android screen mirrored on windows 10

There are a lot of ways that smartphones and Windows PCs can work together. One of which is the ability to mirror your Android phone’s display to your computer, and in some cases, control it with a mouse and keyboard. Here’s how it works.

In this guide, we’ll be covering two of the most popular wireless screen mirroring methods. The first is exclusive to Samsung phones and allows you to actually control the phone from your PC. The second method has less control, but it’s more universal and easy to use.

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Samsung Galaxy Phones

Several of Samsung’s Galaxy smartphones come pre-installed with a special version of Microsoft’s “Your Phone” app. You can see the full list of devices that support screen mirroring in Your Phone by visiting this page and clicking “What devices support Phone screen.”

The Your Phone app works a little differently on Samsung Galaxy devices. You won’t see the app in the app gallery. It’s actually hidden in the Quick Settings menu. We’ll help you get it up and running.

First, make sure you have the Your Phone app installed on your Windows 10 PC. It should already be installed, but you can get it from the Microsoft Store if it’s not.

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On your Samsung phone device, swipe down twice from the top of the screen to reveal the Quick Settings toggles. Find the “Link to Windows” toggle and tap it.

find Link to Windows toggle

The first screen will ask you to “Link Your Phone and PC.” Tap the blue button to proceed.

link your phone and PC

You’ll need to give the app access to your camera so it can scan a QR code to pair your two devices. Tap “Continue” and then grant it permission.

allow camera permission

On your computer, open a web browser such as Google Chrome and go to www.aka.ms/linkphone. The browser will ask to open the Your Phone app on your PC.

open your phone from the browser

A QR code will be generated in the Your Phone Windows app. Scan the code with your Samsung phone to link the devices.

scan the QR code

Next, you’ll need to grant the Your Phone app on your smartphone several permissions. Tap “Continue” and allow the permissions when prompted.

continue with permissions

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Lastly, the Windows app will say “You’re Linked” and you can tap “Let’s Go” to finish the process.

click Let's Go!

Now, staying in the Windows app, we can mirror the screen. To do this, click “Apps” in the sidebar.

Apps in the sidebar menu

From here, you can click “Open Phone Screen” to mirror your Samsung Galaxy handset’s screen in its current state.

open phone screen

Alternatively, you can click one of the app icons to open that app on your phone and mirror the screen to your computer.

In either case, a window will open with a live view of your phone screen. Use your mouse cursor to interact with it as you normally would.

screen mirrored on windows 10

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All Android Phones

If you don’t have a Samsung Galaxy smartphone, you’ll need to look to the Google Play Store for options. Thankfully, there’s a well-reviewed and -liked app that has been around for a long time that works similarly. The app is called “AirDroid,” and it’s free to use. You don’t even need to install anything on your Windows computer.

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First, download AirDroid from the Google Play Store on your Android phone or tablet.

download AirDroid

After opening the app, the first screen you’ll see will ask you to “Sign In” or “Sign Up.” An AirDroid account is required if you want to transfer files and mirror data, but it’s not required for simple Wi-Fi mirroring. You can tap “Skip” if you’d like.

log in or skip

Next, you’ll need to grant AirDroid storage permission. Tap “Continue” to grant permission.

give permission to airdroid

Now, to mirror your screen to your PC, tap “AirDroid Web.”

airdroid web

On your Windows computer, open a web browser such as Google Chrome. If you have an account, you can go to web.airdroid.com. If you skipped creating an account, simply enter the IP address listed.

open airdroid web on pc

For the sign-in method, you’ll tap “Scan QR Code” in the Android app and scan the code displayed on the website. After that, you’ll be able to sign in with your account.

scan the QR code

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Using the IP address method, you’ll simply be asked to “Accept” the request in the Android app.

accept connection

Now you’re in the AirDroid Web interface! Click the “Mirroring” icon to start.

On your Android phone, tap “Start Now” on the prompt.

start now

The screen mirroring window will open in AirDroid. You can’t interact with the phone from your PC, but it will mirror anything you do on the phone.

airdroid web screen mirroring

There’s a lot of other stuff you can do with AirDroid. Check out our full guide on the app to learn more!

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