Watching a movie on your phone can be quite uncomfortable. If you share this screen with a friend, it can be incredibly annoying. For Android users, there is an easy way to share your screen content without the hassle.
If the other person is an Android device user, you can mirror your screen using a third-party screen mirroring app. This way, every move you make on your phone will show up on the other Android device, as long as it stays connected.
Screen mirroring is also useful if you want to share your screen to solve a problem with another Android user. Whatever the purpose, we will guide you through its operation.
How to Mirror Android to Android
Android phones and tablets don't have a built-in screen mirroring feature, at least not yet. While it would be nice to have one, it's still pretty straightforward to mirror content from one Android device to another.
There are plenty of screen mirroring apps on the Google Play Store, but we'll go over three top-rated picks that are free to download and use:
It is one of the most versatile screen mirroring apps available. Not only can it be used between two Android devices, but you can also mirror your Android to PC or TV screen. It is also easy to use and works reliably.
Before walking you through the steps of using this app, you need to make sure that both Android devices are connected to the same Wi-Fi network. Once you have that covered, here's what to do next:
- Download and install the ApowerMirror app on both Android devices.
- Now launch the app from device A and device B.
- From device A, select the “Wi-Fi” tab and wait for the app to recognize device B.
- Tap the name of device B, then select "Mirror".
- Then select "Start Now" and the mirroring process will begin.
If the connection is stable, the person using device A will control what device B sees. You can adjust the mirroring resolution and definition in the app to increase or decrease the image quality depending on the strength of the connection.
Inkwire is another well-known Android screen sharing app. It's handy for helping friends and family with their Android-related issues.
It also lets you comfortably watch your friend play a game from your phone. Before sharing your screen with this app, make sure both devices are connected to the same Wi-Fi network.
If Wi-Fi is not available, one of the devices can activate a hotspot and the other can connect. Once this is complete, here's what to do:
- On both devices, download the Inkwire screen mirroring app from the Google Play Store.
- Open the app on each device. From Device A, select "Share" followed by "Get started now". The app will generate a 12-digit passcode.
- Now, from device B, select “Access”. Enter the 12-digit code for device A and select "Access" again.
The devices will connect automatically and the user with phone B will see everything the user with phone A does. If you want to end the mirroring session, user of phone B can swipe up the notification panel and select "Stop".
The third screen mirroring app that Android users might consider is Screen Sharing. It offers features like voice chat and drawing.
It is intended for remote assistance and customer support for Android users, but it can be used creatively. To properly use the Screen Share app, here's what you need to do:
- Download and install the Screen Share app on Android A and B devices from Google Play Store.
- Launch the app on both devices. On Device A, click the “Share” option. A 5-digit PIN code will appear.
- From Device B, select the “Support” option.
- Now enter the 5-digit PIN provided by device A.
Mirroring will start instantly and you can even share the screen with another Android user.
How to Mirror Your Android Device to a Smart TV
If you have an Android TV or any other TV with built-in screen casting feature, you can use your Android phone for mirroring. The same is true if you have a Chromecast device that has made your TV "smart".
To successfully mirror your phone screen to a TV, you first need to download and set up a Google Home app on your Android device. Once that's done, here's what to do next:
- Turn on your TV and make sure it's connected to the same Wi-Fi network as your Android device.
- Launch the Google Home app on your phone.
- Tap the name of your TV in the device list.
- Select "Cast my screen".
- You'll see a pop-up message explaining "mirroring" and that the experience will vary depending on the device you're using.
- Now tap on “Cast Screen” followed by “Start Now”.
You will see your phone screen on the TV and a dial to adjust the volume. The screen will be in portrait mode by default, but you can change it to landscape if that's more convenient. This way, you can enjoy content from your phone on the big screen with minimal effort.
More fun and easier access with screen mirroring
While no app is perfect, the three mirroring apps we discussed will get the job done when it comes to screen sharing from one Android device to another.
The age and condition of the device will affect how well this process works and what type of content you mirror. You can try all three apps and see which works best for you.
Also, if you have a TV that supports streaming technology, you can mirror your Android using the Google Home app, which can be really handy.
How would you mirror from your Android device? Let us know in the comments section below.