Do you ever wish you could show people your phone screen while video chatting? With a little setup, you can! Here are a few different methods you can use, depending on the types of devices you have:
Mirroring Android to PC or Mac
The nice thing about Android phones is that you can turn on Developer Tools, and you have a lot more options for use! To mirror your screen, you will need to turn those on and Enable USB Debugging; this allows your computer and phone to communicate using your cord. In addition to this step, you need:
- Your data cord (may be different from your charging cord) with USB plug
- Your computer and Android device
- The ability to download software to your computer and/or an app to your phone
There are several different options to choose from when it comes to mirroring software. Some of them include:
- Windows 10 has a built-in Android screen mirror option, but only certain phones are capable
- Vysor (free with ads, special features are paid)
- Recently used in our Facebook Live event about Apps for Social Distancing
- ApowerMirror (paid app)
- Scrcpy (free but somewhat complex to get started; Open source)
- AirDroid (paid app)
- Screen Stream Mirroring by Mobzapp (paid app)
There is information about each option as well as instructions for use here!
Mirroring Apple (iPhone/iPad) to PC
If you’ve got an Apple device but have a PC laptop (not a Mac), you aren’t out of luck! Despite the fact that they often have separate software packages and/or don’t work well together, there are options! You will need the same tools/options as previously mentioned. Here are some of the software options:
Instructions for each software varies, so you will need to visit each to pick out which one works best for you in terms of price (free or paid) and ease of use.
Mirroring Apple (iPhone/iPad) to Mac
Not surprisingly, mirroring an Apple device to a Mac is the easiest option. Most Macs/Apple devices have built in software (Apple AirPlay or Mirroring), and you can connect the devices wirelessly, typically with the quick tap of a button and click of the mouse! Apple has even created some step-by-step instructions.
Once you have your phone screen displayed on your computer screen in an alternate window from any video chat you are using, you can share your screen, and if given the option, select the screen with your phone’s display on it. In many cases, the software will allow you to use your phone normally and possibly even control aspects of the phone from your computer!
If you would like to learn more about using your Apple or Android device, check out some of the Library’s online learning resources! You can watch quick videos about each on Lynda.com and learn some new Apple tricks from Universal Class and Hoonuit.
MCPL Consumer Technology Specialist