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control phone from computer Can you control your smartphone using only your computer? The answer is a resounding YES. The real question is: how much of your smartphone can you control? As I sat down to write this article, I had no clue what the answer to that question was, and to my surprise, the answer is quite a lot.

From texts and call logs to full blown mouse-and-keyboard input, we can actually do much more than you might expect.


The first Android remote control app I used is MightyText and I must say… wow. This app can be summarized rather succinctly: send and read SMS messages through your Android phone by using a computer or tablet. Seems simple enough, right? Yet for something so easy, I’m blown away by how practical it is AND how polished the final product looks.

MightyText is a web app that stays in sync with your phone through a wireless connection. In order for it to work, you need to install the MightyText app on your phone and sign in using a Google account. As the app runs silently in your phone’s background, the web app (which you access using a simple URL) updates on the fly when you receive new texts.

control phone from computer

With MightyText, you can browse your texts in two modes: Classic (selecting one conversation at a time) or Power (viewing all of your conversations at once in a grid). As you receive new texts, you’ll see popup notifications Read Text Messages Automatically With SMS Popup [Android] Read Text Messages Automatically With SMS Popup [Android] There are a number of great reasons why you might want to read the contents of an SMS automatically. If you use the regular message notifications, all you see when a text message arrives, is... Read More . Sending a message is easy as well; all you need to do is type away and press Send. You can even add attachments for those messages that transcend text.


The web app is beautiful and very responsive, so much so that I just feel cozy using it. The remote control portion of MightyText (the web app, basically) is available as a Chrome extension, Firefox addon, and an Android Tablet app. The regular web app works on IE, Safari, iPads, and Kindle Fires. Opera support is on its way.


LazyDroid is named for those of you who are apparently so lazy that you can’t be bothered to go and physically grab your phone. I’m okay with that though; it describes me rather well. But on a more serious note, LazyDroid is really cool. All you have to do is install the app onto your Android phone and run it in the background while your phone has Internet access.

The app will tell you the “server IP” of LazyDroid on your phone, but don’t worry. It’s not as scary as it sounds. Just type that IP and port (it should be in a form similar to into your browser and you will be presented with something that looks like a full-blown desktop. This is where all of the magic happens.

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From this desktop, you can control many different aspects of your phone: SMS, contacts, call logs, camera, sensors, file manager, or even direct remote control of the device. Just be sure to note that remote control requires your Android to be rooted How To Root Your Android Phone With SuperOneClick How To Root Your Android Phone With SuperOneClick Read More . By default, the web app connects to your phone through a wireless connect, but LazyDroid has a USB client that you can use if you want a direct connection (less lag).

The LazyDroid app isn’t exactly free. You can use it without limit for 24 hours, but once the trial is over you’re stuck between using the limited version OR upgrading to premium which costs $4.00 USD.

Android Screencast

Android Screencast is a small hobby project that lets you remote control your Android phone through the Android SDK. We have an article that will help you set up the Android SDK How To Capture Screenshots With Your Android Mobile Phone How To Capture Screenshots With Your Android Mobile Phone Read More ; just scroll down to the section called Setting Up Your PC… and you’ll be good to go. The Android SDK is what grants your PC control of your Android device when the USB is plugged in.

control phone from computer

With Android Screencast, you can: control your device completely using mouse and keyboard (rooted devices only); record the screen to video while you use your phone; browse your phone’s file system effortlessly. What are the downsides? Well, since it’s a small hobby side project, it isn’t very optimized or polished and you’ll experience some hiccups.

All in all, it shows some promise but needs a bit of work done before I’d consider switching to it. Just know that it’s out there and it may turn into a real project sooner or later. Requires Java Runtime Environment 5 or higher to operate correctly.


So can you control your phone from your computer? Yes, you can. The technology may still be primitive with a number of flaws and missing features, but give it a year or two. Current developers will break new ground and other developers will start their own competing apps, all resulting in better remote control for our phones. Whether remote phone control is necessary is a topic for another time.

Know of any other remote control apps for Android? Please share them in the comments. This is an area that I wasn’t aware existed until a few days ago, so researching all of these possibilities has been a blast. I’d love to hear about other alternatives.

Image Credits: Hands on Keyboard Via Shutterstock

  1. icandybee
    November 27, 2015 at 12:18 am

    I'm looking for complete control of my phone. I want to be able to access my apps as well as calls and texts. I've looked at all that's been recommended here and but for buying the j5create
    cord none of these do that. TeamViewer, and Soti are basically for meetings, MightyText, LazyDroid, and Airdroid are much the same but for notifications with Airdroid. Droid VNC server reqires a rooted phone Reviews on Wondershare read "ITS A SCAM!"... so, whew! any other suggestions to try?? Basically, I want to see my phone screen on my pc and have it function like I'm holding it in my hand.

