What is Scrcpy?
Scrcpy is an open-source tool that can display and control Android phones on a computer. It supports USB and Wi-Fi connection, as well as Windows, macOS and Linux. It can record screen and support Wifi control.
No need to install any application on the phone, no root, the thing which requires on the PC is the ADB tool.
The is free Android phone controller for PC; very light in weight which after successfully installing and setting up will mirror or project your Android smartphone display on a computer screen.
The FPS (Frame per second) it uses to stream smartphone display will be between 30 to 60 fps. Scrcpy supports Full HD resolution (1920×1080) and above.
As per the developers of this Android control program, it has low latency rate of 35 and 70ms, which is true, we have experienced the same while doing this tutorial. However, the time it takes to deliver the first image on the computer screen of your smartphone is 1 second…
How to set up Scrcpy?
So, here in this tutorial, we will let you know how to use Scrcpy on Windows, macOS and Linux after downloading it…
1. Scrcpy – remote display/control Android phone
Scrcpy can be taken as good Vysor alternatives because Vysor free version is not that much great and for premium, you have to shell out some money. After finding out this open-source alternative, Scrcpy, even being a good Android control software it is not that much popular thus we are doing this article to introduce it to you. It is available on this Github project page.
2. Requirements for Scrcpy
The only thing required by the Scrcpy to use is at least Android 5.0 version on your smartphone along with enabling of ADB debugging.
3. Download and use Scrcpy on Windows 10/8/7
This Android Control from PC app is available for Windows in both 32-bit and 64-bit versions. The downloaded Scrcpy file format will be in ZIP, just extract it to use this tool.
Here are the links to download Scrcpy.
Now we have to connect our Android smartphone to our Windows system either using a USB cable or WiFi (hotspot or both PC and smartphone must be on the same network.) Here we are using the USB cable for better speed, however, you can connect to Android ADB wirelessly, here is the tutorial on that.
After connecting the smartphone go to Settings->System->Developer and enable the USB debugging option.
The location of the developer setting depends upon the version and UI of the Android phone.
Now, open the Scrcpy folder which you have recently extracted after downloading. Right-click on the Scrcpy.exe and run it as administrator.
4. Use Scrcpy Android control on Windows PC
As you execute the file in the above step, it will open a command-line window and exactly as said by the developers; it will take 1 second to connect and show the first image of your Android smartphone to control it remotely using the PC mouse and keyboard.
When the mirror image showed, you can control your Android smartphone directly from the Display of your Windows PC.
Installation of Scrcpy on Linux
To install the Scrcpy on Linux (Ubuntu, LinuxMint, Debian, CentOS, Fedora, ElementaryOS etc.) just we need to install SNAP package manager. Using SNAP we can easily get this Android Controller on Linux PC. Thus, first, install the SNAPD
For Ubuntu 18.04/19.04/16.04/Debian/LinuxMInt/ElementaryOS and other same bases…
sudo apt update
sudo apt install snapd
sudo yum install epel-release
sudo yum install snapd
sudo systemctl enable --now snapd.socket
sudo ln -s /var/lib/snapd/snap /snap
Command to install Snap for Fedora
sudo dnf install snapd
sudo ln -s /var/lib/snapd/snap /snap
Command to install Scrcpy on Linux
sudo snap install scrcpy
Add Snap’s Bin directory to Linux environment path
Log out and again log in to your Linux system…
Run and Use it on Linux
Finally to use it on Linux, first, connect your smartphone (make sure USB debugging is enabled on phone) to the computer and after that run the command:
Install and use on macOS
/usr/bin/ruby -e "$(curl -fsSL https://raw.githubusercontent.com/Homebrew/install/master/install)
brew cask install android-platform-tools
Install Android controller
brew install scrcpy
Here are the commands which we can use to control different function of mirrored Android phone’s screen.
To Change Resolution or Screen size
scrcpy --max-size 1024
scrcpy -m 1024
scrcpy --record file.mp4
scrcpy -r file.mkv
Phone screen off
For more commands see the Github page link to this tool given in the first step of this article…
Use Scrcpy to Install APK
To install APK on Android phone just download the APK file on your computer and then simply drag and drop to the scrcpy window.
Note: We tried it but it didn’ t work in our may be in your it would.
Transfer file from PC to Android device
To send or transfer some file to /sdcard/ of the smartphone just like APK files also drag and drop other files to the open window of this Android control tool.
The target directory can be changed on start:
scrcpy --push-target /sdcard/foo/bar/
Here are the Scrcpy shortcuts to use to operate Android from PC (Windows, Linux & macOS) using Mouse and Keyboard, for example, controlling of Audio (volume up and down), Going to Home, back, Power off etc…
In this way, we can connect and control our Android device from PC using Scrcpy open-source tool.