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You’ll soon be able to stream your Android phone’s audio to Windows 11

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Phone Link’s audio sharing feature

Windows 11’s Phone Link app (originally called Your Phone) was rebranded earlier this year and revamped with a new redesign to match the updated Windows 11 user interface. Phone Link is already a useful tool for Windows and it really works as long as you have a Samsung phone.

You can link your Android phone to the desktop and also sync your notifications, messages, contacts and apps (if you have a Samsung phone). Admittedly, Phone Link features are already more than enough to sync your devices in real time, but there are still plenty of opportunities to improve the app for non-Samsung users.

Fortunately, Microsoft is working on a new update to the “Phone Link” app that will allow you to share the phone’s audio with the desktop. The feature is called “Stream Audio to Your PC” and you can hear and see things shared from your phone to your PC. In a way, it now resembles Spotify’s Connect.

Phone Link audio stream on Windows 11
Stream audio to your desktop from your phone

“You spoke and we listened! Now you can hear and see things shared from your phone to your PC. Change the device you want to stream audio from in the Phone Link settings,” Microsoft noted.

The feature is accessible above the notification area of ​​the Phone Link app. It appears to be rolling out to select users and it does not appear to be functional at the moment.

Continuity Browsing History

Microsoft is working on another new functionality for the Phone Link app: “Browser History Continuity”.

Windows 11 Phone Link Browser Sharing
Windows 11’s new feature to share browsing history

As the name and the screenshot below indicate, it allows Samsung users to easily share their browsing history to the desktop or vice versa using Phone Link and Samsung’s default Internet browser.

Unfortunately, Continuity Browser History is yet another Samsung exclusive feature for the Phone Link app. However, non-Samsung users can always rely on Microsoft Edge’s built-in ‘Continuous browsing experience’.

What comes next to Windows 11 apps – Screen Recorder

In addition to improvements to the existing apps like Phone Link, Microsoft is also working on a built-in Screen Recorder for Windows 11.

This was teased at the Surface event in October.

The Snipping Tool in Windows 11 will soon be updated with a screen recorder, and it’s certainly a welcome addition because Windows doesn’t have an easy way to record your screen unless you’re willing to use the Xbox Game Bar to record certain activities.

Microsoft didn’t talk much about the upcoming screen recorder, but it looks like the feature could make an appearance in Snipping Tool later this year.

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