How to cast Android screen to PC using WiFi or USB

It may not be that frequent, but there will be times when you need to mirror or cast your Android screen to your computer. There can be various reasons for this, such as wanting to record your screen, play Android games on your PC, watch movies or videos on a larger screen, or even give a presentation of an application or document directly from your Android device.

No matter what the reason is, it is relatively easy to send Android screen to PC regardless of whether your Android device is rooted or not. Let’s take a look at those.

Before we start

None of the screen mirroring apps will allow you to play high-end motion games on your computer screen. It doesn’t matter if it works with USB or Wi-Fi. The only thing that worked was Chromecast. But for basic screencasting needs like presentations or app demos, these apps should work just fine.

Cast Android screen to PC

1. Connect the application

Works with: Wi-Fi

Since the August 2016 Anniversary Update, Windows 10 offers a native way to mirror the Android screen to a Windows PC. Kind of like the way you connect your Android to Chromecast on your TV.

Requirement

  • A PC with the Windows 10 Anniversary update
  • An Android device that supports Miracast

How does it work: Just find and run the “Connect”From the Windows 10 start menu. Now, open the notification center on your Android device and select the option”Cast. “On some devices, you can find it at Settings> Display > Cast. You will see a list of all the devices that your Android device can stream. In case it doesn’t, tap on three vertical dots at the top right and select Enable wireless display option. Then select your personal computer off the list and voila.

Pros: No need to install any third party software.

Cons: Only available on computers running the Windows 10 Anniversary Update. And in our tests, most Android phones do not support Miracast as it is in direct competition with Google Chromecast. Also, even if you get it to work, you won’t be able to control your Android phone from your PC.

Bottom line: Of course, the Connect app in Windows 10 is quite limited and doesn’t work for all Android devices. However, if you are simply looking to watch some movies, pictures, or make presentations, then the built-in Connect app in Windows 10 isn’t bad. However, if you need an option to mirror your Android screen to another Android device, check out this list.

Using the Connect app in Windows 10 showing a blue screen with information on the desktop ready to connect wirelessly.

2. LetsView

Works with: Wi-Fi

LetsView is designed to run on Windows and can easily stream Android and iOS devices.

How does it work: It works on Wi-Fi only, which means you can’t use it to stream your mobile devices over the internet. The app just refuses to let you connect. However, it automatically detects the server running on your PC. Just allow the connection on your phone and you are good to go. Latency is almost negligible, which means that you can easily stream content to PC.

Pros: Supports Android and iOS devices, offers almost no latency during streaming, records your screen, no watermark, 4k support.

Cons: It does not work without Wi-Fi.

Bottom line: If you want a one-touch solution to cast Android or iOS screen to your PC via Wi-Fi, it’s worth it.

Get LetsView

3. Apowermirror

Works with: USB

It is a relatively new application. And unlike all the other apps on this list, Apowermirror not only allows you to cast your Android screen on your PC, but you can also fully control your Android smartphone from your computer. Root is not required.

How does it work: Install on pc ApowerMirror – Mirror and Control app on your Android smartphone or tablet and open it. Then install the Apowermirror PC Pack on your PC. Now, open both software and connect your Android to your PC with a USB cable and follow the instructions. You will have to enable USB debugging from developer settings.

Pros: No watermark on screen. It allows you to fully control your Android screen from your PC. And it gives you advanced options like screenshots and recording etc.

Cons: The application forces you to create a free account to use more features. And after 3 days of creating your account, the app will force you to pay $ 29.95 / year to use all the features, which also include screencasting. The app works over Wi-Fi too, but that’s not reliable.

Bottom line: Decent screencasting app without watermark and lots of useful features. Still, it comes at a price and that price is too high, which is why we cannot recommend this app. But we use the free version.

Apowermirror application screenshot on desktop showing phone screen on mockup computer with controls on the side.

Install on pc Apowermirror

4. Airdroid

Works with: Wi-Fi and mobile data

This is the best way to cast your Android screen on any computer. Why? Well, until all the methods we’ve seen are paid, have intrusive ads, or don’t work reliably. But Airdroid changes all that.

How does it work: The screen mirroring function is hidden in the user interface. So, this is how it works, download the Airdroid Google Play Store app and open it. Now, you can create a new account or tap Skip. The app will give you an IP address, type it into your computer’s browser and you should see the Airdroid web UI. Then click on the screenshot icon and you will see your Android screen. There is also a full screen option.

Look at the following video, for step-by-step instructions on how to use Airdroid to mirror your Android screen.

Pros: It’s free, it works on all platforms, and there are no intrusive ads or big watermarks on the screen. In fact, it can work wirelessly even without WiFi, which no other app on this list can do.

Cons: You can’t use Airdroid’s screen mirroring feature for high-end motion games on your computer. But this is something you can only do with Chromecast.

Bottom line: Without a doubt, the best solution for screen transmission.

Install on pc Airdroid

5. TeamViewer host

Works with: mobile data

TeamViewer is a popular application for remotely accessing your desktop computer using another computer. What if I told you that you can take control of your Android on a PC? Well, it won’t let you control the real phone, but you can still see the screen in real time.

How to install: We have a detailed guide here, but in short, just install TeamViewer Host on your smartphone from Play Store. Login to your TeamViewer account or create one in the registration section. After the account has been created and authenticated. Go to login.teamviewer.com on your computer and log in with the same credentials. You will see the option to connect to the smartphone if you are connected to the internet, you will have access to the mobile device on your computer.

Pros: It’s free, it works with the Internet from anywhere in the world and the connection is secured with encryption. Also, you don’t even have to install an application on the computer, it also works with a web browser.

Cons: It does not allow you to control the actual device, but it does allow you to transmit gestures and is displayed on the mobile device.

Bottom line: Use this app if you want an easy solution to get the Android screen on a computer and you want to help the remote user with some settings. Obviously, you cannot control your Android from your desktop, but if you ever want to control the desktop with an Android smartphone, you can refer to this article.

screenshot of Teamviewer application running on phone and casting screen to PC

Install on pc TeamViewer host (free)

6. Scrcpy

Works with: USB

Scrcpy is a new kid on the block that not only allows you to mirror your Android screen to the computer, but also allows you to control it. There are 3 things that separate Scrcpy from all the other apps on the list. It’s free, works on all platforms, and requires a USB connection.

How to install: Scrcpy is not exactly an application that you can launch from your computer with one click. Use a USB and ADB connection. To get started, you can read this detailed article, but generally, you need to follow these steps.

  1. Set up ADB access on your computer and extract it to C: adb
  2. Download the latest zip file from Github and extract it in the same file that we used before, that is, C: adb
  3. Connect your smartphone or tablet to your computer with a USB cable
  4. Open a command prompt or terminal inside C: adb and enter scrcpy. That’s it!

Pros: It is a free application (without ads) and open source, it works on Windows, macOS and Linux, with low latency. And best of all, control your smartphone without your computer keyboard or mouse.

Cons: Difficult to set up for non-geeks, it requires a USB connection to work.

Bottom line: If you often use your smartphone in conjunction with the side of your computer and are familiar with ADB commands, Scrcpy is the best option for you. Compared to all other methods, this was the fastest with no visible lag.

Closing words

Simply put, if you are comfortable with a USB connection between your computer and Android, Scrcpy is the best option out there. There are almost no lags, watermarks, or intrusive ads. However, if you like the wireless option, I’ll vouch for Airdroid. Hope that helps and if you think I missed any of the apps you like, comment below sharing your favorite apps to mirror Android screen to computer.

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