If you’re a big fan of the Windows 10 Your Phone app, then Microsoft is adding a new feature that’ll make you love it even more. The Your Phone app can now play/pause the songs playing on your Android smartphone.
The feature is currently released for testing alongside the Windows Insider Build 19619 for the fast ring users. Not just play and pause, you can also skip the songs in music apps directly from your Windows 10 PC.
The music control feature in the Your Phone app only works for those Android apps that support audio controls in the notifications. It will be enabled default if you have turned on Android notification sync in Your Phone.
The list of compatible apps includes popular ones such as YouTube Music, Spotify, Amazon Music, Pandora, and Google Podcast. Right now, the regular YouTube app and Audible are not supported.
One interesting thing you’ll find is that the music progress is synced in real-time, and you can control the music apps from your smartphone or PC at the same time. You can also view the name of the app, song, and artist name on your computer.
All in all, it could be of great help at times when you need a distraction-free environment and want to put your smartphone out of sight. Talking more about features, recently, Microsoft added wireless drag-n-drop capability to transfer files easily.
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On the other hand, several apps let you control Android devices from your PC. However, a built-in solution has an edge in terms of compatibility in most cases.
Microsoft says that rollout of the Your Phone music control feature will be gradual. So, it could be a few days before the updated app version 1.20041.85 lands on your machine. You should be running Windows 10 1809 or later versions on your PC and your smartphone should have Android 7.0 at minimum for the feature to work.