There are a number of reasons why you might want to be able to control your phone from your desktop. For some, it's simply easier throughout the day to move the mouse to a window and control your Android device. Considering how often we interact with our smartphones on a daily basis, that could save some serious time.
Vysor is a Chrome browser plugin that, once connected, opens a new window on your desktop (launched from the Apps windows on Chrome) that will connect to your device and mirror it on the screen.
Let's install this Chrome app and connect a device.
Installing the app
From the Chrome browser, go to the Vysor page, click ADD TO CHROME, and then click Add (when prompted). Now, if you click the Apps button (upper left corner of the Chrome window, under the bookmark toolbar), you should see the Vysor app ready to launch.
Prepping your device
In order for this to work, you must enable USB debugging on your Android device. This is simple. First, you must enable Developer options. Here's how:
- Open Settings
- Locate and tap About Phone
- Locate Build number
- Tap Build number seven times
- Tap the back button
- Locate and tap the newly added Developer options
To enable USB debugging, do the following:
- Open Settings
- Locate and Tap Developer options
- Tap to enable USB debugging (Figure A)
Prepping a Verizon-branded Nexus 6 for Vysor.
Connecting the device
Plug your device, via USB, into the computer running Vysor. Once connected, click on the Chrome Apps button, and then click on the Vysor launcher. A new window will appear with a Find Devices button. Click that button, and your device should instantly appear (Figure B).
The Nexus 6 listed in Vysor.
Highlight your device, and then click the Select button. On your device, you'll be prompted to accept the computers RSA fingerprint. Click OK on that window (Figure C), and the Vysor mirror window should appear displaying the screen from your Android device.
Okay the RSA fingerprint to continue.
You can now interact with the device using your mouse or trackpad (Figure D).
Vysor mirroring the Nexus 6.
This is one of the easiest methods of mirroring your Android device on your desktop or laptop. It works with Windows, Mac, and Linux... and the app is free to use.
Do you find mirroring your device makes your day a bit more efficient? Let us know your thoughts in the discussion thread below.
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