How to Show Any Phone Screen on a Windows Computer

Mirror or even control your phone’s screen on your PC

After Microsoft retired its Windows 10 Mobile platform and pivoted to Android and open-source software, the new Your Phone app brought true interactivity between Windows 10 and select Android devices. For older Androids, and for iPhones, you can't interact with any built-in apps. However, you can cast the phone's screen to your PC's display or use an app.

These instructions apply to Windows 10.

Your Phone for Windows 10

In 2018, Microsoft released an app called Your Phone that, when paired with the Your Phone Companion app for Android, supports Wi-Fi pairing to let Your Phone interact directly with the mobile operating system.

A phone screen mirroring

The Your Phone app can:

  • Display Android notifications to the Windows Notification List.
  • Send and receive text messages through the phone using the Windows app.
  • Display device photos and manage drag-and-drop file access between the phone and Windows.
  • Mirror the Android screen in real time, and support remote control of the phone through the app.
  • Send and receive calls through Windows, using the phone as a pass-through device, provided the phone supports a specific (and new) form of Bluetooth connectivity.

The setup requires a Windows 10 computer with the May 2019 update or later and an Android smartphone with Android 7.0 or later. Both devices must use the same Wi-Fi network. To place calls, the Windows 10 computer must use a Bluetooth radio.

Screen mirroring with Your Phone requires the Link to Windows feature, which is available in a limited number of test markets for Android 9 and more widely in Android 10.

Screen Casting

Apple does not prioritize interoperability between iOS and iPadOS with Windows 10. To cast an iPhone or iPad screen to a Windows display, you'll need special software that translates the AirPlay standard.

For Android, the picture is a bit fuzzier. The Miracast technology that supports screen sharing is built into some Android phones but not others. Google, for example, has been removing the feature from Nexus devices because it competes with Chromecast.

If your Android's Settings app includes a Cast or a Wireless Display feature, then running the built-in Connect app on Windows 10 allows Windows to display the screen. If those Android options are absent, though, Windows cannot display the phone's screen.

Vendor Apps

A large ecosystem of apps bridges the gap between Android, iOS, and iPadOS devices and Windows 10 computers. These apps vary in capability and price points. Because these programs do the heavy lifting of serving as an intermediary, they tend to work regardless of which specific release of an operating system you have. Options include:

  • ApowerMirror: Supports AirPlay mirroring for iOS and iPadOS, and mirroring plus remote control for Android devices above Android 5.0.
  • LetsView: A Windows app that mirrors Android, iOS, and iPadOS screens. It offers additional benefits, such as whiteboarding and remote PowerPoint control, to serve business and educational needs.
  • Scrcpy: A fully multi-platform, open-source solution, Scrcpy works as a shell utility. It mirrors an Android 5.0 or greater screen through a USB or wireless connection. This tool is ideal for people who have a bit of technical skill and no desire for the paid bolt-ons of commercial alternatives.
  • Vysor: Display and control an Android phone. It comes in free and paid versions. The paid version offers significant additional features.