Controlling a computer from an Android device is an increasingly popular option for those who want the power of the desktop in the palm of their hand. But what if you want to control Android from PC? This can be extremely convenient, as it allows you to enjoy your favorite Android games on the big screen or reply to messages without coming up. It can improve productivity and media consumption and act as a nerdy party trick.
Without further ado, let's count down seven great ways and apps to control your Android device from a PC!
If you like the sound of continuing to read a web page that you have opened on your phone's desktop when you visit the loo, you should check out Join. This is actually the tool I use most often by the group!
Join is a Chrome app and once you've installed it on your phone, you can pair the two together. From there, you can then send the tab you read to your Android device, paste clipboard on your device, type text into an app on your device, send text messages, send files, take screenshots of your phone screen (especially useful if you work for Android Authority ) and more – not bad!
This is not full control over your smartphone, but for some applications I think it is better as it is much easier and will not slow down your computer or crash on you. It also has some other abilities. For example, it works both ways and you can also ping items back to your computer.
You can then share your Chrome tab with your Android device and continue reading when you're on the go.
Pushbullet lets you synchronize multiple devices to share files and send messages. This also supports WhatsApp (sort of).
While you will be able to send WhatsApp messages and see them pop up when you get new ones, you will not be able to retrieve your message history. There is also a limit of only 100 messages (SMS and WhatsApp) per month if you do not pay. The Pro version is a pretty expensive $ 4.99 a month.
For our purposes, there are better and cheaper options on this list.
It also has some unique features. It lets you control multiple devices and engage in some kind of chat between them. There is potentially a good argument for Pushbullet as an office productivity tool. But for our purposes – trying to control an Android from PC – there are better and cheaper options on this list.
If you were hoping to be able to control Android from PC then you might have gotten a little cold by the last two options. This should be a little more in your alley, as long as you have a Samsung device.
Scrcpy is an app that mirrors your screen and allows you to control your mobile device from a PC via USB or Wi -Fi (a recent addition). It's free, it's open source, and it doesn't require root access! It works really fast and has many features as well. It's a little less user-friendly than some other options on this list, with the developer recommending that you build it yourself (a requirement for Linux users). As I said, there are ready-to-download versions that will simplify the process.
For those who are discouraged by Scrcpy's DIY ethos, Vysor is the second best option. This app mirrors Android to PC with Chrome and it is actually really good. You can choose between speed and performance but at least on a fixed connection it is actually quite fast. It also has some interesting potential features for offices, like the ability to share a single Android device with multiple users!
As with most of these things, there is a paid and free alternative. You get much more features and better performance if you go with the paid option. Wireless is only supported on paid for example, as is full screen mode and "high quality mirroring."
There are others who do similar things of course, such as ApowerMirror. It's just about finding the one you like the most.
Just like Join, DeskDock does not mirror Android to PC – it gives you another way to control Android on a PC. Specifically, this app lets you share your mouse with your phone or tablet. So if your phone sits next to your computer, you can simply move your mouse over to a page and transition to your Android device. This is useful for quickly opening and closing apps or browsing the web. It can also be useful for developers who want to test the functionality of their apps on a site hardware.
There is also a paid version, which allows you to share the keyboard, clipboard and more. Alternative apps that do something similar include Share Mouse and Keyboard (original name) and Synergy – which is apparently not quite what it used to be.
AirDroid is a surprisingly powerful app. In many ways it is something of a merger of all the features that we have already seen here. You can send messages, share clips, and upload files via a control panel. You can also mirror your screen, keyboard and mouse! Screen mirroring is not as smooth as SideSync or Vysor, but it is good for quickly dispatching a WhatsApp message.
Much of the functionality is free, but you have to pay to remove the ads and limit the 30 MB file transfer. However, it costs $ 2.99 a month, which is significantly cheaper than something like the Pushbullet.
Tasker allows us to set triggers and events on Android. This way we can set our phone to do something automatically when it detects a new connection, notification or change of location. Both Join and Pushbullet also have Tasker support baked, which means you can trigger a whole range of phone functions via a text message or a web page.
Tasker is an app that allows us to set triggers and events on Android.  There are lots of potential applications for this, whether you want to find the phone's coordinates or use it to make friends. It just takes a little imagination.
There you have it: seven different apps and seven different ways to control your Android device from a PC. The best for you will of course depend on your workflow and how you want to use your devices, but hopefully something here will prove to be useful.
Have I missed any good ones? TeamViewer is also very good, but a bit on the expensive side! Let us know your favorites below!