Mirroring your android device to your computer is a handy feature to have. There are a few reasons why you would want to mirror your device’s screen. For instance you may want to give a presentation which is stored on your device, or you might just want to view some images on a bigger screen. Whatever your reason may be, in this article we will be exploring various ways of mirroring your android device to your PC.
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Vysor gives you the ability to both mirror and control your android device from your computer. The ability to control your phone from a computer is quite convenient as it allows you to be working on the computer and not have to move away to then do something on your phone.
In order to get started, first download Vysor for Android here and then download the Google Chrome extension here. This is assuming that you have Google Chrome installed already of course. If you don’t, you can get that from here.
Ok, with that done, you need to enable USB debugging on your device. To do this first go to the Settings app and then under System select Developer options as displayed below.
In Developer options, you then need to ensure that USB debugging is enabled.
Ok, you should now connect your device to your computer via USB cable.
Now, launch the Vysor Chrome app.
Select Find Devices.
If everything was set up correctly, you should see your device. Select it and then you’ll be up and running and ready to use the awesome features of Vysor.
Take note of the relevant shortcuts below.
You can control your device using the window which appears, mirroring your device’s screen. Luckily this includes typing which means that you should in theory be able to input text into any app on your device at a faster rate than would be possible if you were simply using your device’s onscreen keyboard.
Take note of the following functions which Vysor facilitates through a panel at the top of the mirroring window. These are quite useful to have.
- Open main Vysor window
- Toggle title menu
- Full screen
- Toggle soft input panel
- Take screenshot
- Volume down
- Volume up
- Rotate screen
- Toggle screen on/off
Being able to control your device from Vysor means that of course you will be able to type on your phone using your computer’s keyboard. Unfortunately however, there is no wireless option for connection and you must stick to the physical USB connection unless you upgrade to the pro version of Vysor.
Mirror allows you to cast your device’s screen to your computer but it does not allow you to control your device from the computer. Download Mirror from here and Allcast Receiver from here to get started.
You should then make sure that both your device and computer are on the same WiFi network. Launch the Allcast Receiver app on your computer and then launch the Mirror app on your phone. You should see your computer as a device available to add.
Select your device and you will then be alerted to the fact that Mirror will be capturing everything on your screen.
Your screen will then be visible on your computer and that’s it!
3. Chromecast and Google Cast
If you own a Chromecast device, you cast your device’s screen to your TV with the aid of the Google Cast app. To find out more, check out our guide on how to mirror Android with Chromecast.
4. Airdroid Mirror
In addition to allowing users to access the files on their device wirelessly, Airdroid also provides users with the ability to mirror their device’s screen to their computer when used in conjunction with the desktop companion app. After downloading and installing the Airdroid desktop companion and connecting to your device, select it and then select Airmirror under the AirMirror tab.
Please note that this feature requires that your device be rooted if you wish to use it wirelessly. You will need to connect your device to your computer with a USB cable in order to use this feature without rooting your device. If this is the case for you, after selecting your device and the AirMirror option, the app will send the required prompts in order for you to get everything setup properly.
If you need the ability to mirror your Android device’s screen to your PC, be sure to give these apps a try. If you are just looking to get up and running quickly, the Mirror method might be best for you but remember that you will not be able to control your device using this method. You can control your device with either Vysor or Airdroid.
If you want wireless control, you can use Airdroid. However you will have to be rooted. Otherwise use your USB cable with Airdoid or with Vysor in order to both mirror and control your screen.
Thanks for reading and if you have any questions be sure to leave them in the comments below.