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Sometimes, you want to see your Android smartphone’s screen on your PC. How do you do that?

Well, if you have a rooted smartphone, it’s easy. But if you haven’t rooted your device, there are still some simple ways to get your phone or tablet’s screen to show on your PC or Mac.

Why mirror your screen? There are plenty of reasons. You might be a developer in the middle of coding and want to check your app without having to constantly reach for your phone. You might want to share your pictures on a big screen without uploading them. Or you might need to give a presentation quickly while the projector is connected to a PC.

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What You Need

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Vysor, made by prolific Android developer Koushik Dutta, is the simplest way to get your Android screen onto your PC or Mac’s screen. Here’s what you need to get started:

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  1. Download Google Chrome and the Vysor Chrome app. Since Chrome works on Windows, Mac, and Linux, this app will work on all platforms, including Chrome OS, which you should give a chance 5 Reasons To Give Chrome OS A Second Chance 5 Reasons To Give Chrome OS A Second Chance Google’s launch of Chrome OS was one of 2011’s most disappointing moments. Perhaps the biggest disappointment of Chrome OS was its performance. Since then, Google has been gradually updating Chrome OS. The user experience has... Read More .
  2. A USB cable to connect your phone to your PC.
  3. An Android smartphone or tablet with USB debugging enabled.

Enable USB Debugging Mode on Android

USB-debugging

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  1. Go to Settings > About Phone
  2. Scroll down and tap Build Number seven times
  3. Go back to Settings > Developer Options (a new option you will see now)
  4. Scroll down and Enable USB Debugging Mode
  5. Confirm the action when prompted

Share Your Screen to Your PC or Mac via USB

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Now that you have USB debugging mode activated, the rest is simple.

  1. Start Vysor from the Chrome App Launcher Google Tries Out The Chrome OS App Launcher On The Web, Here's How To Get It [Updates] Google Tries Out The Chrome OS App Launcher On The Web, Here's How To Get It [Updates] Every once in a while, Google shakes up our world and changes the most basic feature of all its services: the Google menu bar. An experimental new menu bar design replaces the current black navigation... Read More
  2. Click Find Devices and select your phone
  3. Vysor will start up, and you will see your Android screen on your computer
  4. Optional: You can set your phone to connect automatically every time the USB cable is plugged into it

With this, you are ready to go. Your mouse and keyboard work within the app, so you can start any app you want and type in it too. There are plenty of apps that don’t have a web client, so this is a good way of using your physical keyboard for your phone’s apps.

Vysor’s Appeal Lies in Four Aspects

  1. You don’t need anything installed on your Android phone.
  2. It works on Windows, Linux, or Mac.
  3. The USB cable makes your screen reflect in almost real-time, as opposed to wireless solutions where there is distinct lag. Vysor still has a slight lag, but it’s much faster than working off wireless.
  4. You can interact with your phone’s screen through your computer.

How to Share Your Screen Wirelessly

One of the new features of Android 5.0 Lollipop Android 5.0 Lollipop: What It Is And When You'll Get It Android 5.0 Lollipop: What It Is And When You'll Get It Android 5.0 Lollipop is here, but only on Nexus devices. What exactly is new about this operating system, and when can you expect it to arrive on your device? Read More is that Google has made it easier to mirror the screen of any device on this operating system. For a wireless, cross-platform solution, Koushik Dutta has another app.

How to set it up:

  1. Download AllCast Receiver for Chrome.
  2. Download Mirror for Android.
  3. Make sure your computer and smartphone are on the same WiFi network.
  4. Start AllCast Receiver through the Chrome App Launcher.
  5. Start Mirror on your Android phone.
  6. In Mirror, choose the Network Device that matches your PC. It will still start with “Chrome @” followed by an IP address.

Just like that, your screen will be wirelessly mirrored on your computer. This is the easiest way to share your Android screen wirelessly, and it supports other devices on the same network too, including Fire TV, Apple TV, Roku, and more.

Mirror has a few disadvantages:

  1. You cannot interact with your screen through your PC. The interaction is limited to your phone itself, but you will see what’s happening on the big screen. Unfortunately, that means no typing with your computer’s keyboard on your phone.
  2. Unfortunately, that annoying “Mirror” floating watermark is going to stay, and there is no way to remove it. This can be a dampener for presentations and slideshows.

