Android Screen Mirroring: The Ultimate Guide

Android Screen Mirroring: The Ultimate Guide

A screenshot is common term that means clicking a digital picture of contents on the screen. But Screen Mirroring?



You have definitely taken a screenshot on your Android, but have you tried mirroring Android Screen to PC?

In this detailed guide, I have explained Android Screen Mirroring and how to do it: step-by-step.

Overview:



Screen Mirroring: An Introduction

When you want to share/mirror your device's screen to another device remotely, like Mirroring Android to PC, or Mirroring Android to another Android, the manner in which this is achieved is called Screen Mirroring.

Screen Mirroring has multiple applications, few like creating Android mockups for app development is one of the primary benefits.

We shall look into the benefits of Screen Mirroring in the latter part of this guide.




Prerequisite for Screen Mirroring

For your Android device to support Screen Mirroring, you'll have to enable USB Debugging on your device. For that, you need to enable Developer Options first.

To enable Developer Options on your Android device, simply follow the instructions:
  1. Go To Settings on your AndroidSystemAbout Phone.
  2. Scroll all the way below and tap 5-7 times on Build Number.
  3. Head back to System Settings.
  4. You'll find an additional Developer Options.


Next, to enable USB Debugging on your Android device, simply follow the instructions:

  1. Go To Settings on your Android device→ SystemDeveloper Options.
  2. Scroll down and toggle USB debugging switch.

Make sure, you tap the checkbox that asks "Always allow from this computer" so that you don't have to repeat this task from the next time.

Enable USB Debugging
Enable USB Debugging

Uses of Screen Mirroring

Casting your Android screen lets you mirror your Android device to the TV so you can enjoy your content exactly as you see it on your mobile device—only bigger.



Screen Mirroring Android to PC

Now that the set-up is done, let's find out how to Mirror Android Screen to PC:

1. ApowerMirror

ApowerMirror is a great screen mirroring application that lets you mirror not only Android but also iPhone to Windows or Mac OS and vice versa.

With ApowerMirror you can stream video, photos and other media files from mobile to a PC without any hassle.



In fact, if you subscribe to Free VIP Account you can simultaneously mirror three Android devices.

If you're a gamer then there's a bonus: You can play Android-based games on your PC without an emulator and without rooting the device.

How to mirror Android Screen to PC? (via USB)
  1. Download and Install ApowerMirror on your Windows and Android device.
  2. Enable USB Debugging toggle from Developer Options.
  3. Connect the device to PC via USB (when promoted about USB Debugging on your Android, tap the checkbox and Allow).
  4. Run the app and select “Start Now” to capture screen.



How to mirror Android Screen to PC? (via WiFi)
  1. Remove the USB cable.
  2. Run the mirror app on the Android device.
  3. Tap on the blue button at the bottom end of the app.
  4. Select your PC Name in the listing.
  5. Select “Phone Screen Mirroring”.
  6. Tap on “Start Now”.

Note: Make sure you use the USB cable method ahead of the WiFi one. Else, it will only stream your Android device on PC, i.e., just a window on your PC with no functionality.


ApowerMirror Pricing:
Lifetime Subscription: $69.95
Yearly Subscription: $29.95





2. AirDroid (Wireless)

There is a significant reason why majority of Android community prefers AirDroid over other apps. It not only allows you to mirror screen but also lets you share files.

You also get notified about about calls and messages as AirDroid comes with its desktop client. In fact, AirDroid web lets you monitor your Android device on the web.

AirDroid Wireless
AirDroid Wireless

Talking about file transfer between PC and your Android device it is now so easy than ever with the help of AirDroid.

If you have a pro subscription, there are some added functionality that you avail, like operate your phone camera.

With the basic purpose of screen mirroring being served well, airdroid comes with its own UI that has call logs, messages, pictures file manager, etc.

How to mirror Android Screen to PC? (via WiFi)
  1. Download and install the app on Android as well as Windows device.
  2. Open AirDroid on Windows and create an account over there.
  3. Now add your device to your account by signing in via AirDroid on Android.

