By now you probably already know that you have a thousand and one ways to connect your mobile to the PC and use it. remotely. With a Samsung mobile one of the best options is SideSync, while other more general options are Teamviewer Host or AirDroid. There are no shortage of alternatives, and now we present one more to you.
Vysor is one more way to see your mobile screen on your PC and control it with the mouse and keyboard. Unlike the competition, it is based on an extension for Google Chrome, which makes it compatible with Windows, Mac, Linux and ChromeOS, without the need to install a different client on each platform. Do you dare to try it?
1. Get the extension
First of all, install the Vysor extension for Google Chrome Desktop. Here you have a direct link, although you can also go to the official page and press Install. As usual, the installation is a matter of seconds, which is a great advance if you compare it with installing Teamviewer or similar
The next thing you need to do is open the application. In Google Chrome you should have an access in your bookmarks for Chrome Applications. If not, type this in the address bar:
2. Install the ADB drivers
Remember when I said that installing Vysor is very fast? It has a trick, and that is that unless you are used to tinkering with ADB, you will have to do some additional steps to put it into operation.
First, get the ADB drivers for Windows. Koush, the author of Vysor, recommends that you use your manufacturer’s, but he has also compiled his own version of the unified ADB drivers that should work for any Android device. You can download them here.
After downloading it in Windows, hit Next, Next, and Next until the installation is complete, which shouldn’t take more than a minute.
3. Connect your mobile with USB cable to the PC
Vysor just introduced Android remote control via Wifi, which is great, but unfortunately this is one of the restricted functions for the paid version ($ 2 a month, 10 a year). If you do not want to go through the box, you must connect the mobile with cable.
4. Enable USB debugging
Go to System Settings – Developer Options and turn on USB debugging. If you don’t have the Developer Options section in your Settings, go to About device and repeatedly tap the Build number to enable this menu.
5. Search the device
Back on the PC, open the Chrome Vysor application and, in an ideal world, you would receive a notification that the PC is trying to access your mobile (which you must accept), as soon as you go to the section Find Devices.
However, in my tests nothing has been so easy and it has been necessary connect the cable, disconnect, open and close several times Vysor, as well as using the Start menu – Clockworkmod – Start ADB Server so that the system starts responding. If this is your case, you can try using another ADB installation such as the 15 seconds ADB Installer package that we showed you here.
Basically you have to achieve that ADB to start (the lower part of Vysor tells you) and that Android asks you for the debug confirmation for connection from the PC. It seems easy – and it should be – but it could fail or be begged.
6. Wait for your APK to install
After Vysor successfully connects with your mobile, the first thing it will do is install the APK that will allow remote access. The process is automatic, so you should not do anything other than wait for the process to complete.
The Vysor application for Android occupies about 8 MB of space, which can be considered “not too much” by today’s standards.
With this, you have everything ready. From the Vysor window you can see and control the screen of your mobile, at a cquite acceptable quality, with very little delay and using your mouse and keyboard to chat, play or whatever you want.
Vysor includes some cool additional features, like a button to create screenshots, which immediately open in a tab in Google Chrome. For the rest, it can be said that it works, it works generally well, although if your manufacturer has its own application, it will probably provide you with greater stability.
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