Mirror Android To PC – 4 Easy Solutions

Picture this: it’s a Friday evening at your house. You have a few friends over, maybe a pizza, and you’re looking to watch a movie on your television. You have a Smart TV, but the app is so slow and buggy, you decide it’s just easier to hook your computer up to your television like a monitor and play Netflix off of your laptop. You grab your laptop and your charger and you drag it out into your living room. Of course, you can’t find your HDMI cable, and the one you do find seems to be broken on one end. Twenty-five minutes later, the pizza’s cold, everyone’s on their phone, and the night’s hit a bit of a slog. Even after you get the laptop plugged into your TV, you’re stuck by a computer for the rest of the night, moving the mouse, hitting play and pause, and controller the volume. What a mess.

All of this could have been avoided if you’d just set your Android phone or tablet up to wirelessly mirror to your computer or television. Instead of dealing with chargers, wires, headaches, and troubleshooting, you can beam content straight from your phone to your entertainment system, streaming Netflix, Hulu, YouTube, music, and any other number of entertainment sources. This type of wireless mirroring can even be handy for displaying your family photos, home videos, and any other media you might have saved on your phone or tablet. And if you’re in the conference room, mirroring can make presentations a snap, so your focus is on the presentation at hand instead of the technology in front of you.

Though mirroring your phone has traditionally required some form of computer or laptop device hooked up to your television to make the entire system work, the last few years have made the entire system a whole lot easier. From Google’s Cast standard to other similar wireless setups, mirroring your Android phone or tablet has never been easier. Let’s take a look at our favorite apps and setups for mirroring your phone to a computer or television.

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Allcast Mirror

Mirror is another app developed by Koush at ClockworkMod, essentially an earlier version of the same kind of idea and principle behind Vysor, but with a bit of a different interface, and an entirely different way to stream your phone. Instead of relying on a desktop client like Vysor, Mirror allows you to stream your phone to a Fire TV device, Chrome window (using a Chrome web app), Apple TV, or even another Android device automatically. Streaming your device to a Chrome display or Fire TV relies on you installing Koush's Allcast Receiver, while streaming your device to an Apple TV works automatically, without any additional setup. Mirror is truly built around the idea of screen recording, and isn't quite as fully-featured as something like Vysor, but it's also entirely free with a watermark on your recording. The watermark can be removed with an in-app purchase, but since Vysor's own wireless streaming requires the use of a desktop or Chrome app, Mirror is a great addition for owners of an Apple or Fire TV.

AirDroid

AirDroid is better known for its wireless file transfer system and being included with a bunch of different Chromebooks, including some Samsung devices. The app can allow you to transfer your files wirelessly between Windows, Macs, and Chrome OS devices, and can even let you act on notifications on your Android device right from your PC. Beyond that, though, AirDroid also offers the ability to mirror your device's screen to your computer when used in conjunction with either the desktop or web companion app. Called "AirMirror," the app fully supports all rooted and non-rooted devices alike. As we saw with Vysor, you can use your keyboard and mouse to control your mirrored device on your computer or on a projector, making this ideal for the board room. AirDroid is a free app, and its free tier is far more full-featured than what we saw from Vysor, though to take advantage of everything offered by AirDroid, you'll want to spring for their premium plan, available for either $1.99 a month or $19.99 a year.

Posted by William Elcock on July 10, 2017

4 thoughts on “Mirror Android To PC – 4 Easy Solutions”

Alan says:
Solution#2 It says searching for devices and just it does that and nothing pops up
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Ayo says:
Nice and really insightful. I have a product demo coming up and will totally try these app out. Thanks
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Tommy says:
Hi ! Option number 2 doesn’t seem to work on my galaxy s7 edge and laptop. On the phone app, the computer doesn’t show up and is ”searching for devices” indefinetely. Please help !
Thanks
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William Elcock says:
Hi Tommy, please make sure both devices are connected to the same network. If you are using a VPN on one device that may cause an issue as well.
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Helana says:
Hello,
Great article. I was wondering if Airdroid requires both the devices to be connected onto the same WiFi network? My grandmother’s nexus 7 2013 is rooted but she is living abroad. She had a 3/4G data connection, Wanted to help her update her Whatsapp APK version that has become obsolete.
Thank you
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William Elcock says:
Hi Helena, you can connect without being on the same WiFi network.
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