Windows 10, love it or hate it, does have a few features enabled that lets your PC easily communicate with your Android device. One of those features enables easy screencasting from your phone to your PC. If you’re on Android 4.4.2 or above, you already have the potential for screencasting.
Some Android phones have this feature built right into your quick actions section. If you don’t have a cast option there, like I don’t, then you can thankfully download an app from the Google Play Store that functions the same way. Either way, streaming your Android screen on a Windows 10 PC is quick and painless.
Method 1: Streaming without Wires on Windows 10
There’s more than one way to stream your Android screen on Windows 10, but this first option is free, and doesn’t need any additional wires. This makes use of the new Connect app in the anniversary edition of Windows 10.
Note: If your version of Windows is not up-to-date, this will not work as intended.
If you haven’t done it already on your own, or if Windows hasn’t automatically done this for you; update your PC.
I mentioned this already, but if you haven’t updated your OS, then you won’t have the Connect app functioning, which means this option doesn’t work. If you don’t want to update your Windows, you’re better off skipping this option and trying a different one.
If you don’t know how to update your PC on Windows 10, try:
- Pressing the Start Menu
- In the search bar, search for “windows update.”
- Click either Windows Update Settings or Check for updates to proceed.
From there, you can update your PC.
Next, let’s make sure your Android device can Cast from your quick access menu. To access your quick access menu, swipe down from your notifications bar. As an example, here’s a shot of my screen.
Unfortunately, I don’t have a convenient cast button, which means I need to download a secondary app to make use of Screen Casting.
If you have a Cast button, skip to Step 4 to continue. If you do not have a Cast button, please continue to Step 3 for more instructions.
If you’re up the Cast stream without a paddle like I am, you need to download one if you want to paddle your way to anywhere. The app is called Google Cast, and it’s thankfully free.
The download isn’t any bigger than 7MB, and once it’s done, you can open the app and use the Casting feature from the app instead of your quick access menu.
Before continuing, make sure wireless services are enabled. If your phone can’t communicate, your Android can’t stream anything to your PC, even if it’s running Windows 10.
If you have a Cast Button in your quick access menu, tap it, and then go to More Settings from your casting options. Now turn to your PC to continue with the process from there.
If you are casting using Google Cast, open the app and make sure both your Android and Windows 10 PC are connected to the same Wi-Fi connection. After that, tap the three horizontal bars in the top left to open a new menu.
Tap Cast screen / audio, and then tap CAST SCREEN / AUDIO on the next screen after that. Once you’ve done that, turn to your PC.
On your PC, search through your apps until you find the Connect app, and then click or tap it to open the app.
From here, just wait until your PC detects your phone to continue. If your Android is not detected, please try closing the connect app and reopening it to start the search process again.
After your connection establishes, you can start to stream your Android on your Windows 10 PC with ease. Your screen will appear in your Connect app window as soon as your connection is established.
If this is the first time you are streaming TO your PC from your Android, you may need to turn on sharing in the Connect Settings. Look for a link that says Projecting to this PC. Turn on the option Windows PCs and phones can Project to this PC when you say it is OK.
If this method didn’t work for you, there’s one more to try, but requires a wired connection, and additional purchases.
Method 2: Stream Your Screen with a OTG Cable / Micro/Mini HDMI
This option is arguable much easier than using Window 10’s Connect app, and comes with the added bonus of working with almost any version of Windows. The only problem is that you’ll need a OTG cable, possibly a Micro/Mini HDMI, a OTG Adapter, and a USB mouse.
This is a tall order if you don’t have any of these requirements, but each one is a good Android investment, and is inexpensive piece by piece.
Where to Buy What You Need
Since there’s a lot you need to buy if you don’t have it already, and some pieces you don’t need depending on your Android; you need to find and sort everything required. You can determine what you need by answering one question: Does your Android have Mini/Micro HDMI support?
If you answer to this is anything but a confident “Yes!” then you need to buy: One MHL to HDMI Adapter (or a converter that we’ll get into later), a USB Mouse that works with your Android device, and a HDMI cable that connects to your PC monitor’s HDMI Input.
If you’re using a laptop that doesn’t have HDMI Input, or just HDMI Output (HDMI Output will not perform the same function), you will need an extra adapter on top of this.
If your answer to this question actually is a “Yes!” then all you need is a Micro/Mini HDMI cable, an OTG cable, a USB mouse, and an extra adapter if your PC setup does not have HDMI Input access available.
This all comes together for a large laundry list, but thankfully you can find all of this on one digital storefront. Below are my recommendations for each device type, but you can always purchase your own.
My Recommended MHL to HDMI Adapter / OTG and HDMI converter on Amazon.
My Recommended OTG cable on Amazon.
My Recommended HDMI cable on Amazon.
My Recommended Micro HDMI cable on Amazon.
My Recommended USB mouse on Amazon. This mouse is very basic, but if you don’t have a USB mouse already, this one will get the job done.
Once you have everything you need, you can finally stream your Android screen to your Windows 10 PC.
For any of this to work, USB Debugging need to be enabled. Without USB Debugging, your phone won’t be detected while trying to connect. If your USB Debugging is currently disabled, you can enable it in your Developer Options.
If you currently don’t have developer access, you can enable it if you:
- Go to your
- Go to About phone.
- Scroll down to your Build number.
- Tap your Build number until you receive a message.
Congratulations, you’re now a developer, and can enable and disable USB Debugging whenever you want!
Step 2 and Step 3 will only apply if you have Micro / Mini HDMI capability with your Android.
First, find your Micro/Mini HDMI port, and connect your Android to your PC monitor using your Micro/Mini HDMI cable. If you’re using a laptop, you’ll just connect the cable directly into either your laptop, or your adapter.
This requires both connected devices to be powered on and functioning properly.
Next, connect your OTG cable to your Android’s micro USB port. With the cable connected, plug in your USB mouse and wait for the connection to register. Once everything has lined up properly, you should see your Android screen displayed on your monitor or laptop.
You can control your Android as normal, or use the attached mouse to control everything. You’re now streaming your Android to your Windows 10 PC, or at least your monitor if you’re not using a laptop.
Since your Android doesn’t have a Micro/Mini HDMI cable, you need an adapter or a converter like the one I linked above.
Thankfully, the converter will also act as your OTG cable, so make sure you have your converter, USB mouse, and HDMI cable ready.
With a converter box, the setup becomes much easier since you don’t have as many wires springing from your phone. The setup will look a little like this:
With both your monitor/laptop and Android device turned on, connect the converter to your Android. One after another, connect your HDMI cable from the converter, to your monitor/laptop. You’ll know it’s connected once you see your Android screen on the display.
Next, so you don’t have to control your stream with a touchscreen, connect your USB mouse to the converter. You can now move a pointer around and click as if you’re tapping the screen. Just like that, you’re streaming your Android screen to your Windows 10 PC.
While this method seems much harder than the first, at least initially, I think it’s the easier of the two, and I recommend it if you have some of the required tech already on hand.
There are two different major ways to stream your Android screen on a Windows 10 PC, and one of them is thankfully free if your OS is up to date. If you’d rather keep your OS on its current build, the OTG method is viable, if not confusing sounding at first. Either way, Windows 10 is as Android friendly as Windows has ever been.
Did you have any problems with either method? Leave a question down below if you need help!