Android screen mirroring isn’t as popular as other Android topics like rooting or customization. It is probably because not many people are aware of it or they just don’t want to deal with the hassle. Now, there are hundreds of screen mirroring apps using which you can cast Android to your PC.
What is Screen Mirroring?
Screen Mirroring is a way through which you can remotely share/mirror one device screen to another, such as mirroring Android Screen on your PC or vice-versa. In this article, we’ll be talking about screen mirroring on Android.
A phone screen on a PC can help you in many ways. For instance, it removes that extra step of grabbing the smartphone for every new notification; If you are a developer, you can check app performance on the Android phone mockup; sharing media files to PC also becomes very easy.
Prerequisites for screen mirroring
For screen mirroring apps to work, it is necessary that you turn on USB debugging which is located in the Android developer options.
- To enable Developer Options on your Android Device –
- Head over to your Android Settings ⇒ System ⇒ About Phone
- Scroll down and tap Build Number five times
- Go back to System settings
- You will now see Developer Options
- To enable USB Debugging on your Android Device –
- Head over to Android Settings ⇒ System ⇒ Developer Options
- Scroll down and toggle USB debugging
I would recommend you to tick “Always allow” for the “Allow USB Debugging” pop-up. Thus, you won’t have to repeatedly deal with the permission box.
Keep in mind that Android screen mirroring apps need a strong internet connection if you’re going for the wireless option. Also, both platforms should share a single Wi-Fi to cast Android wirelessly. That being said, users can also view their phone screen on PC via a USB cable.
How to mirror Android to PC — 6 Best Apps
- AirDroid (Wireless)
- Screen Stream Mirroring by MobZapp (Wireless)
The quickest method to mirror Android screen on your PC is through Vysor. The app is ridiculously easy to set-up. You can use apps, play games, take screenshots i.e essentially, everything that you can do on an Android device.
The only drawback with Vysor is that most of its necessary features come with a price. From high-resolution Android screen mirroring to sharing Android screen wirelessly, everything starts with a subscription. In fact, a simple drag and drop is locked in the free version.
On the bright side, Vysor Android screen mirroring is fast and extremely easy to set up. Moreover, users can click and share screenshots and recordings.
How to mirror Android screen via USB [Vysor]
- Download the Vysor mirroring software for Windows/ Mac/ Linux/Chrome
- Connect your device to PC via USB cable
- Allow USB debugging prompt on your Android
- Open Vysor Installer File on your PC
- The software will prompt a notification saying a “Vysor has detected a device”
- Now, tap on view to start casting your device on your PC screen.
Vyser in-app purchases – $2.50/monthly, $10/yearly, or $40/lifetime.
ApowerMirror is another brilliant application that lets your mirror Android to PC and vice-versa. In other words, not only you can control Android using mouse and keyboard, but ApowerMirror also enables users to control PC with their Android.
Upon subscribing to the ApowerMirror VIP account, you can mirror three Android devices at the same time. The paid membership also allows you to scribble and draw on the screen.
I think the best feature is the Game Keyboard where you can map keyboard shortcuts for smoother Android functionality. ApowerMirror has more features than you can digest, but setting it up can be a really tough task. Anyway, let’s get right to it –
How to mirror Android screen To PC without Internet [ApowerMirror]
- Download and Install ApowerMirror on your Windows and Android device.
- Enable USB Debugging in developer options
- Connect the device to PC via USB ( Allow USB debugging prompt on your Android)
- Open the app and tap “START NOW” on the permission to capture screen
How to mirror Android screen wirelessly [ApowerMirror]
- Remove the USB cable
- Run the mirror app on the Android device
- Tap on the M button at the bottom of the app
- Select your Computer Name in the listing (Make sure PC version is up and running)
- Choose “Phone Screen Mirroring” (Go for other option if you want to mirror computer window on your device)
- Tap on “Start Now”
Lifetime subscription (Endless)- $69.95,
Yearly Subscription – $29.95
Unlimited Subscription for one year (All Apowersoft Products) – $59.95
Scrcpy is a free open-source alternative to all the best screen mirroring software that requires users to shell out loads of money.
The best part is you don’t have to install any application here, but only Android ADB tools. Scrcpy supports both, USB and Wireless Android screen mirroring and supports Windows, macOS and Linux. Due to Scrcpy’s low size, the tool offers an extremely low latency rate, therefore, making it the fastest screen mirroring app.
However, the biggest problem with Scrcpy is that it is a little difficult to set up, particularly for users who have no technical knowledge of Terminal, ADB tools, Command-Line, etc.
Prerequisites for installing Scrcpy
- Android ADB Tools
- USB Debugging turned on your Android device
How to mirror Android screen using Scrcpy (macOS)?
- Open Terminal
- Enter the Homebrew command and press enter
- Now, enter the command “brew cask install android-platform-tools” if you haven’t installed Android ADB tools on your macOS
- To install Scrcpy, enter the command “brew install scrcpy” and wait for the installation to complete.
