Apps that work with Continuum for phones
A variety of apps already work with Continuum – including Microsoft Edge, Word, Excel, USA Today, Audible, Photos and Mail – and more apps will work soon. In the meantime, you can use your phone to open apps that don’t work with Continuum yet.
Right now, only a selection of apps works with Continuum for phones—including Microsoft Edge, Office apps, and a few others (like Weather and Mail). We’re working to support more apps in future updates. In the meantime, you can still use unsupported apps on your phone—they just won’t show up on the connected screen.
If you’re not seeing anything on the connected TV or monitor:
Check that all the cables you’re using are plugged in.
Make sure your dock or adapter is connected to the correct HDMI port (there may be more than one).
Review the setup instructions to be sure you didn’t miss a step.
If the picture isn’t looking right on-screen:
Go to the settings menu on your connected TV or monitor.
Look for picture, image, or display settings.
Select the setting that fits the picture to the screen (if available).
If that doesn’t work, change other display settings until the picture is properly positioned and scaled.
Having trouble with audio or something else? Check out Continuum for phones: FAQ.
How it works?
When you dock (wired or wireless) your mobile device (phone/tablet) to an external display such as a monitor, television or projector, Windows 10 Mobile launches a separate tailored experience on the external display while maintaining the expected experience on your phone/tablet. Additionally, a mouse or a keyboard may be used with the external display similar to how they would with a PC.
The phone/tablet and monitor are managed as separate independent displays; a cursor or application windows cannot be dragged between and the desktop cannot be extended across them. An application can be launched on either monitor, and applications can choose to have a companion experience on the internal screen when the app is running on the extended screen. When a keyboard and mouse are paired to the phone/tablet their input is targeted only to the external screen. If a keyboard and mouse is not connected, your phone can be used to provide input to the external screen.
In the desktop environment, you have
– Traditional desktop experience with Start Menu
– Windows 10 apps scale to the external screen
– Full keyboard and mouse support
In the mobile environment, you have
– Full mobile functionality including communication and apps
– Windows 10 apps scale to phone screen size
Continuum for Phones supports both wired and wireless configurations. This section includes some examples of hardware configurations that we believe could be built to support the Continuum for Phones feature; actual implementation and design is up to the OEM and/or hardware vendor.
Figure shows a Miracast dongle in a media consumption configuration. The phone casts to a TV via Miracast. Bluetooth keyboard and mouse can be used to control the application on the external screen. Dongles that support the Miracast extensions included in Windows 10 will provide the best experience; Miracast dongles which do not support these extensions will provide a lesser experience due to increased latency and connection issues.
Figure shows a wireless dock configuration.
what apps work with continuum for phones
The wireless dock is built around the same components as the wireless dongle with additional connections for USB keyboard and mouse. The wireless connection from the phone/tablet to the dock carries audio and video via Miracast. Dongles that support the Miracast extensions included in Windows 10 will provide the best experience; Miracast dongles that do not support these extensions will provide a lesser experience due to increased latency and connection issues. A Bluetooth keyboard and mouse can be used in this configuration, or a USB keyboard and mouse can be connected to the dock and its input routed back to the phone via the Miracast User Input Back Channel (UIBC) feature included in the Windows 10 Miracast extensions. UIBC keyboard and mouse requires that the dock support the Windows 10 Miracast extensions.
Figure shows a wired dock configuration.
The wired connection from the phone to the dock carries audio, video, USB, and power. A display cable connects the dock to the monitor. A keyboard and mouse can be connected to the dock either wired or wireless. This configuration will result in an improved dock experience due to the bandwidth provided by the wired connection. USB Type C is recommended, although not required, for a user-friendly and high quality single cable experience.
Continuum for Phones requirements
|Component||Minimum Requirements||Premium Recommendations|
|Applications processor||Qualcomm MS8952, MS8992, MS8994||Dual SIM support|
|RAM*||2 GB RAM for phones with display resolution of 720p||3 GB RAM for phones with display resolution of 1080p or more|
|Flash storage||≥16 GB nonremovable flash memory|
|microSD||Optional||microSD card support|
|Bluetooth||Bluetooth 4.0 support is required|
|Wi-Fi||Supports at least 802.11n dual band||802.11ac dual band recommended. 2×2 antenna recommended.|
|Miracast||Supports Windows 10 Miracast extensions.|
|USB||USB dual-role required to support wired dock configuration. USB 2.0 support required||USB 3.0 recommended. USB Type C connector strongly recommended to support wired configurations.|