How to cast mobile on laptop

Few people know that Windows 10 has screen broadcasts out of the box. This is convenient if your home network has a Chromecast set-top box or TV, most likely from Samsung, with Miracast support. Both of these technologies allow you to see a copy of what is happening on the phone / tablet / laptop screen on a large external screen. This is convenient, for example, for showing photos and / or videos at a party not on the smartphone screen, but on the big screen. The difference between Chromecast and Miracast is that the former can run in the background. For example, through Chromecast, you can broadcast a movie to the TV and at the same time scroll through the tape on the same pikabu. Miracast works in a different way – what is on the screen of the device is broadcast.
However, Windows 10 introduced the opposite feature. The system can work as a Chromecast / Miracast device, i.e. receive broadcasts. It all depends on the type of video card. For example, my old laptop from 2012 with Nvidia 740M can receive broadcasts, but my older computer with Nvidia 9600GT is no longer. But this is only half the battle. Screen casting support is available in Android version 4 and higher. At least my oldest device with Android 4.2.2 has this feature. This means that you can force almost any, not very ancient, Android smartphone to broadcast its screen to any computer / laptop of average freshness on Windows 10. The main condition is that the devices must be on the same network and must see each other. For example, both the laptop and the phone must be connected to the same Wi-Fi network.
Well, let’s get started. Click on the notification icon or press win + A.
Select “Connect” on the tab that opens.


Select “Projecting to this computer” in the next dialog.


The projection adjustment menu appears. I personally recommend setting it up as shown in the screenshot below.


More details about the selected options in order:


– When the broadcast reception mode is active. Always, never, only on secure networks. The latter option excludes public Wi-Fi hotspots without a password.

– The PIN code will be requested every time you connect. You can select “only the first time”, after which the devices will be able to broadcast the screen only once by requesting a pin code.

– Checkmark for the presence of a pin code.

– Allow broadcasts only if the laptop is powered by the network. This option is not available on computers. Convenient to turn on to save battery.

With the computer part sorted out. We proceed to telephone. You need to find the menu for connecting to the wireless display. In different versions of android and different assemblies, it may be called differently. Options: WiDi, Wi-Fi Display, Play to, Translate, or as in the screenshot below – Smart View. An icon is usually something that looks like a TV and a Wi-Fi icon or arrow. Usually hides in the action menu, which opens with a two-finger swipe down from the top of the screen. However, it happens that it hides in the phone settings. Or as a separate menu item, or as an option in the Wi-Fi settings.


When selected, it will start scanning the network for wireless screens. In this case, the smartphone should find the laptop / computer, as shown below:



We select the desired device. A dialog will open to enter the pin code. On smart it will look something like this:



At the same time, a notification should appear on the computer screen that “A phone with such and such a name wants to start projecting.”



We accept the request from the computer. A window with a pin code will open in full screen.


We enter the pin code on the phone, wait a few seconds and see a copy of the smartphone screen on the computer.


Unfortunately, this method is only suitable for broadcasting video or photos. Well, or for showing presentations. The point is that the picture is delayed by 0.5 seconds. The audio track, when broadcasting a video, shifts slightly in time. As a result, the video plays correctly. But the games can no longer be played. In the same shooters / races, for which the smartphone can be used as a controller, the delay of half a second is very critical.

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