    • Ben
      June 27, 2016 at 1:56 pm

      Me too man. that's why I clicked this. Have you found anything?

      • donna
        July 24, 2016 at 7:50 pm

        I'm kinda sad bc I used to use mobizen for this, but for some reason it changed within the last year and now I need to unlock my phone in order to use it the same way. really bummed out. let me know if you find anything

        • Tom
          December 22, 2016 at 6:06 am

          ApowerMirror is definitely the best tool I have ever used to totally control my phone from PC. Very smooth. And I can access all my apps, messages, or play games with mouse.

  2. Stephanie
    September 7, 2013 at 12:17 pm

    My phone screen is completely broken so I'm trying to recover some files e.g photographs, will the third programme allow me to do this without touching my phone and just having it plugged in via USB?

    • Andriana
      November 21, 2015 at 4:39 am

      I have this same issue and it wont let me download any pictures unless my phone is unlocked. Any help?

  3. wendy
    August 29, 2013 at 7:21 pm

    SlickManage does a great job of managing multiple phones from a single website.
    All you have to do is install the app on all your android devices and you get to control them all from your computer! it's pretty neat.

  4. Sunil Jangir
    August 29, 2013 at 5:07 am

    Airdroid is complete solution.

  5. ralph
    August 14, 2013 at 10:38 pm

    I use WonderShare Mobilego

  6. RJ
    June 26, 2013 at 8:40 am

    have you tried ??

  7. RJ
    June 26, 2013 at 8:39 am

    Have you tried

  8. Hisham Sliman
    June 3, 2013 at 10:22 pm

    Does the LAZYDROID work if the phone is stolen so we can capture the phone's location or get a picture of the person who took it???

  9. e
    June 1, 2013 at 7:10 pm

    you forgot airdroid

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  15. bee
    May 28, 2013 at 9:08 pm

    great article. missed airdroid, but i love these types of posts: introducing me to new things, and being original (not some summary from another website.) Thanks MUO!

  16. vineed g
    May 28, 2013 at 5:33 pm

    wow amazing apps ,,,thanks for sharing :D

  17. Joe
    May 28, 2013 at 3:34 pm

    I absolutely love Mightytext. I have been using it since the beta days back when another tech site did a promo for it and gave out beta keys. It has come a LONG way since then. Used to be you can only use it through the Google chrome add on but now you can use the web interface and it has gotten many facelifts including a recent one that will sync your pics for you as well when you take them. The other options you suggested sound great as well but I don't need that much control. Mightytext has definitely saved me tons of time allowing me to respond within seconds instead of having to pick up your phone and type out a reply which can take a lot longer. Add that up over the few years its been out and I know its saved me hours of wasted time.

  18. Jean-Michel A
    May 28, 2013 at 3:13 pm

    Great idea but i like this product better i won't have to do any manipulation not majorly and it is fully interconnected with your PC

  19. Paulo Bernardo
    May 28, 2013 at 2:31 pm

    I use MightyText, but i'm gonna try LazyDroid. It looks kinda good.

  20. JonasEikeland
    May 28, 2013 at 2:24 pm

    For some devices you can also use TeamViewer, just download TeamViewer for you PC for free, and download TeamViewer QS (Quick Support), sync them together, and you'll be good to go

  21. barney
    May 28, 2013 at 1:26 pm

    So, I have to give up my ID or break existing law for remote access? I'll pass, thank you very much.

  22. Krzysztof Buzko
    May 28, 2013 at 9:59 am

    I don't see any adventages of controling my phone from pc....

    • wtf
      October 2, 2013 at 5:11 am

      You dont have a job do you?

    • Krzysztof B
      October 2, 2013 at 6:31 pm

      I have a fulltime job. What is the link between these two ?

      • Damo
        December 26, 2016 at 10:28 am

        These apps save you a lot of time if you use your phone a lot when in front of your computer. If you don't have a job then you have plenty of free time so don't care about wasting time using your small phone screen and slow phone keyboard to do things...

  23. zoroz
    May 28, 2013 at 8:03 am

    AirDroid is the best all-round solution, and looks great.

  24. Spencer Partridge
    May 28, 2013 at 4:54 am

    LazyDroid is now called 3CX Remote Android Desktop if you are looking for it in the Play Store

  25. Louis
    May 28, 2013 at 4:41 am

    What about AirDroid 2? I don't even have an android phone and I would totally use it if I did.

  26. Mowy
    May 28, 2013 at 4:12 am

    DroidVNC... works like a charm. Its quick, its light and you just need any vnc client.

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