If you are ready to root your device Take Control: Android Rooting Guide Take Control: Android Rooting Guide As of the writing of this guide, approximately 80% of the world's population owns their own cellphone. Out of those, 1.08 billion are smartphones. Read More , then there is a much better option than Mirror. Instead, you can install the awesome Airdroid 3 suite How Do I Manage My Android From My PC? Meet AirDroid 3 How Do I Manage My Android From My PC? Meet AirDroid 3 For a seamless connection between your Android and your PC or Mac, you've got to try AirDroid 3. You can even mirror your device's screen to your computer! Read More on your Windows or Mac computer and choose the AirMirroring feature.

This mirrors your screen on your computer and lets you interact with it too, using your mouse and keyboard. It works seamlessly and is, in my opinion, the best solution here. In fact, I’d say it’s reason enough to root your Android.

What Do You Use Screen Mirroring For?

Now that we’ve listed the several ways you can mirror your smartphone screen to your computer, there’s just one thing left to answer:

What do you use screen mirroring for? I’m genuinely curious, so drop a line in the comments!

  1. plone
    November 6, 2016 at 3:47 pm

    Vysor was a horrible experience. While it started off promising, I actually paid for the app, and it still had knowledge that I had paid except in the desktop version, and even after multiple reboots of the phone showed fullpage ugly ads that froze my phone. Total waste of my time. Really wanted it to work as I dislike peering/typing into my phone tho' it is a big screen

  2. Justin
    October 28, 2016 at 9:27 pm

    That's awesome... I currently have to do some school work with VMs on the school computer I found chrome remote desktop and I only have data for my internet access but doing any work with such a small screen is a nightmare if you know what I mean

  3. karthik
    October 27, 2016 at 4:14 am

    Recently i bought Jio sim. So, i can watch youtube videos with great speed on my phone but if i create hotspot speed is very slow. For watching youtube videos on pc i have to see my phone screen on pc.
    Thanks a lot..... Its very usefull

  4. Abadit
    October 20, 2016 at 4:10 am

    Chrome Cast

  5. LeRoy Miller
    October 13, 2016 at 2:40 pm

    Doesn't work on my machines,
    This application is not supported on this computer. Installation has been disabled. The following problems are detected:
    This app uses 3D graphics and needs WebGL
    Nice idea, but it's a fail for me

  6. Mohit Rajpoot
    October 2, 2016 at 5:56 am

    not working on linux and htc......nothing is showing in find devices

  7. Mark Tomas
    September 29, 2016 at 6:37 am

    To train people how to use a special app for our products.

  8. Robert
    August 22, 2016 at 6:10 pm

    The 'mirroring' works and perhaps 'mirroring' only means the screen, however I would like to get the sound to switch from my mobile to the PC. Does anyone have any ideas?

    • Justin
      October 28, 2016 at 9:30 pm

      Aux cable to your PC? ... If not you could try hdmi I don't know if you phone has a mini hdmi or not

  9. slem
    August 22, 2016 at 4:27 am

    bro .. thanks for the information
    It's work very well on my android and my pc

  10. Taylor
    August 1, 2016 at 6:27 am

    Not working for Samsung Galaxy S6, no devices are shown in Vysor.

    • Bob
      August 2, 2016 at 1:49 pm

      If you use Windows, you will need to install ADB Drivers. You can download it from the Vysor screen.

    • Faris
      August 22, 2016 at 2:19 pm

      Just install SideSync for Samsung devices its much better with a resolution up to 2K pixels
      google it .

  11. Imtiyaz
    July 26, 2016 at 6:59 pm

    To project the scoreboard as I score a cricket match using an app on my phone

  12. Ankit Kulshreshtha
    July 10, 2016 at 4:42 pm

    I want to play my mobile games on the big screen of pc....where i can use my mobile as a joystick

  13. Root Bryce
    June 29, 2016 at 3:24 pm

    A bit hard, since my display is broken, and I can't get my phone to allow anything. Any help?

