Screen projection feature has been present for quite a long time since Windows Phone 8.1. The Windows Phone 8.1 Update otherwise called as “Lumia Cyan” brought significant features and enhancements to its predecessor. The Project my Screen feature lets you stream your phone’s screen on to your Windows PC or Laptop through wireless or USB connection.
Project Windows Phone screen to PC
Let us see how we can do it.
Requirements to set up screen projection
- A Windows Phone (running 8.1 or higher)
- A Windows PC (Windows 7 and above),
- USB Cable (you might not need this if your device is capable of streaming in wireless mode)
Follow these simple steps to enable project my screen
1. Connect your Windows Phone to the PC via USB cable. If your phone is one among Lumia 630, 635, 636, 638, 730, 735, 830, 930, 1520 or Lumia Icon, you need not connect via USB, as these phones are capable of streaming the screen over Wi-Fi. Just make sure that your phone’s WiFi is enabled.
2. Let us configure the Windows 8.1 PC first. Head on to your browser and download this small official app called Project My Screen from Microsoft and install it on your PC. Once this is done, launch the application and you will be able to see a screen with a Windows Phone skin like this:
3. If you have followed the above two steps correctly, you will be able to see a prompt on your phone, “Allow Screen Projection?”. Click on “Yes” to see your screen streamed on your PC instantly.
If you are not able to see the prompt, head over to the “Settings” option in the Apps list of your phone and select “Project My Screen” option. Just check if you are able to see your Windows PC is listed as available, if not make sure you have connected your phone to PC. Tap on it to connect and you should be able to see your current screen streamed on PC.
This is how the projected screen on the PC looks like:
Advanced Settings and Tips
On your phone, under the “Project my screen” settings, click on “Advanced” option to have more control over your projected screen. You can control the orientation, enable or disable the touch options and set the color of the touch dot.
On your PC, you could toggle between full screen and windowed mode by pressing “F”.
- You can move the “Project my Screen” setting under “Quick actions” by choosing it under “notifications+actions”. So it would be to easy turn on and turn off the projection with minimal clicks
- You can operate the phone through the PC using the mouse pointer.
Let us know if you find this app useful.