We have already seen in another guide how it is possible to broadcast the Android screen on the home TV, but how do you do to be able to broadcast the Android screen on PC? There are many users who would like to use their computer’s monitor to watch the content of their phone, and if you are one of them, you should know that if you have a version of Android 4.4.2 or higher, you are already well on your way to being able to broadcast the Android screen on your PC. Then consider that some Android devices already have the function for transmitting the smartphone screen to the computer monitor and for them you simply need to access the correct setting, but those who are not so lucky, can still download a special app from the Google Play Store that allows you to have the same function on your device as well. Anyway, whether you want to perform the transmission of what appears in the screen of your Android phone on the monitor of a PC running Windows 10, this guide will help you perform it quickly and quickly. So let’s get started with this guide that will explain how to broadcast Android screen to PC.
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How to broadcast Android screen on PC: how to do it with Windows 10
You can broadcast the screen of an Android smartphone on a computer in a very simple way and without the need for additional cables if you have a Windows 10 version and to be able to broadcast the screen of Android on PC we will make use of its app Connect that we find available in its latest updates. Before we start then, I recommend that you update Windows 10 to its latest available version, this is because if you haven’t updated your operating system yet, the Connect app won’t work, which means that consequently this method won’t work. If for various reasons you don’t want to update Windows 10, it would be better to skip this method and directly try another one from the ones listed. On the other hand, if you don’t know how to update your PC with Windows 10, try following the steps below:
- Pressing on the Start menu
- From the search bar, search for “Windows Update”.
- Mouse click on Windows Update or Check for Updates to proceed
- You can update Windows 10 from here if there is a new update by downloading and then installing it
Once you have Windows 10 updated, you should make sure that your Android phone is able to stream screen content through the quick settings screen found by lowering the status bar. To access the quick settings menu, scroll down the status bar by swiping your finger from top to bottom on the screen and you should see a window with all the quick commands that allow you to quickly enable or disable certain settings on your smartphone. Among the shortcuts you should see the Cast or Transmit button that gives you the ability to transmit the Android screen to your PC, but if your phone doesn’t have it, just download a third-party app that will do pretty much the same task. Among the apps available for Android to be able to broadcast your Android screen to your PC you’ve chosen to use Google’s official app, namely Google Cast. So proceed with downloading the app if you need to, then once you’re done installing it, you can open Google Cast and use the Casting feature from the app instead of hitting the switch that some smartphones already have on the quick access menu. So let’s get on with it to be able to cast your Android screen on PC:
- Before continuing, make sure your phone and PC are connected to the same wireless connection. This is because if your smartphone can’t communicate with your computer over Wi-Fi, your Android won’t be able to broadcast anything to your PC, even if the latter has Windows 10 installed with the Connect app. If you have a Transmit button in your smartphone’s quick access menu, tap it and then go to More Settings from Transmit options. Then switch to your PC to continue with the process from there
- If you’re broadcasting using Google Cast, open the app and make sure both your Android PC and Windows 10 are connected to the same Wi-Fi connection. Next, tap on the three horizontal bars as pictured and found in the top left corner to access a new menu
- Tap Transmit Screen/Audio, then tap CAST SCREEN/AUDIO on the next screen. With that done, switch to your PC where you’ll have to wait for the computer to detect your smartphone in order to move forward. If your Android device is not detected by the PC, try closing the Connect app and logging back in to start a new search scan
- Once the connection is established, you can start broadcasting the Android screen on Windows 10 PC with ease. The screen will appear in the Connect app window as soon as the connection is successfully established. If this is your first time streaming your PC screen using an Android device, you may need to enable sharing in the Connect Settings. Look for a link that references Projection on this PC. Activate the option for PCs and phones and confirm by pressing OK.
If you couldn’t broadcast Android screen on PC with Windows 10’s Connect app, you can also try the following solution:
- Smartphone and PC must be connected to the same wireless network
- From the PC, first you need to connect your Android phone to the computer by going to Start > Settings > Phone > Add a phone and follow the instructions on the screen
- Also from the computer, then go to Start > Settings > Apps > Apps and Features > Click on Optional Features > Add a feature > Search for Wireless Screen and proceed with its installation
- Now go to the Connect app on the PC and from the phone you need to pull down the drop down with all the quick settings switches and hit Transmit
- If these solutions didn’t work, there’s still another method you can try, but it requires the use of a wired connection.
How to transmit Android screen to PC: use an OTG / Micro / Mini HDMI cable
This solution is much easier to implement than using the Windows 10 Connect app, moreover, it also offers the advantage of being able to work with almost all versions of Windows, this is because the connection is made via cable. However, in order to follow this method, you’ll need an OTG cable, possibly a Micro / Mini HDMI, an OTG adapter and you’ll also need a USB mouse. You need to make sure that your Android device has Mini / Micro HDMI support, otherwise you will need an MHL to HDMI adapter, a USB mouse that works with your Android device and an HDMI cable that connects to the HDMI input of your PC monitor. If you’re using a computer that doesn’t have an HDMI input or only an HDMI output (the HDMI output won’t perform the same function), you’ll also need an additional adapter. Once you have everything you need, here’s how you need to proceed in order to broadcast the Android screen on PC:
- First, you need to have USB Debugging enabled from your Android smartphone. Without USB Debugging enabled, the phone will not be detected when attempting to connect. If USB Debugging is currently disabled, you can enable it from the Developer Options (Settings > About phone > Press Build Number repeatedly until you get the message on the screen that you have become a developer)
- Now, find your Micro / Mini HDMI port and connect your Android smartphone to your PC monitor using the Micro/Mini HDMI cable. If you’re using a laptop, you’ll simply connect the cable directly to the laptop or adapter. To do this of course you need both connected devices to be switched on and working properly.
- Then connect the OTG cable to the micro USB port of your Android phone. With the cable connected, connect the USB mouse and wait for the connection to be successful. Once the connection is successfully made, you should see your Android screen displayed on your monitor or laptop. You can either control your Android phone as you normally would or make use of the mouse to be able to access the various apps and settings of the phone device. If everything went well then, you are transmitting your Android to your Windows 10 PC or at least to your monitor if you are not using a laptop.
If your Android phone lacks a Micro / Mini HDMI cable, you need a special adapter or converter that switches between HDMI and Micro USB. Luckily, the converter will also act as an OTG cable, so make sure you have the converter, USB mouse and HDMI cable ready. If a converter is used, setup becomes much easier since you don’t have as many wires coming out of your phone. With your monitor/laptop and Android device powered on, connect the converter to your Android. One by one, connect the HDMI cable from the converter to the monitor / laptop. You’ll know it’s connected when you’re able to view your Android’s screen on your computer monitor. Then, to avoid having to control the touchscreen with your fingers touching the phone, connect the USB mouse to the converter. Now you can move the pointer that appears and click in the desired spot just as if you were touching the screen.