    • John O'Halloran
      June 30, 2016 at 2:29 am

      Buy a USB OTG cable to plug in a mouse to your Phone... IT is what I had to do lol

  14. Rohollah Qasemi
    June 26, 2016 at 10:20 pm

    for my collage project, my class mates may want to see what am i doing on my phone so by using screen mirroring i will be able to show them!

  15. sibichan
    June 24, 2016 at 9:19 am

    Not working for me too. Sony Xperia J

  16. hiader shah
    June 16, 2016 at 1:51 pm

    not working with my pc
    error:
    android not found....
    win user need adb downloaded adb still not workind
    adb not running

    same errors as shown in picture screen shot at bottom of page 2nd portion at status
    please help

  17. Tony D
    June 13, 2016 at 4:09 am

    Cant seem to get the wireless feature to work on my s7, but wired does work

  18. towerdefence661
    June 12, 2016 at 7:43 pm

    Really no one has said it yet?
    Downloading a mouse customizer
    Setting my middle mouse button to click LMB every 50 miliseconds
    Opening up a clicker app
    Profit.

  19. Animiles
    June 9, 2016 at 9:27 am

    For a college project I made an app (with 5 other people). It is about helping people with a fear of presenting. And we have to present that to a group. It is a VR app for Google Cardboard and we thought it was fun to start the presentation while using the app. But we want them to see what we see on the phone. Therefore we need to be able to mirror the phone screen to a laptop which mirrors its screen on a beamer. The wifi option does not work on our school network, but the USB option works good enough since I have a 3M USB cable. Thank you very much for this!

  20. Raymond E Jones Jr
    June 1, 2016 at 7:03 am

    Works with the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge, Wish the Vysor was free for pro, would love to use this for game streaming

  21. thi
    May 27, 2016 at 8:51 am

    Send output to an e-reader and any app will work in bright sunlight with a fraction of battery power.

  22. john
    May 17, 2016 at 3:41 pm

    my androis says cannot screen record

  23. ioo
    April 29, 2016 at 10:38 pm

    hey, that's a cool one! I'll be using it for presentations.

  24. Xamual
    April 26, 2016 at 6:18 am

    Works well with LG V10 right after i installed the universal ADB drivers lag is minimal. Thanks for the post!

  25. Nikhil
    April 26, 2016 at 4:07 am

    With Vysor, you really have to install the companion app on the phone. It's just that, it gets installed automatically once you try to connect.

  26. saif
    April 14, 2016 at 3:31 pm

    worked fine with asus zenfone 2 lazer but was really slow and flickering

  27. ezequiel
    April 12, 2016 at 12:38 pm

    Awesome its works with moto x play with android 6

  28. Claudio Arriola
    March 30, 2016 at 10:03 pm

    We train users on a software that has both a Desktop & Mobile interphase - we will now be able to show at the same time what I do in the desktop and how that is reflected in the Android device. Believe Vysor will be the way to go, but will also try AirDroid.

    Any suggestion onto what to use to "record" a session? Would be great to be able to create quick how-to videos.

    Thanks for the post. Really helpful.

  29. Boo Rhodes
    March 19, 2016 at 7:41 pm

    I do a lot of blogging about social networking and social network marketing so this will help when I want to share an app's features. I'll be trying it later on to see what happens. Thanks for posting.

  30. billyboy
    March 18, 2016 at 2:35 pm

    wow this is dreadfully slow

  31. Shai
    March 14, 2016 at 4:11 pm

    Of all these, AirDroid is the best, and you don't have to root the device - just enable developer options.

  32. Alejandro
    March 12, 2016 at 6:02 am

    Wont work on my ZTE Z820 on mac book

  33. Ali
    February 29, 2016 at 6:33 pm

    being a photographer it takes effort while using computer for tether , checking phone all the time aint really practical while working so its better to run whats app or something from cell so like it comes handy ...

  34. sainitish
    February 29, 2016 at 4:26 am

    will it support android 4.2.2jellybean tablet my device is rooted.

  35. frankieman
    February 27, 2016 at 1:47 pm

    it says it doesn't support screen recording. what do i do?

  36. nnnnnnn
    February 25, 2016 at 6:21 pm

    kkkkkkkkk

  37. anuj
    February 6, 2016 at 5:59 pm

    Tried Vysor. Unbelievably simple to connect and present phone screen during a meeting. Great article! Thanks.

