Using the mobile from the computer is a utility that many users value and there are many alternatives to achieve it.
Today we test scrcpy, a completely free application and compatible with virtually all PC systems. An application focused on getting almost immediate performance and latency, something that is usually more complicated to achieve in applications that are not of a professional nature.
scrcpy is our favorite app to control the mobile from the computer
Yes, we know that the name is not the friendliest in the world, but let's not judge a book by its cover. Everything that is lacking in name makes up for it with performance and ease of use (within its limits).
Let's start for the best, you don't need to install anything on your mobile. The application makes use of the ADB connection for developers, and it will only be necessary to have a small program on your PC that we can get on the GitHub page.
It is compatible with Windows, Linux and Mac OS, whatever your choice of operating system, scrcpy will be compatible with your device. In Linux and Mac OS it is a bit more complicated to install (since you will have to use the terminal) but once installed we will not have to do more.
Official page of scrcpy on GitHub.
Another essential requirement is to have the ADB drivers installed on our computer and activate the USB debugging mode on our mobile. The steps to follow are those:
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Activate USB debug mode on Android
- On our mobile, we turn to the settings.
- We will have to go to the section About of the phone and look for the Build Number.
- You must repeatedly press this quick photo button seven times. Doing this will activate the developer mode, although if you have Android 8.0 Oreo or a higher version you may be asked for the unlock PIN.
- We go back, a new option called Developer Settings. We click on it.
- We look for the ADB debug mode. We mark as active the option.
- Ready. You can now connect your mobile to the computer to use ADB.
- Additionally, once connected, you can type in the command line «adb devices » to view active ADB devices. If this is the first time, a window will appear on your mobile asking for permission.
Google wants ADB to be wireless on Android 11
Google is working on a wireless version of ADB (Android Debug Bridge) and, in principle, should arrive with Android 11.