ApowerMirror is a free program that allows you to easily transfer an image from an Android phone or tablet to a Windows or Mac computer with the ability to control from a computer via Wi-Fi or USB, as well as broadcast images from iPhone (without the possibility of control). The use of this program will be discussed in this review.
I note that in Windows 10 there are built-in tools that allow you to transfer an image from Android devices (without the possibility of control), more about this in the instructions How to transfer an image from Android, a computer or laptop to Windows 10 via Wi-FI . Also, if you have a Samsung Galaxy smartphone, you can use the official Samsung Flow app to control your smartphone from your computer.
The program is available for Windows and MacOS, but then only use on Windows will be considered (although on a Mac it will not be too different).
Installing ApowerMirror on a computer is not difficult, but there are a couple of nuances that are worth paying attention to:
- By default, the program starts automatically when Windows starts. It may make sense to uncheck.
- ApowerMirror works without any registration, but at the same time its functions are very limited (there is no broadcast from the iPhone, video recording from the screen, notifications about calls on the computer, keyboard controls). Therefore, I recommend that you create a free account - you will be asked to do this after the first launch of the program.
You can download ApowerMirror from the official site https://www.apowersoft.com/phone-mirror , while taking into account that for use with Android, you will also need to install the official application available on the Play Store on your phone or tablet - https: // play .google.com / store / apps / details? id = com.apowersoft.mirror
Using ApowerMirror to stream to a computer and control Android from a PC
After starting and installing the program, you will see several screens describing the functions of ApowerMirror, as well as the main program window where you can select the type of connection (Wi-Fi or USB), as well as the device from which the connection will be made (Android, iOS). To get started, consider the Android connection.
If you plan to control your phone or tablet with the mouse and keyboard, do not rush to connect via Wi-FI: in order to activate these functions, you will need to perform the following steps:
- Enable USB debugging on your phone or tablet.
- In the program, select the connection via USB cable.
- Connect the Android device with the ApowerMirror application running by cable to the computer on which the program in question is running.
- Confirm USB debugging permission on the phone.
- Wait until the control using the mouse and keyboard is activated (the progress bar will be displayed on the computer). Failures may occur at this step, in this case, disconnect the cable and reconnect via USB again.
- After that, an image of your Android screen with the ability to control will appear on the computer screen in the ApowerMirror window.
In the future, you do not need to follow the steps for connecting via cable: Android control from a computer will be available when using a Wi-Fi connection.
To broadcast over Wi-Fi, it is enough to use the following steps (both Android and a computer running ApowerMirror must be connected to the same wireless network):
- On the phone, launch the ApowerMirror application and click on the broadcast button.
- After a short search for devices, select your computer from the list.
- Click on the “Phone Screen Mirroring” button.
- The broadcast will start automatically (you will see the screen image of your phone in the program window on the computer). Also, the first time you connect, you will be asked to enable notifications from the phone on your computer (for this you will need to give the appropriate permissions).
The action buttons in the menu on the right and the settings I think will be understood by most users. The only moment that is invisible at first glance is the screen rotation and device off buttons, which appear only when the mouse pointer is brought to the title of the program window.
Let me remind you that before entering the free ApowerMirror account, some of the actions, such as recording video from the screen or keyboard control, will not be available.
Stream images from iPhone and iPad
In addition to transmitting images from Android devices, ApowerMirror also allows you to stream from iOS. To do this, just use the “Screen Repeat” item in the control center when the program is running on the computer with the account logged in.
Unfortunately, when using the iPhone and iPad, control from the computer is not available.
Additional features of ApowerMirror
In addition to the described use cases, the program allows you to:
- Broadcast an image from a computer to an Android device (“Computer Screen Mirroring” item when connected) with the ability to control.
- Transfer the image from one Android device to another (ApowerMirror application must be installed on both).
In general, I think ApowerMirror is a very convenient and useful tool for Android devices, but for broadcasting from iPhone to Windows I use the LonelyScreen program, where it does not require any registration, and everything works smoothly and without failures.