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How to control your Android phone with a mouse? Just use the Scrcpy!

ByJoe Horner 2019-08-26 1625

Collaboration between mobile phones and computers has become increasingly common: logging in to an account on a computer requires a mobile phone to receive a verification code, and when there is an urgent need to respond, the computer is usually the fastest to type. However, the linkage between mobile phones and computers is often not so smooth, we still need to often switch between large and small screens. Today we introduce an open source tool called scrcpy, which can put your Android phone on your computer and control it with a mouse and keyboard. With it, you can manage your phone on your computer screen.

control your Android phone with a mouse 

HD screen projection, support screen recording and size modification

The basic function of scrcpy is to put the phone on the computer. Download the compressed file provided by the official, and then unzip it. Connect the mobile phone and computer with the data line and turn on USB debugging. Then open the scrcpy.exe, in the file and you can see that the content of the phone is pitched onto the computer screen.

Scrcpy can be used to record the screen of the mobile phone, the advantage is high quality, you can adjust the size and bit rate at will. Right-click on the start, click run, enter cmd, click OK, and you can open the command line tool. Enter cd + the file address you just unzipped and enter. Then, after the code appears, enter the command "scrcpy-record file.mp4", click enter, and you can start the screen recording. After the mobile phone operation is complete, close the screen projection window, and the screen recording file will be stored in the same path as the unzipped file by default.

control your Android phone with a mouse 

The fixed format for various instructions to scrcpy is to open the path of scrcpy on the command line-enter "cd + unzip file address" and return, and then enter instructions, such as "scrcpy-record file.mp4", at the end of the path.

More instructions in scrcpy can be found here. You can change the size of the screen, change the bit rate, and display the touch track.

control your Android phone with a mouse 

Use the mouse instead of gestures to improve typing efficiency

After all this, can scrcpy only record the screen? Don't worry, the next step is to let the mouse and keyboard control the phone. You need to turn on USB debugging (security settings) in developer mode on your phone, left-click and right-click to return. In addition, there are more shortcut keys to use, such as “Ctrl+ h” is back to the desktop, “Ctrl+n” open notification and so on.

control your Android phone with a mouse​ 

Scrcpy also supports direct keyboard input, that is, typing with a computer keyboard on a mobile phone. This feature can greatly improve your work efficiency, put your phone on the computer screen, there is a message can be seen, and then type back directly, do not have to worry about taking the phone and playing endlessly.

With the mouse and keyboard can carry on the unified control to the mobile phone, the computer, this also brings another benefit, is can use the key mouse to operate some mobile phone games.

Manage mobile phones and computers on the same screen to improve work efficiency

Scrcpy is not so much a screen casting tool as a manager of a Android phone. You can drag the apk file on your computer to the screen window of your phone and click install directly. Other files are dragged directly to the desktop, although there will be no visual feedback, but you can find it in the sdcard folder, which is much more convenient than various transfer tools.

Scrcpy is a very powerful tool that supports Linux, Windows, and macOS, to control Android phones on a computer with one data cable. If you are not interested in complex instructions, you can use only the mouse and keyboard to operate. It keeps your attention on one screen without worrying about notifications on your phone.


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