If you are looking for a quick, easy, reliable way to get full control of your Android device from your PC, this guide will show you how. Your phone or tablet screen will be mirrored to your PC monitor and you will have full control access using your mouse and keyboard. All you need is SCRCPY, your Android phone, a USB cable that allows file transfers and a Windows PC.
There are dozens of different ways you can connect Android devices to Windows PC to take control of them. In the past, to get this kind of access and functionality, you first had to install third-party apps on your mobile device and in some cases had to have your device rooted. Thankfully, that isn’t the case anymore with SCRCPY replacing all of that. SCRCPY allows you to quickly and easily connect your phone to your computer and take control of it with only a few minutes of setup required.
All you need is SCRCPY, your Android phone, a USB cable that allows file transfers and a Windows PC. The entire setup process is super easy and has been improved over the years so it’s a lot easier than it once was. So let’s jump straight into it so you can start viewing and controlling your Android device straight from your computer.
SCRCPY Setup: Unlocking Developer Options.
To start the process, you will first have to enable Developer Options on your Android device. If you are unfamiliar with this process, you can follow the steps shown below. The process is similar on most Android devices but if you are having trouble getting it working on yours, search for the process for your specific Android version.
- First, go to Settings on your device.
- Then scroll down and tap on About Phone.
- Next, scroll down and find Software information inside this menu tap the Build Number entry seven times.
- This will trigger a prompt telling you that "You are now a developer!"
- Some devices may ask you to enter your passcode. Some might not.
Once that is done, it’s time to make a quick change in Developer Options. The new option we just unlocked.
SCRCPY Setup: Enabling USB Debugging.
Now that you have Developer Options enabled, you will need to enable USB Debugging.
- To do this go to Settings > Developer Options.
- Inside the Developer Options menu scroll down and make sure USB Debugging is Enabled.
- Accept the confirmation prompt that appears.
Once you have done we can start the next part of the process which is setting up SCRCPY
SCRCPY Setup: Download SCRCPY.
Now that you have everything set up and ready, you can start the main setup process. First, visit the SCRCPY GitHub page and download the latest version of SCRCPY.
- Now that you have SCRCPY downloaded, extract it into your desired location.
- Next, make sure that you have your Android device connected to your PC using a cable that allows file sharing.
Note: Charge-only cables do not work. If you can’t transfer files between your devices you won’t be able to use SCRCPY. Also, some Chinese phone brands have extra options you may need to enable in Developer Options to get full keyboard and mouse control. For Xiaomi devices, you have to go to developer options and allow granting permissions and simulating input via USB. It will ask 3 times if you are sure.
- Next, go to the SCRCPY folder on your computer and double-click on the scrcpy.exe file.
- This will open a command window and SCRCPY will run through its setup process. You will see a prompt on your phone asking about developer options and if you want to allow access. Accept this prompt and SCRCPY will close.
- Now double-click the scrcpy.exe again and it will open, run through a connection process and your Android device will pop up on the screen.
That’s all there is to it, everything is set up and working! However, you are going to want to check out the next part of this guide which shows you a ton of extra tips and tricks you need to take advantage of.
Making the most out of SCRCPY - All our other SCRCPY guides.
Below you will find a list of all our other SCRCPY guides. Stuff that is essential if you really want to make the most out of using SCRCPY.
What about audio? Does SCRCPY do audio? No, you’ll need SNDCPY for that.
Unfortunately, SCRCPY only handles the visual side of things so for streaming audio from your Android phone to your computer you will need to use a tool called SNDCPY. For that check out the two guides below.