Apple has continuity features to seamlessly integrate iPhone and Mac. In addition, you can easily connect iPhone with Mac and project the mobile screen. However, it is not easy to do the same with Android and Windows PC. In this article, we will explain the possible options if you want to project Android phone to Windows PC screen.
Projecting Android to Windows
There are many reasons you may want to project your phone’s screen on the PC:
- By casting your mobile phone screen to a PC screen, you can see all the content of your mobile on the PC in a bigger view.
- Sometimes, you may want to project and show the content on your mobile in a video conference connected through your Windows PC.
- It is also possible to mirror the screen on PC for playing games that are only available on the phone.
- You can easily take a screenshot or record the screen of your Android phone from the PC screen.
Screen Cast and Miracast
Android recently introduced a feature called “Screen Cast,” which you can use to cast your mobile phone screen to a TV. Unfortunately, this feature is not available for Windows or iOS so far.
However, Windows PC can behave like a TV, and you can project your Android phone screen to PC screen. But this feature is only available if your Windows PC supports receiving Miracast; otherwise, you can’t project to it wirelessly using this method. Miracast is a standard to project a sending device screen to another receiving device display, and it was launched in 2012 by the Wi-Fi Alliance.
Continue reading if you want to learn more about this feature and other third-party solutions.
1. Projecting Android to Windows Using Miracast
You can use your Android phone’s “Screen Cast” feature to project its screen to your Windows PC. However, your Windows PC should support Miracast for accepting connecting from other devices.
1.1. Checking Miracast Compatibility of Windows PC
You can follow the below steps for checking the compatibility of your Windows PC.
- After logging into your Windows PC, click on the search button near the Start button. Type “projection settings” in the box and click on the “Projection settings” that appear in the search results. It will open the “Projecting to this PC” settings page.
- On this screen, you will see the status of your computer and whether it supports Miracast or not. If your Windows PC does not support Miracast, then all the settings will be shown as grey, and a message will be there as “This device doesn’t support Miracast, so you can’t project to it wirelessly.” If your PC does not support wireless projection, skip the rest of the steps and jump to third-party solution section.
- If settings menus are available and there is no such message saying your computer does not support Miracast, you can project your Android phone screen to your Windows PC.
1.2. Install Wireless Display on Windows PC
The next step is to check whether your computer has Wireless Display installed. This does not come preinstalled, and most probably, your Windows PC will not have it. To install Wireless Display on your Windows PC, follow the below steps.
- Type “Optional Features” in the Windows search bar near the start button and open it. Alternatively, click on “Optional features” link available in “Projecting to this PC” settings page as shown above.
- You will see a button “Add a feature” in a rectangle box with a + sign at the top.
- Clicking the “Add a feature” button will show you the “Add an optional feature” screen where you can type “wireless display” and hit enter. It will appear in the search results.
- Select “Wireless Display” in the list by selecting the checkbox and installing it. Now, you have successfully installed Wireless Display on your Windows PC.
1.3. Project Android Phone to Windows PC
Projecting your Android phone screen to your Windows PC is now a straightforward process. First, make your Windows PC ready to accept the projection request from your Android phone. Then set your Android phone to send the projection request to your Windows PC. The following is the procedure.
1.3.1. On your Windows PC:
- Go to the “Projection settings” and make desired changes like setting a PIN to connect.
- Type “connect” in your Windows search bar and select the Connect app from the results list.
- Now your Windows PC is ready to accept projection requests.
1.3.2. On your Android phone:
- Find the screen-casting feature on your phone, which has different names. Screen Cast, Screen Mirroring or Multi-Screen Interaction are a few names that may appear on your mobile phone. It may be present in quick access settings or as other wireless connections.
- Once you find the screen-casting feature, search for the nearby display devices ready to accept incoming connections.
- Touch the name of your computer in the discovered devices to connect with it.
- Your computer will ask for your confirmation depending on the settings. Follow any extra steps and allow the connection. Once done, your phone screen will appear on your computer.
If your projection does not work, learn more on how to troubleshoot and fix screen projection related errors in Windows PC.
2. Third-Party Solution to Project Android Phone to Windows PC
If your computer does not support receiving Miracast or that option is not working for any other reason, there are third-party apps available to project your Android phone screen to your Windows PC.
2.1. Installing ApowerMirror App
“ApowerMirror” is one of the best apps for screen casting and it comes as two parts. You will install one on your Windows PC and the other on your Android device.
- On your Windows PC – download the ApowerMirror app from their official site and install the app with all the default options.
- On your Android phone – open Google Play, search for “ApowerMirror” and install the app on your phone.
2.2. Project Phone Screen with ApowerMirror
You can project your Android phone screen to your Windows PC with ApowerMirror in real-time and with audio. It is also possible to control your phone from the PC and take screenshots or record your phone’s screen. However, make sure your phone and PC are connected to the same Wi-Fi network for this setup to work.
2.2.1. On your PC:
Run the “ApowerMirror” on your Windows PC and choose “Trial user” option on the first screen. The trial option offers 10 minutes to project your Android phone to Windows PC. This is generally sufficient for casting phone screen for a short time, like taking screenshots or record a video. You can also reconnect and enjoy another 10 minutes once the connection is terminated and you can do this unlimited times. If you want to use continuously for more than 10 minutes, then you need to upgrade to premium plan.
The app offers Wi-Fi and USB modes to connect and choose Wi-Fi option because it is the most convenient connection mode. The app has an autodetect function to search the device and automatically display your mobile screen on PC. However, if autodetect function does not work, you can choose either “PIN code” or “QR code” for verification.
2.2.2. On your Android phone:
Run the “ApowerMirror” app and select “LocalCast” in the middle of the screen. On the next screen, choose the connection mode per the ApowerMirror settings on your Windows PC. When you select “PIN code” in the PC app, it will display a code that you can enter in the mobile app to connect. Similarly, if you have selected “QR code” option on your PC, then you can scan the code using the mobile app and project the screen.