- Now, plug in your Android device using the USB cable and enter the command “scrcpy” in the Terminal
Windows and Linux users can find steps to install the Android mirroring tool on the Scrcpy’s Github page.
4. AirDroid (Wireless)
AirDroid has been the user’s top choice in Android screen mirroring apps due to its unique features and smooth synchronization between Android and PC.
The mirroring application for Android house a desktop client where users can share files, read notifications, missed calls and call logs. In the pro account, you can remotely open the camera on your device. AirDroid also has a web client that enables users to use their Android phones on the web.
AirDrop has it’s UI with a limited amount of Android functionality. This means you cannot play games, run apps or do things along those lines. However, the mirroring app lets you stream Android devices to PC so that you can take screenshots and record the screen.
How to mirror Android wirelessly [AirDroid]
- Download and install the app on Windows/macOS and your Android/iOS device
- Open Windows app and create an AirDroid account
- Add a device to your account via signing in the AirDroid app version
Now, you can access your Android device files, calls, messages. The floating bar will show any notifications that come up on your device. To receive desktop notifications – Go to Android settings ⇒ Apps and Notifications ⇒ Special app access ⇒ Notification Acess ⇒Toggle AirDroid on.
How to Stream Android on PC [AirDroid]
- Open AirDroid on your PC
- Tap on AirMirror Tab
- Tap on ViewOnly Mode
- Head over to your Android device and tap “Start Now” on the pop-up.
How to mirror Android on Google Chrome [AirDroid]
- Head over to the AirDroid Website on your browser
- Log in if have already made an account or simply scan the QR code through the app
Monthly – $1.99
Yearly – $19.99
5. Screen Stream Mirroring by MobZapp (Wireless)
As the name suggests, the Android screen mirroring app is predominantly used for streaming your Android device.
However, this screen sharing app has an endless number of platforms support. Starting with media players like VLC, KODI, OBS to sharing screen over the web. The mirroring app even allows you to broadcast your Android screen to Twitch, Youtube, Facebook, Ustream, etc.
With this software, you can also share the screen with UPnP / DLNA devices such as Smart TV. Not to mention, the app is Google Chromecast ready as well. The only issue with this app is free version has a time limit for each application run, and the Android application is crawling with ads.
If you are looking to cast your Android device on a PC or TV, this Android app is surely a must. However, if controlling Android via PC is the primary goal, this app shouldn’t be on your list.
How to mirror Android screen on your Web Browser
- Start the stream from your Android device
- Remember the URL prompted at the bottom
- Type the exact URL in your PC browser search bar
- Enjoy the stream
How to mirror Android screen wirelessly on PC
- Download the Android app
- Allow “Start Stream Mirroring” pop-up on the screen
- Now Open VLC on PC ⇒ File menu ⇒ “Open Network Stream”
- Type the URL, given in the Android App,
- Click Play
Check out there official website FAQ to know more about how you can stream Android on different platforms.
Screen Stream Mirroring price
The paid version is available on Google Play Store for $4.99
Mobizen is very similar to the Vysor screen mirroring app for Android, only Mobizen’s basic features are free to use. For instance, mirroring form a web browser like Chrome, controlling device via keyboard/mouse, transferring and viewing files on PC and so much more.
Apart from that, mirroring on Mobizen shows a sophisticated Android device render on the PC. You can set up screen transparency (ghost mode) and even add push notifications on a paid subscription. You can also use your Android device remotely through the Mobizen website.
While everything with this app is close to perfect, there is a slight problem with it. In the wireless option, the app doesn’t let you control your Android device. But you can still record, draw, transfer files and do lots of stuff. Also, when it comes to overall casting speed and smoothness, Vysor overcomes Mobizen entirely.
How to mirror Android screen via USB [Mobizen]
- Download and install Mobizen mirroring app on your PC and Android Device.
- Turn on USB Debugging on developer options
- Open the Android app and sign in.
- Launch the mirroring software on windows and choose between USB / Wireless and log in
- Tap on “Start now” in the pop-up to initialize the remote connection
To mirror the Android screen on a web browser. Just log in through this Mobizen website and follow the same steps above.
Monthly – $2.99
One Year – $23.90
Two year – $47.88
How to Mirror Android To External Display or TV?
The above methods work when you wish to mirror Android to your PC or laptop but what if you don’t have a computer at your disposal? In this case, you can use your TV or an external display as a bigger. However, to do this, you’ll need Chromecast. We’ve created a dedicated guide on how to set up your Chromecast device and use it to cast your Android display.
All of these apps work fine if you want to integrate your device functionality into the PC. However, if you’re more into playing Android games on PC or using Android apps, I would recommend that you install one of the best Android emulators to get an uninterrupted Android experience on a computer.
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