How to Mirror Your Android Screen to PC or Mac Without Root
Sometimes, you might want to see your Android phone’s screen on your PC. How do you do that? These are the best ways to mirror an Android phone screen to a PC via USB.
A few years ago, the best methods required you to root your Android phone or tablet. But that’s no longer necessary with some great open-source options available for any Android phone and all desktop operating systems. We’ll take you through the simple steps to display an Android phone screen on your PC or Mac.
Why Mirror Android to Your PC?
Why would you want to mirror your Android screen to a PC? There are plenty of reasons. You might be an app developer and want to check your code’s results without having to constantly reach for your phone.
Maybe you want to share pictures on a big screen without uploading them. Or perhaps you need to give a presentation quickly while a projector is connected to your PC.
The quickest and easiest way, as you will find out, requires no installation on your phone and a simple program for your computer.
What You’ll Need to Display Your Phone Screen on a PC
Scrcpy is the best software to view your phone screen on your PC via USB for free. It works on all desktop operating systems, including Windows, macOS, and Linux. You don’t need to download or install any app on your Android phone.
Moreover, you can also record the screen while mirroring the mobile display on a PC. If you’re a Linux user, you can even use your mobile screen as a webcam with Scrcpy.
Here’s what you need to get started:
- Visit the Scrcpy GitHub Releases page. Scroll down and download the Scrcpy zip file for your platform.
- A USB cable to connect your phone to your PC.
- An Android smartphone or tablet with USB debugging enabled, as described below.
How to Enable USB Debugging Mode on Android
We have a full explanation of what USB debugging mode is, but you don’t need to concern yourself with that here. All you need to know is how to enable it:
- Go to Settings > System > About phone (or Settings > About phone on older versions of Android).
- Scroll down and tap Build number seven times until you see a popup message that you’re now a developer.
- Go back to Settings > System and enter the new Developer options menu.
- Scroll down and enable USB debugging.
- Confirm the action when prompted.
The initial step might be slightly different on customized versions of Android. But generally, you have to find the page with the current Build information and tap that seven times to enable Developer Options.
In case you see a pop-up to enter a password, make sure you enter your current lock screen password to become a developer.
How to View Your Android Screen on PC or Mac via USB
Now that you have USB debugging mode activated, the rest is simple:
- Connect your Android phone to your PC via USB.
- Extract scrcpy to a folder on your computer.
- Run the scrcpy app in the folder.
- Now, it should automatically show your Android phone screen on PC. If you’ve connected two or more phones, then click Find Devices and select your phone.
- Scrcpy will start up; you can now view your phone screen on your PC.
If you’re facing any error while connecting your phone to PC, visit Scrcpy’s FAQs page and check out some common problems and their solutions.
With this, you are ready to go. Your mouse and keyboard work within Scrcpy, so you can start any app you want and type in it too.
There are plenty of mobile apps that don’t have a web client, so this is a good way of using your physical keyboard for your phone’s apps.
Why Scrcpy Is the Best Way to Mirror Android on Any PC
Scrcpy is open-source and free, with no in-app purchases or premium features. It’s the best free app to display your Android screen on a PC for multiple reasons:
- You don’t need anything installed on your Android phone.
- It works on Windows, macOS, and Linux.
- The USB cable mirrors your screen in almost real-time, as opposed to wireless solutions where there is distinct lag.
- You can interact with your phone’s screen through your computer, which you can’t on wireless connections.
- For technically inclined people, it includes a way to view your Android screen wirelessly on the PC via a TCP/IP connection over the same network.
How to Mirror Your Android Screen to PC Wirelessly
You don’t need a USB cable to mirror your Android phone to a PC. Technically, Scrcpy has a wireless mode, where you can connect your Android device and PC over the same Wi-Fi network. But it requires a little technical know-how. Don’t worry about this; there are easier ways to view your phone’s screen on a computer, such as AirDroid.
For this, you’ll need to download AirDroid on your computer and Android, or use the AirDroid browser app in Chrome. Register and log in on all devices, then follow the steps below to set up mirroring.
How to Set Up Android Mirroring With AirDroid
- Make sure your computer and smartphone are on the same Wi-Fi network.
- On Android, go to AirDroid > Me > Security & Remote Features > Screen Mirroring > Enable.
- On your PC, go to AirDroid Web > Mirroring.
- On your phone, grant permission by tapping Start Now when Android tells you that AirDroid will start capturing everything on your phone.
Just like that, your screen will wirelessly mirror on your PC. This is the easiest way to share your Android screen without the hassle of a cable. Plus, AirDroid is a fantastic Android remote management app with plenty of other features like file transfer, contact copy, remote texting, backups, and more.
Why Android Screen Mirroring to PC Is Better via USB Than Wireless
Generally, we recommend mirroring your Android screen to a PC via a USB connection. Wireless connections have a few issues, such as:
- You cannot interact with your phone’s screen through your PC. This means that you have to do all interaction on your phone itself, and will see what’s happening on the big screen. Unfortunately, that means no typing with your computer’s keyboard on your phone.
- On a wireless connection, there is noticeable lag between what you do on your phone and what’s displayed on screen. It takes milliseconds more, and is definitely a factor. It’s useful as a presentation tool, but perhaps not much else.
- If you switch it off for a few seconds, reconnecting an Android screen to a PC wirelessly is often buggy. Several times, we’ve had to close the app on both platforms to get it working again.
View Your Android Phone Screen on Your TV, Too
Now you know how to mirror an Android to a PC through a few methods. Generally, a wired connection beats wireless mirroring, but the convenience of wireless is hard to beat.
Similarly, most smart TVs and all Android phones come with Miracast built-in, which is a global standard for screen mirroring. And Miracast makes it easy to mirror your phone to a TV.
What is Miracast and how does Miracast work? In this article, we’ll explain how to use Miracast for Android to TV casting.
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