In this guide we’ll show you how to fully control your Android device from any computer. Giving you more ways to multitask or do more with your smartphone and tablet. We’ll also share a list of the best apps to control Android from a PC.
There are several different reasons to control your Android device from a computer. Some want to easily send and receive text messages on one device while using a computer at work. Another reason is to enjoy apps or games on a bigger screen or play those games with a keyboard and mouse.
Additionally, this is great for business users or teachers who want to share emails or a presentation on the big screen. Imagine just opening a window on your computer to send and receive text messages, or playing Clash of Clans on a 30-inch monitor. There are multiple different apps and programs for this, and they each have different features.
Keep in mind that the setup process is a little different depending on which program you download. Some like Samsung’s Sidesync are simple, while others need a little more work. Most of the apps in our list work on both Windows and Mac. Additionally, apps like Vysor mirror Android the Google Chrome browser, so it works with any operating system.
Here’s our list (in no particular order) of the best apps to control Android from a PC. Then, we’ll share more details on each one below.
Best Apps to Control Android from a Computer
Each of these apps will share your entire Android experience on a computer. Whether that’s just mirroring the display, or giving you full access to send messages, control the screen, and do more with your device.
First up is ApowerMirror, which is actually some pretty powerful software. This will let you mirror your Android phone or tablet to the computer, or take full control and use your keyboard and mouse to navigate the device. You can also use ApowerMirror to take screenshots, record the screen, and more.
There’s no root or jailbreak access required, and you can connect via USB or WiFi. Basically, it has a little of everything to fit any situation.
It’s really simple to set up too. Simply download the app for both your Android device and PC or Mac then launch it and follow the instructions. Connect your Android device using a USB cable or to the same WiFi network as your computer. Open ApowerMirror on your Android and tap Start Now.
The entire interface is clean and easy to use, with a toolbar full of options to the side. Give it a try today.
Vysor for Google Chrome
Arguably one of the most popular tools to get Android on your computer is Vysor, from the popular developer Koushik Dutta of ClockworkMod. He’s well-known in the Android world, simply because his apps and services are extremely helpful.
Vysor is a great option because it runs inside Google Chrome, a browser that’s available on any operating system. Meaning you can control your Android device from a PC, Mac, ChromeOS and more. They also have a dedicated desktop app, if you don’t want to limit yourself to the Chrome browser.
There are a few different ways to use Vysor. One is the dedicated app and desktop client, and the other is inside Chrome. When you use a browser, you’ll plug-in a USB cable so your phone charges while it’s streaming Android to the PC. To take full advantage of Vysor you’ll need to enable USB Debugging in developer options, download ADB for Windows, then get Vysor for the Chrome Browser.
Next, just launch the program, click OK to allow the connection and plug-in the USB cable. Choose your Android device and start mirroring your device. Personally, the dedicated app and desktop program is the best route. With Vysor, you can even share control of your Android device with other people, like a friend to help you troubleshoot. Give it a try today.
VMLite VNC Server
Another option is VMLite VNC Sever, which sets up Virtual Networt Computing and gives you access to your phone from anywhere, on any PC. It’s not free like a few of the others, and it’s a little more complicated, but it’s also pretty powerful.
Like Vysor, you’ll need to enable USB debugging from developer options and set a few things up, then pay $9.99 for the app on the Google Play Store. Connect the two devices with a USB cable, run the program and it will automatically download the drivers for Windows. You’ll also need the VMLite controller app, then hit start to enjoy the service. VMLite is pretty complicated, and here’s a full guide for those interested.
If you’re rooted, you can try DROID VNC Server for free instead.
MirrorGo is a popular choice lets you mirror Android to a PC, but most people use it to record their Android device for streaming games or uploading to YouTube. Still, it works great as a service to control any Android phone or tablet from a computer.
Unless you’re going to use MirrorGo often, we recommend trying some of the others first. Not because it’s bad, but because after the free trial it costs around $6 a month. You can buy a 1-year subscription for $17 though, which is much cheaper.
So what makes MirrorGo great for gamers? Well, it offers fullscreen support in HD, mouse and keyboard support, screen capture and record, syncing game data and saves, and hotkeys for a better gaming experience. Basically, matching touchscreen controls to your keyboard.
AirDROID is one of the most popular Android Emulators for PC, but that isn’t all it has to offer. AirMirror is a part of AirDROID 3, and it works great. You can use AirDROID 3 to mirror and connect to your Android device over USB or WiFi. Additionally, since this feature is so popular they added a Chrome extensions version too. It’s similar to Vysor, and one more option for those looking to control Android on a PC.
Simply launch AirMirror inside AirDROID 3 to get started, and follow their easy to understand instructions. Additionally, control your Android device at home or remotely on Chrome. To start, get AirMirror for Chrome, then fire it up. More information is available here.
Millions of people own a Samsung Galaxy smartphone or tablet. As a result, the company builds a suite of tools that let you do more with your phone. And while SideSync is mainly meant to transfer data and files, or check for updates, it has a mirror option too.
The way you access this is by opening the program on both devices and digging through the settings. You’re looking for “presentation mode” which will mirror your Samsung Galaxy device to the big screen on your computer.
Download Samsung SideSync on your computer and install it on your phone from the Google Play Store. Then, just open them both and follow the instructions. Sidesync is very user-friendly, so you shouldn’t have any problems getting it all setup.
Additionally, if you have a Galaxy S8 or Galaxy Note 8, buy the Samsung DeX dock. This turns your phone into a full desktop experience, almost like a completely new operating system. It’s still Android, and you can control it with a keyboard and mouse. Both options work great.
Last but not least is TeamViewer, a program that is a long-time fan favorite. Gamers love TeamViewer, and I’ve used it in the past for tech support on a family members computer. Instead of trying to explain something to someone, get remote access to their device and do it yourself.
This works great on PC and Mac, and you’ll be happy to know they have an Android app too.
The main aspect of this is to give someone else remote access to your device. However, simply download TeamViewer to your computer, and get the QuickSupport app for Android. Then connect the two, and you’ll be able to access your entire Android device on your computer.
Another benefit here is remote access. You can quickly control an Android device at your house while you’re at work. Perfect if you forgot a presentation, left your phone at home, or want to control some smart home products with Android. Give it a try today.
As you can see above, all of these services let you control any Android device from a computer. Some are perfect for gamers, like MirrorGo, while others have a little of everything to fit any users needs.
Check out the link at the top of the page and give each one a good look. Then, decide which Android to PC service is right for you. While you’re here, check out this list of the 100 Best Android Apps in 2017.