That's it. you can now receive all source off notifications and alerts on your PC. To receive desktop notifications:
Go to Android settingsApps and NotificationsSpecial app accessNotification Acess → Toggle AirDroid on.

How to mirror Android Screen on Google Chrome? (via AirDroid)
  1. Visit the AirDroid Website on your browser.
  2. Log in if have already made an account or just scan the QR code through the app.

AirDroid Pricing:
Monthly: $1.99
Yearly: $19.99






3. Screen Stream Mirroring by MobZapp (Wireless)

By the name it is obviously clear this is also a screen stream mirroring app just like the first to upset you've already read above.

However, this screen sharing app has an multiple number of platforms support.

To begin with media players like VLC, KODI, OBS and it allows sharing screen over the web. Not only that, this mirroring app also so lets you broadcast your Android screen to Twitch, YouTube, Facebook, Ustream, etc.

Bonus: You can share the screen with UPnP / DLNA device like Smart TV. The list remains incomplete if I don't write about its compatibility with Google Chromecast.



Is that my favourite Android screen mirroring app, then? Well sort of not yet. Not until they reduce the buggy ads on the Android app. Although, there is a time limit per device on the free version of this app, that doesn't count as an issue.

Now depends on what purpose you want to mirror your Android device screen. If you're trying to cast your Android device on a PC or TV with Android then this is the one that should top your list.

However, if controlling Android via PC is your need, this app shouldn’t be on your list.

How to mirror Android screen on Google Chrome? (via WiFi)

  1. Initiate the stream from your Android device.
  2. Note the URL appearing at the bottom.
  3. Type the exact URL in your PC browser address bar.
  4. Enjoy the stream.

Screen Stream Mirroring
Screen Stream Mirroring

How to mirror Android screen wirelessly on PC? (Via WiFi)

  1. Download the Android app.
  2. Allow “Start Stream Mirroring” pop-up on the screen.
  3. Now Open VLC on PC → File menu → “Open Network Stream”.
  4. Type the URL, given in the Android App.
  5. Click Play.


Visit the official website FAQ to learn about how you can mirror Android screen on different platforms.

Screen Stream Mirroring Pricing:
Paid Version (Google Play Store): $4.99






4. Mobizen

Mobizen is very similar to Vysor screen mirroring app for Android; only it’s much advanced. Mobizen allows you to use the basic features for FREE.

Basic features of Mobizen Screen Mirroring App:

  • Screen mirroring: enjoy mobile screen in the big way!
  • Control the mobile from PC!
  • Connect in any way: supports USB/3G/LTE/Wi-Fi.
  • (3G/LTE/Wi-Fi available on Professional version only)
  • Securely remote control devices with 2-step verification.
  • Easily access files on the mobile device.
  • Receive all alerts and notifications on the PC.


If you're a paid subscriber, you can set up screen transparency (ghost mode) and even add push notifications.

Mobizen Mirroring
Mobizen Mirroring

One noticeable drawback is in the wireless option. In this mode, you can't control the Android device. Also, talking of overall casting speed and fluidity, Vysor tops Mobizen entirely.

How to mirror Android screen via USB? [Mobizen]

  1. Download and Install Mobizen mirroring app on your PC and Android Device.
  2. Turn on USB Debugging on Developer Options.
  3. Open the Android app and sign in.
  4. Launch the mirroring software on windows and choose between USB / Wireless and log in.
  5. 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.

Mobizen Pricing:
Monthly: $2.99
One Year: $23.90
Two Years: $47.88






5. Vysor 5

The quickest method to view Android screen on your PC is through Vysor. The mirror app is so easy to set-up. You can use apps, play games, take screenshots and much more.

The major drawback with Vysor is most of its necessary features comes with a price.



From high resolution mirroring to sharing Android screen wirelessly, everything needs a subscription. Even the drag and drop is locked in the free version.

