The Your Phone app for Windows 10 provides users the ability to connect with their phones for accessing images, texts, notifications, and a mirror image of their screen via a laptop or desktop device using Windows 10.
The hardware capable of making these features accessible has been limited but this past week it expanded to include more devices. This limitation has impacted both phones and Windows 10 hardware.
As of two days ago, I have been able to verify that screen mirroring is now working with the following hardware:
- Surface Book (OG)
- Surface Book 2
- Surface Laptop
- Surface Pro (2017)
- Surface Go
- HP Spectre x360 (2015)
In addition, when Microsoft released Windows 10 (20H1) Build 18936 earlier this week, they also listed the following additional Surface hardware as now being compatible with Your Phone screen mirroring:
- Surface Laptop 2
- Surface Pro 4
- Surface Pro 5
- Surface Pro 6
Note: I am running Release Preview on Windows 10 (Version 1903), aka the May 2019 Update, and it is also working with screen mirroring once you get the driver updates on your device. In other words, screen mirroring is working with more than just the 20H1 version of the Windows 10 OS that is being tested for next year.
As for phones, that list also remains quite limited. I have the Galaxy S9+, which is on the compatibility list which also includes:
- Samsung Galaxy S10e, S10, S10+, S9, S9+, S8, S8+
- Samsung Galaxy A8, A8+
- Samsung Galaxy Note 9, Note 8
- OnePlus 6, 6T
Finally, the other key requirement for screen mirroring is your Bluetooth chipset must support the low-energy peripheral role.
That last one, once you have the right phone, is the tough one to sort out – especially on desktop machines. Over the last few months, I have tested countless Bluetooth USB dongles on my desktop computer with no success. None of them seem to support this low-energy peripheral role. They do just fine to provide Your Phone access for texts, images, and notfications but that is it.
When I verified earlier this week, and then Microsoft confirmed the expanded hardware devices that would work with Your Phone screen mirroring, I knew there had to be a solution for my desktop.
Off I went to Amazon with the plan to invest in a physical internal card to get this Bluetooth connectivity. I figured a full chipset on that card would likely include support for the low-energy peripheral role.
I took a chance yesterday and searched. I subsequently ordered this card from Amazon – https://amzn.to/2jFjSfM – it is a Wi-Fi and Bluetooth combo that slides into a PCI-E slot on your motherboard with an Intel based chipset. It costs $38 but they are offering 10% off right now.
Note: I suspect any of these style of add-in cards based on an Intel chipset would likely work and support the low-energy peripheral role but I can at least say this one works for sure.
Anyway, the card arrived today and after installing it in my case the first thing I checked were the Bluetooth radio properties for the low-energy peripheral role and if it was supported.
Bingo – first hurdle passed.
Next, I just went through the normal pairing process via the Your Phone app and after a reboot this was available:
So – anyone need a BT USB dongle?