How To Mirror an Android Device to Windows 10 or 11
Mirroring your Android content onto your computer’s big screen is a great way to get the most out of your device. Whether you’re sharing files between two devices, giving a presentation, or listening to your favorite podcasts, connecting your phone’s display to a computer takes your Android viewing pleasure to the next level.
But how exactly do you mirror an Android device to a Windows 11 computer? Don’t fret. This article will show you how to go about the process using built-in and third-party programs.
How to Mirror an Android Device to a Windows 11 PC
Windows 11 has a feature that allows you to mirror your phone’s display wirelessly. This means you don’t have to use third-party applications or a cable to mirror your phone to a PC if you don’t want to.
But before you can mirror your Android phone to a computer, you need to check that the latter supports Miracast technology. Here’s how to do so:
- Press “Windows + R” on your PC.
- In the text field, type in “dxdiag” and press the “OK” button.
- In the window that comes up, click on “Save All Information” and save the file with a “.txt” extension.
- Open the file you’ve just saved, and check that the Miracast section is marked as “Available.”
Now that you have verified that your computer is Miracast-enabled, the next step is to enable the “Wireless Display” feature because it isn’t enabled by default. To do so, follow these steps:
- Go to your computer’s Settings.
- From the left sidebar, click on “Apps.”
- Open the “Optional features” menu and click the “View features” button.
- Search for “Wireless Display.”
- Check the box against the “Wireless Display” option and click “Next.”
- Click on the “Install” button.
- Once the download is complete, you should see the package listed under “Installed features.”
- Go to “Settings” and search for “Projection Settings.”
- Under the “Projecting to this PC” section, specify your projection settings as you prefer. Just ensure you turn off the toggle that says your computer can only connect to a wireless display if connected to a power source.
- Go to your desktop, search for “Connect App,” and click “Open.”
Once your screen is ready to connect, go back to your Android phone and follow the steps below:
- Swipe down the notification bar and open the quick menu.
- From the options, click on “Screencast.” Please note that this option may be labeled differently depending on your phone’s model. Some labels to look out for include “Smart View” and “MirrorShare.”
- Wait a few seconds for the program to scan available devices.
- Select your computer once it’s detected.
- On the “Start Mirroring” widget, tap “Start now” to begin the mirroring process.
- You should now see your Android screen on the computer.
If you can’t see the “Screencast” or another similar label in the quick menu as mentioned in step 1, follow these steps instead:
- Navigate to “Settings.”
- Open the “More…” option.
- Select “Cast” and tap on your computer’s name to start mirroring your Android screen.
Please note that some Android devices do not support Miracast technology, so you can’t use them to cast your screen to a PC. Therefore, if you can’t find the “Screencast” option in the quick menu or settings, your Android phone may not have the feature enabled.
How to Mirror an Android Device to a Windows 11 PC Using ApowerMirror
Fortunately, some third-party apps allow you to mirror your phone’s display to a Windows computer. Knowing how to use these mirroring apps can be handy, especially when the built-in Wireless Display fails.
ApowerMirror is one of the best mirroring apps because it provides high-quality pixel-perfect projection. You’re unlikely to face lags when mirroring, which is a common issue with other similar apps.
Here’s how to use ApowerMirror to mirror an Android device to a Windows 11 PC:
- Download and install ApowerMirror on both your phone and your computer.
- Ensure your phone and computer are connected to the same Wi-Fi network, then open the app on the two devices.
- On the Android app, tap the “Mirror” widget.
- Select “Mirror phone to PC” then “Start now.”
- Allow a few seconds for the mirroring process to begin.
How to Mirror an Android Device to a Windows 10 PC
To mirror an Android device to a Windows 10 PC, follow these steps:
- Search for “Projection Settings” on your computer and click “Open.”
- Click on “Optional features.”
- Search for “Wireless Display.”
- From the results, check the box against “Wireless Display” and tap the “Install” button.
- Once the installation is complete, go back to “Projection Settings” and enable your preferred settings.
- Ensure you turn off the toggle that says your PC can only be discovered when connected to a power source.
- Go to your taskbar and expand the “Show hidden icons” icons and click on “Project.”
- Tap “Connect to a wireless display.”
If the above steps were successful, you should notice that the “Connect” window is now scanning for nearby devices. Now, go to your Android phone and follow the below steps:
- Swipe down the notification window to open the quick menu.
- Select the “Screencast” option. In some Android models, it might be labeled as “Smart View” or “MirroShare.”
- Allow a few seconds for your computer to be detected.
- Once the scanning is complete, tap on your computer’s name to initiate the connection.
- You should now see a pop-up on your computer asking you to connect. Simply allow and wait for a few seconds for the connection to be established.
Enjoy the Big Display
As you can see, mirroring your Android phone to a Windows 11 computer is relatively easy, provided both of your devices are Miracast-enabled. In fact, you don’t have to use any third-party apps to complete the process if you don’t want to. However, it’s brilliant to know how third-party mirroring apps work should the built-in programs run into a problem.
Have you tried mirroring your Android phone to a Windows 11 PC? Which of the above methods did you use? Please share your experience with us in the comments section below.