  38. Moin
    February 5, 2016 at 3:38 pm

    simply because i am too bored to pick up my device whenever it buzzes. I use apps like push-bullet but there is a lot of scenarios where i need to move my lazy hands all the way and unlock the device.

  39. Jaro
    February 4, 2016 at 2:42 pm

    Thx for this tutorial Vysor is great and working fine (so far). I personally using mirroring for some presentation purposes...

  40. EVALDAS
    January 13, 2016 at 9:37 pm

    I need to mirrod Android screen to projector for training how to use app. So, I need at the same time WiFi and real time connection to projector or TV or PC. WiFi is not the same as PC, TV ir Projector.

    I was looking for option to have to WiFi connections using WiFi dongle, but found out that Androind didn't support two active connections.

    • Taylor Li
      January 22, 2016 at 10:30 am

      Mobizen works really well on Windows PC, but I have no idea on Mac, then I check this one, though it does not come with full functions, this is what you can help with. (airmore.com)

      l

  41. Tom
    January 6, 2016 at 3:42 pm

    Worked perfect for me. took around 30 seconds to set up.

  42. tech geek girl
    January 5, 2016 at 3:16 pm

    Couldn't get this to work. Reflector (www.airsquirrels.com) worked for me using Google Cast. Took about 2 minutes to setup!

  43. valdi
    December 30, 2015 at 6:24 pm

    This didn't work for me, but for those with similar problems, this was my solution:
    1. Download AirServer (free trial) on mac/pc and run it
    2. Download AirServer connect on android
    3. Open AirServer Connect on your droid and select your Mac from the list.

  44. gourab
    December 24, 2015 at 4:23 am

    I have android 4.2.2 , note 510. how should i go about in mirroring the device. Do i have to root it. I have never done that . :p

  45. lk
    December 21, 2015 at 10:40 am

    l

  46. John Crooks
    December 11, 2015 at 5:28 pm

    Good tip on rooting Android devices but what about the infamous Amazon Kindle HD 8.9? I have tried to root one twice and completely failed both times. Thankfully, the device restored correctly with no issues. I know it is a custom op system and needs special attention but frustrating as hell to attempt.

  47. likefun butnot
    October 2, 2015 at 8:30 pm

    I don't play 3d shooters. My phone can pass a 6Mbit video stream over Miracast without a hiccup, but that's still not the same as fluid 60fps gaming.

    There's also an environmental factor at play, but that's true of anything wireless.

    • Mihir Patkar
      October 3, 2015 at 5:57 am

      Yup, agreed about environmental factors

  48. James Dablo
    September 30, 2015 at 1:42 am

    I've using this way since last week. I rarely touch my phone now because of this app. I always use my PC almost all of the day Playing games , Facebook, Work. I have a rooted Samsung Galaxy S5 with oneclickroot.com and still works perfectly with a rooted device.

    • Mihir Patkar
      October 1, 2015 at 8:09 pm

      Nice! How is the gaming experience, do you enjoy it?

  49. L3 CM
    September 29, 2015 at 12:37 pm

    I have used it for training on mobile devices. Connect a teacher's mobile device to a laptop and projector setup, and what they do on the mobile device shows up on the big screen. The students with their matching mobile devices can follow along. It saves lots of time.

    • Mihir Patkar
      October 1, 2015 at 8:10 pm

      That's a fantastic example of how useful this can be!

  50. Daniel Borsos
    September 28, 2015 at 9:14 pm

    Splashtop's Mirroring360 is currently free for a limited time on Android. It supports wireless mirroring to Windows, Mac (requires server), Apple TV, ChromeCast and FireTV.

    • Mihir Patkar
      October 1, 2015 at 8:11 pm

      I tried Mirroring360 when it was in beta and it looked nice, but the lag... ugh.

  51. likefun butnot
    September 28, 2015 at 9:05 pm

    Nearly all my laptops and tablets support Miracast, the standards conforming wireless HDMI specification. Microsoft and Netgear make inexpensive adapter devices that can be used to avoid hacks like these.

    • Mihir Patkar
      October 1, 2015 at 8:12 pm

      Miracast has *never* given me a smooth experience for gaming. Does your mileage vary?

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