How to Remotely Control Your Android Phone from a PC

Xiaobai Software  2022-04-17 18: 52  read 555 views

You may wish to sometimes control your Android phone or tablet from your PC.Maybe your phone is at the bottom of your bag, or maybe you're in class and want a subtle way to leave a message for someone.Or you might need to type a lot of text, or watch something on a bigger screen.

Fortunately, accessing your Android phone from a computer is easy.Here are the best options, from options already built into Windows to full-screen mirroring apps.

1. How to control your Android phone from Windows 10 and Windows 11

If you're using Windows, you already have the basics of accessing your phone from your computer.This is possible through the Phone Link app in Windows 10 and 11, formerly known as Your Phone.

Phone Link is a built-in app that enables you to see your recent photos, send and receive text messages, manage phone calls on your computer, and more.Microsoft also offers a screen mirroring feature that supports a limited number of devices.

To set up a phone link:

1. Update the Phone Link app in Windows and install the companion app on your Android deviceLink to Windows.

2. Sign in to your Microsoft account on both devices.

3. Launch the app on your phone and computer and follow the on-screen instructions to connect the two.

2. Access your phone from your computer with AirDroid

 

AirDroidLike a more powerful version of Phone Link.It gives you access to most important features on your phone from your desktop, and you don't even need to create an account to use it.While AirDroid is free, you can subscribe to the premium version for more features.

The service offers a desktop app for Windows and Mac, but you don't need those, as it works in any major web browser on any platform.It's super easy and makes it safe to use on shared computers.

AirDroidLets you control your Android phone from a PC via the internet, or via Wi-Fi if both devices are connected to the same network.

To get started with AirDroid:

1. Install on your phoneAirDroid, accept the permission request when prompted.

2. Open a browser on your desktop or laptop and go to web.airdroid.com.A page displaying the QR code will load.

3. Launch AirDroid on your phone and tap the scan icon next to AirDroid Web at the top of the screen.

4. Scan the QR code.

5. Click Login (even if you did not create an account).

6. You are now connected and your phone's features can be accessed in a browser window.

 

AirDroid's web interface is desktop-like, and it looks great if you switch to full-screen mode.You can see available apps and features on the left, and tools and information about your phone on the right.At the top is a panel that you can use to search for apps, make calls, set alarms, and more.

Features of AirDroid

 

AirDroid doesn't work with third-party apps, so you can't use Snapchat on a laptop.But that's the only major limitation.It has a ton of functionality in other ways.You can make phone calls and send and read text messages.It can also access photos and videos stored on your phone, as well as locally saved music.

Plus, there are plenty of tools to seamlessly connect your phone and desktop.You can wirelessly transfer data from your computer to your phone, enter a URL on your desktop, have web pages open on your phone, and remotely install APK files.

You do need an account to use some features, and some are limited in the free version.Upgrading to AirDroid Premium costs $3.99 a month or $29.99 a year, but all but the most advanced users should find the free option adequate.

Download: AirDroid (free, subscription available)

3. Remotely access Android from PC using AirDroid Cast

 

AirDroid supports basic mirroring, but for more control, you can use AirDroid Cast, which lets you control your phone from your desktop.

To get started, you'll need to download AirDroid Cast for Windows or Mac, and the Android AirDroid Cast app on your phone.

Now, launch the application on both devices.In your desktop app, you'll see a QR code; tap the scan icon, scan the code, and tap to start casting.For security reasons, you will be prompted to set "Allow" on desktop and "Start now" on mobile.

After this, you are ready to connect. The free version of AirDroid Cast only allows basic mirroring, but if you want full touch control from your Windows PC or Mac, you can upgrade for $3.49 a month.There is also a free trial version so you can make sure it suits your needs.

Unlike AirDroid, you can use third-party apps in Cast, and you can also move files in and out of your phone.Since the app mirrors your phone's screen, you'll need to keep the screen on to use it.

Download: AirDroid Cast for Android | Windows | Mac (free, subscription available)

4. Control Android phone from PC with Vysor

 

VysorWorks similarly to AirDroid Cast.It is available for Windows, Mac, Linux and Chrome OS.It has free and paid versions.The free version is good enough for you to experience its benefits, but it has limitations -- including ads, and you can only use a wired connection.

But the great thing about Vysor is that there is almost no setup or configuration process.You have to enable USB debugging, but that's about it.Just install Vysor on your computer and connect your phone.Everything happens automatically.

During this process, an app will be pushed to your Android device.If you want to uninstall it, you can do so by going to your Android device's Settings > Apps & Notifications.

Features of Vysor

Once installed, you'll see your phone's screen mirrored into a window on your desktop.There are handy buttons to take screenshots, record your screen, and control volume.You can do everything else with the mouse on the virtual touch screen.

 

Because Vysor is a screen mirroring service, there is no need to worry about app compatibility issues.Anything that runs on your phone can be used on the desktop.This includes gaming, although in games that require quick reflexes, lag will be an issue.

Download: Vysor for Windows | Mac | Linux(free, subscription available)

Other ways to control your phone via PC

In order to access your phone from a computer, you can look at several other apps.MightyTextMainly built around messaging, similar to Phone Link.Simultaneously,PushbulletCloser to AirDroid, albeit a more expensive option.

Beside this there isApowerMirror, a screen mirroring app similar to Vysor.It has a standalone app for Windows and Mac, and the free version has limitations.The price to upgrade to the full app is higher than Vysor.

There is also ascrcpy, which provides similar functionality to what you pay for in Vysor.This sounds perfect, but unfortunately it's not user friendly.The setup process is complicated, and you can only tweak the app's settings via the command line.

in conclusion

Now you know the best options for using your Android phone remotely from your laptop or desktop.They let you handle the device in whatever way works best at the moment.

Another option is to not control the phone directly, but use an emulator.This lets you use your favorite mobile apps or play smartphone games on your laptop by running Android inside the app.

 

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