The process used to mirror a phone to a laptop varies based on the model and platform of the phone and laptop. Newer models are much easier to work with because they are compatible with apps that simplify the process. However, advanced steps are available to screencast across almost any device.
Reasons for Screen Sharing
Sharing a screen serves useful purposes for personal and business use. The laptop screen shows a bigger picture for watching movies, gaming and communicating with friends, family and colleagues on business calls. The increased screen size makes for more comfortable viewing and – when combined with a stationary phone holder – hands-free operation.
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In most cases, the resolution is optimal, and the screen adjusts to fit automatically. An extra-large laptop screen may display some pixelation and quality loss in the image. However, newer devices usually compensate automatically and present a clear, crisp view of the phone screen image through the laptop screen without any custom settings. This makes it easy to make the connection without any forethought when you want to use the screencast feature.
Third-party apps help control the display to ensure the picture has a high quality. The speed and bandwidth of the internet connection also influence the picture quality, especially on live calls and while streaming data-heavy media sources.
Mirror a Phone to a Laptop
Ideally, mirroring is done between compatible devices. For example, an iPhone mirrors easily to a Mac laptop because they run compatible operating systems, while an Android can mirror to Windows or Chrome with little issue. Casting a screen across other platforms remains possible, but in many instances, it requires advanced steps.
The simplest method of mirroring the screen is through a free or paid app. The advanced applications allow the user to control a phone screen through the laptop keyboard. However, most apps are designed only to project the phone screen to the laptop screen.
A typical free option for screencasting is the LetsView app. This option is useful because it's available for Android and iOS systems, and the instructions to mirror the phone to a laptop are simple. Other useful screen-sharing apps include Vysor, TeamViewer and Windows Connect. If you want a more robust system, research the paid options, as many offer advanced controls and features.
Advanced Screencast Instructions
Pairing a phone and laptop screen is also possible through advanced settings that do not require the assistance of a third-party application. Using these controls requires entering a developer mode on most phones, and you should be cautious while pursuing this route. While the changes in developer mode are simple, an app that requires no changes is often the simpler and safer option.
With an Android phone, enter the phone settings and locate the About Phone option. Tap on the option seven times to enable developer mode. The screen indicates when this is accomplished. Choose the Enable USB Debugging option after entering the developer mode. This option is located under the phone settings. Now you can connect the phone to the computer with a USB cable.
After making the cable connection, the screen controls are accomplished by enabling the display on Windows 10. On other operating systems, the phone may automatically display after enabling the USB connection. If this fails, you must use one of the previously mentioned third-party apps to finalize the connection.