Android apps to help you become the master of PC remote control.
You might find that you want to control your Android phone directly from your laptop for one reason or another. Maybe you dream of playing mobile games on the big screen, or maybe you need to reply to messages. Either way, the process is simple with a little software help. There are a few mobile apps you can try as well as a few web apps to consider. Here are the best ways to control Android from PC.
Price: Free or $4.99 per month
Pushbullet doesn’t go so far as to grant you full control over your Android phone from a PC. However, it puts all your notifications at your fingertips. You can send and receive files and messages with optional encryption and use universal copy and paste to manage messages faster. Pushbullet even lets you control multiple devices at the same time.
Although the basic platform is free, you are limited to 100 posts per month if you don’t pay. Pushbullet Pro will cost you $4.99 per month or $39.99 if you pay annually.
Price: Free or $2.50 per month
AirDroid is one of the most powerful ways to control Android from a PC, and it combines several features from the other apps on this list. You can manage your messages and notifications or go deep and mirror your screen and mouse. Not all mirroring features are as smooth as some other options, but they’ll do it in no time.
AirDroid also has another advantage over platforms like Pushbullet – it only costs $2.50 per month. You can also download add-on apps to add even more functionality.
Price: Free or $10 per year / $40 lifetime
Vysor is a little simpler than AirDroid in that it emphasizes screen mirroring. This is a great option if you’re a developer looking to test your app while developing it, or if you want to tinker with the perfect home screen setup. If Vysor is your chosen way to control your Android from a PC, you can choose between speed and performance depending on your needs.
As usual, there’s a paid version and a free version, and you’ll have to figure it out if you want all the features. A paid Vysor subscription offers features like wireless connectivity and full-screen mirroring.
If you want to fully control your Android from a PC, Scrcpy goes one step further than Vysor. It’s an open-source program, so you’ll have to do a bit more work to reach the promised land. You can use a USB or Wi-Fi connection to pair your phone, and Scrcpy allows for screen mirroring and notification management. However, if you want to access Scrcpy on Linux, you will need to build your interface from scratch.
It’s one of the few free programs on the list, and Windows or macOS users can download ready-made options directly from GitHub.
Price: Free or $5.49
Instead of letting you mirror your screen, DeskDock keeps things remarkably simple. The app will let you bring your computer mouse right to your Android device with full control. It’s a developer’s dream, especially in the testing phase. You can quickly launch your application and use your computer’s mouse to quickly test different functions.
The basic version with mouse sharing is free, but you can pay a monthly fee and share a little more. Bonus features include split keyboard and clipboard for easier access.
If you want to control your Android phone from a PC, especially a Samsung phone, Flow is your best bet. It lets you integrate any of your Samsung products into the same fold and seamlessly share notifications and settings. If you want to transfer your texts to your Galaxy Tab, you can do it in seconds. The same goes for notifications on your laptop or Galaxy Chromebook. Do not worry; you don’t need a Samsung laptop to run Flow.
If you have a newer device, you can also use Samsung DeX for a wired mirroring experience.
Price: Full TeamViewer support starting at $50.90 per month
TeamViewer’s QuickSupport app is a small part of the much larger ecosystem, and it’s a must-have for just about any business. It allows you to provide technical support directly from your laptop to an Android device, as long as you have downloaded the app and the desktop software. Like many options on the list, QuickSupport allows remote control of files and messages on almost any Android device.
Of course, TeamViewer is slightly different from the other options in that it’s a full-service platform. It’ll cost a pretty penny, but you get a lot more power for your money.
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