also use emulators to use Android apps on a laptop. Read on to find out more.

How to run Android apps on PC or laptop without an emulator

Step 1: First of all, you need to install Microsoft’s You Phone app on your smartphone and PC.

2nd step: Open the app on your PC and click on Android (or iPhone) and click on the Continue button again.

Step 3: If the mentioned application is installed on your device, then you can check the box and press the “Open QR code” button and generate the code.

Step 4: Now open the Your Phone Companion app on your smartphone and open Link to Windows from the Quick settings menu. Once you tap the icon, turn it on.

Step 5: Click on the “Link your phone and PC” box. The next screen will ask you if a QR code is displayed on your PC. You must then scan the QR code by pressing Continue. You are ready then. Your smartphone and your PC will then be connected. (Keep your phone screen if you want to use apps on PC)

What I liked about the “Your phone” application

This app is good enough for checking your smartphone notifications. You don’t need to transfer your photos via bluetooth. You can simply download the photos available on your phone through this app. However, there is no option to select all photos at once. Note that the “Your Phone” app is available for all smartphones, so you can use all other features. But the functionality of the app is only visible to Samsung phone users. You can view messages, notifications, photos from your smartphone and even make calls. This app is for Windows, so iPhone users can try third-party tools like LonelyScreen.

Why are Android emulators a better choice?

If you are using Android emulators, you don’t need your smartphone to project the screen to your PC. You can just install as many Android apps as you want and use them on your laptop. Screen projection also reduces the phone’s battery to a certain extent.

Microsoft’s “Your Phone” application does not allow applications such as Facebook or Instagram to be viewed in full screen, which is not the case with Android emulators. However, you can use the web version of the apps.

The problem with the Your Phone app is not that all Android apps will work seamlessly and some apps like Netflix block the ability to stream to other screens. The video streaming app displayed a black screen and has just played the audio.

If you want to play Android games on PC, it is better to use emulators as they offer great game controls and customizable keyboard mapping features. Bluestacks and Gamelopp let you take a screenshot, record your game, and offer some really good keyboard mapping options, which is not the case with the Your Phone app.

Some games did not respond to keyboard or mouse. It happened when I played games like Genshin Impact and Tennis 3D. Note that the PC version of Genshin Impact is available, and I was playing it to test Microsoft’s Your Phone application.

Most apps (such as Genshin Impact, YouTube, and Spotify) were playing audio from my Samsung smartphone instead of my laptop. But, I was able to type in Google Play Store using the keyboard.

Moreover, every time you open the app after closing it, it takes some time to connect to your smartphone. You may receive “Something has happened” or “Connection failed” notifications. With Android emulators, you don’t have to face such problems. The controls and features are much better and the connection is seamless.

How to use Android apps on a laptop with an emulator

It is very easy to use Android apps and games on PC using emulator. You can visit the official Bluestacks or Gameloop website and download them. After installing them on your laptop, simply go to the Play Store and download the Android app you want to use on your PC.

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