Vysor vs Vysor Pro
Vysor vs Vysor Pro

How to mirror Android screen to PC? (via Vysor)
  1. Download Vysor for Windows/ Mac/ Linux/Chrome (whichever platform you want to stream on).
  2. Connect your Android device to PC via USB cable.
  3. Allow USB debugging prompt on your Android.
  4. Run Vysor Installer File on your PC.
  5. The software will prompt a notification saying a “Vysor has detected a device
  6. Now, click on view to start mirroring your device on your PC screen.


Vysor Pricing (In-app purchases):
Monthly Subscription: $2.50
Yearly Subscription: $10
Lifetime Subscription: $40






Screen Mirroring Android to Android

We have already seen 5 Best Apps that can help in mirroring Android screen to PC. That's not the end though. Let's find out which apps help in mirroring one Android to another Android device!

1. ApowerMirror

we have already had an introduction what is ApowerMirror is capable of when it comes to screen mirroring facility.

Earlier we've seen ApowerMirror helps in streaming on mirroring your mobile device to PC both via wireless and a USB cable.

ApowerMirror works on local network. Unlike PC, here you cannot control the remote Android device when screen mirroring Android to Android.

ApowerMirror Android Screen Mirroring
ApowerMirror Android Screen Mirroring

Few bonus features that we can enjoy are a smooth and lag free experience and also cross platform support.





2. Skype

If you are wondering how and why Skype made into this list then here is a piece of information. Skype recently announced screen mirroring on Android and iOS devices.

Skype Screen Sharing
Skype Screen Sharing


  1. To share screen, make sure you and your friend have installed the latest version of Skype on your mobile.
  2. Choose username to head over to the conversation thread → Video / Audio call icon from the top right.
  3. When the call is connected, tap the three dots on the bottom right corner to acess few options.
  4. You’ll see Share Screen, tap the button to go on with the screen sharing feature.






3. Inkwire Screen Share + Assist

A good app for screen mirroring. Users are satisfied with the simplicity that this app provides. Interestingly, this app comes from the same guy who designed apps like Vysor, ROM manager, etc.

One of the remarkable feature it boasts is the voice chat. I have noticed this app is available only on Android platform and even then, lags are found sometimes.

Inkwire Screen Share + Assist
Inkwire Screen Share + Assist

To mirror screen just share the displayed unique ID with the other device you want to share the screen with and you are done.


4. TeamViewer Quick Support

TeamViewer is one name in this field that is a veteran in terms of mirroring. With TeamViewer you are able to control your device directly on selected devices.

Though using this app for screen mirroring is pretty easy, both parties need to install a different set of apps.

TeamViewer Quick Support
TeamViewer Quick Support

  1. If you want to share your screen, then first install TeamViewer Quick Support. 
  2. Open the app after installing.
  3. TeamViewer will generate a unique ID for your device.
  4. Share that ID with the person or device you wish to share the screen with.
  5. For gaining access your device, the other person or device should have TeamViewer for Remote Control installed.
  6. Open app after installing and enter the unique ID into that app, the screen mirroring will start.



If you want to let the remote user control your device, you have to install an add-on depending on your Android device manufacturer.



You can easily install the add-on by tapping on the “Install Additional Add-on” option appearing in the Advanced Settings window.





5. RemoDroid

RemoDroid is another must have screen mirroring app that has multiple functions to offer. However, few functions need root permission and there's where few people go for different choice.



Although it lets you remotely control devices like ApowerMirror at the cost of rooting, the other flaw it has is that it works on local hosts only and not web.

RemoDroid
RemoDroid

Many users do face lags at some instances. Other than these issues, you can definitely give this lightweight app a try.


Conclusion

By now you have known my picks for Android Screen Mirroring. All apps listed above more or less come with they boasting features and lurking flaws. Now that the step-by-step guide is nearing conclusion, let me know your pick from the above list of Screen Mirroring apps.

I'll see y'all around.

2 comments

  1. Such an awesome content. The best part is you have put honest notes from top to end. Good work Sukalyan. Keep posting.

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