Screening your Android device’s content over to your desktop is nothing new. Apps such as AirDrop does it quite efficiently. But most of these apps require you to shell out some bucks or log in with your credentials. This is where Scrcpy comes in handy. The app allows the mirroring of Android devices to PC just by executing a simple command in the ADB environment. It is an open-source application and supports both methods of connectivity: wired and wireless. So in situations where there is a lack of or poor internet availability, you may easily switch over to the wired mode.
The wired connection doesn’t require any setup as such. But the wireless connectivity option requires executing a bunch of commands in the ADB window. We have covered both the methods in detail. Let’s now have look at the steps to setup Scrcpy and subsequently mirror your Android device to PC. Also, check out 4 Programs to Run Android Apps on Windows Desktop.
- The first and foremost requirement is to download the Scrcpy application from Github. You may also download it from the below link:
- Next, make sure to download and set up the Android SDK and Platform Tools on your desktop. Please refer to our detailed guide for any help regarding its setup. You won’t be able to mirror your Android device to PC without properly setting up the ADB environment.
- Finally, you need to enable the USB Debugging under Developer Options to mirror your Android device to PC via Scrcpy. Head over to Settings > System > About phone > Tap Build number 7 times > Advanced > Developer Options > Enable USB Debugging.
Setting up the Scrcpy Environment
The below steps are required to mirror your Android device to PC to be carried out in both cases, whether you will work in wired or wireless mode.
- Connect your device to PC via USB Cable. Make sure USB Debugging is enabled.
- Extract the content of the Scrcpy inside the platform-tools folder of Android SDK and Platform Tools.
- Now type in cmd in the address bar of the platform-tools folder. This will open the Command Prompt (of which here are some useful tips). However, if you wish to work in PowerShell Window, right-click in an empty area while pressing the Shift key inside the same platform-tools folder. Now select Open PowerShell window here.
- Finally, enter scrcpy inside the Command Prompt window and press Enter.
That’s it. You have successfully mirrored your Android device to PC. But this was in the wired mode. To do is wirelessly, refer to the below instructions.
Mirror Android Device wirelessly
- For the initial setup, your device should be connected to the PC. Moreover, both the device and your PC should be connected to the same wireless network.
- Now, on your Android device, head over to Network and Internet > WiFi > Settings > Advanced > Note down the IP Address.
- Open Command Prompt inside the platform-tools folder and enter the below two commands. Replace <Device IP> with the IP Address that you noted in Step 2 above.
adb tcpip 5555 adb connect <Device IP>:5555
- Remove your device from PC and type the below code to start mirroring your Android device to PC:
That’s all from this guide on how to mirror an Android device to PC via the Scrcpy app. You may now access and use all the installed apps right from your desktop. In fact, you may even take pictures from your smartphone’s camera right from your PC. Although, it does require a little bit more effort during the initial setup. But for the ability to screen device without downloading an extra app on the Android device and without providing any login credentials to use this service is what stands out for me. What are your views on this? Do let us know in the comments section below.