How to View an Android Phone Screen on a PC

View your Android screen on your computer with the Android SDK.
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You can view your Android device screen on your PC monitor using tools available with the Android software development kit (SDK). Connect your device to your computer with the USB data cable and run the Davlik Debug Monitor tool to view your device screen on the PC. The tool enables you to view your Android screen on your PC. The Android SDK, along with the Davlik tool, is available free of charge from the Android Developers’ site. You can also use the Davlik tool to snap screenshots of your Android device from your PC.

1 Install Software

2 Open the Java SE

Open the Java SE Download page in a Web browser (see Resources).

3 Click the Java SE Development Kit option

Click the “Java SE Development Kit” option to open the details page for the package.

4 Click the Oracle Binary Code License

Click the “Oracle Binary Code License Agreement for Java SE” and read the terms of use.

5 Click the Accept License Agreement radio button

Click the “Accept License Agreement” radio button to acknowledge agreement with the terms.

6 Click the link

Click the link corresponding to your operating system version. For example, click “Windows x86“ to download the standard Windows version of the kit. Click “Save" or “Save File" to save the installation file to your hard drive.

7 Click the Java SE EXE file

Click the Java SE EXE file to launch the installation wizard. Click “Next,” and then follow the prompts to install the software. Click “Close” to close the wizard when the installation is complete.

8 Open the Android Developer site

Open the Android Developer site in a Web browser, and then click the “Download the SDK” image. The Terms of Service document displays. Read the terms, and then check the acknowledgement check box.

9 Click the 32-bit or 64-bit radio button or depending on your system requirements

Click the “32-bit” or “64-bit” radio button, depending on your system requirements.

10 Click the Download the SDK ADT Bundle for Windows option

Click the “Download the SDK ADT Bundle for Windows” option. Save the Android SDK zip file to your hard drive.

11 Double-click the SDK zip file

Double-click the SDK zip file, and then extract the contents to a new folder.

12 Enable USB Debugging on Device

13 Tap the Settings option

Tap the “Settings” option in the Applications screen on your Android device to launch the Settings app.

14 To open the Application Settings

Tap the “Applications” or “Apps” tab to open the Application Settings menu.

15 Tap Development

Tap “Development” or “Developer Options” to open the Development menu.

16 Tap the USB Debugging check box

Tap the “USB Debugging” check box to enable the feature.

17 Tap the Stay Awake check box

Tap the “Stay Awake” check box to configure the device to stay awake when connected via USB to the computer.

18 Press the Home key

Press the “Home” key to save the settings and return to the home screen.

19 View Android Screen

20 Connect your Android device

Connect your Android device to your computer using the USB data cable.

21 Open the Tools folder

Open the “Tools” folder in the unzipped Android SDK folder, and then double-click the “DDMS.BAT” file to launch the Davlik tool.

22 Click the Device ” option

Click the “Device” option, and then click “Screen Capture” or press “Ctrl-S” to display your Android device screen on the PC monitor.

23 Change screens on your device

Change screens on your device, and then click the “Refresh” button to display the new screen on the monitor.

  • Use an image editing program such as Microsoft Paint to capture and save screenshots of your device on your PC. Open a blank Paint file, and then click the “Copy” option in the Davlik tool. Right-click inside the Paint file, and then click “Paste.” Save the file in the PNG format.

Based in the live music capital of the world, Tammy Columbo continues to work in the information technology industry as she has done for more than 10 years. While living in Austin, Columbo has contributed to high profile projects for the State of Texas, Fortune 500 technology companies and various non-profit organizations. Columbo began writing professionally in 2009.