How to mirror your Android display to a Windows computer

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

This guide covers 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 is more universal and easier to use.

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Samsung Galaxy Phones

A special version of the Microsoft app “Your Phone” is preinstalled on some Galaxy smartphones from Samsung. You can see the full list of devices that support screen mirroring in your phone by Visit this page and click on “Which devices support the phone screen”.

The Your Phone app works a little differently on Samsung Galaxy devices. You don’t see the app in the app gallery. It’s actually hidden in the quick settings menu. We’ll help you get it working.

First, make sure the Your Phone app is installed on your Windows 10 PC. It should already be installed, but you can Get it from the Microsoft Store unless.


On your Samsung phone device, swipe down twice from the top of the screen to reveal the quick setting switches. Find the “Link to Windows” switch and tap it.

The first screen will ask you to link your phone and PC. Tap the blue button to continue.

Connect your phone and your PC

You need to give the app access to your camera so that it can scan a QR code to pair your two devices. Tap on “Next” and then give 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 you to open the Your Phone app on your PC.

open your phone through the browser

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

Scan the QR code

Next, you need to grant multiple permissions to the Your Phone app on your smartphone. Tap Next and allow permissions when prompted.

continue with permissions


Eventually, the Windows app will say, “You are linked,” and you can tap “Let’s Go” to complete the process.

Click on Let's go!

If we now stay in the Windows app, we can mirror the screen. To do this, click on “Apps” in the sidebar.

Apps in the sidebar menu

From here you can click on “Open Phone Screen” to mirror the screen of your Samsung Galaxy handset in its current state.

Open the phone screen

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

Either way, a window will open with a live view of your phone screen. Use your mouse pointer to interact with it as usual.

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 search the Google Play Store for options. Thankfully, a well-rated and popular app that works in a similar way has long been around. The app is called “AirDroid” and is free. You don’t even have to install anything on your Windows computer.


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

Download AirDroid

After opening the app, you’ll be prompted to sign in or sign in on the first screen. An AirDroid account is required if you want to transfer files and mirror data, but not for simple Wi-Fi mirroring. You can tap “Skip” if you want.

log in or skip

Next, you need to grant storage permission for AirDroid. Tap Next to give permission.

Give Airdroid permission

To now mirror your screen on your PC, tap on “AirDroid Web”.

Airdroid web

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

Open the Airdroid web on the PC

For the login method, tap on “Scan QR Code” in the Android app and scan the code displayed on the website. You can then log in to your account.

Scan the QR code


With the IP address method, you will simply be asked in the Android app to “accept” the request.

Accept connection

You are now in the AirDroid web interface! Click the “Mirror” icon to start.

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

start now

The screen mirroring window opens in AirDroid. You can’t interact with the phone from your PC, but everything you do on the phone is mirrored.

Airdroid web screen mirroring

There are many other things you can do with AirDroid. Check out our full guide on the app to find out more!

How to control your Android device from your PC with AirDroid

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