How to Use ApowerMirror Desktop Program

How to Use ApowerMirror Desktop Program

Last updated on June 28, 2018 by

ApowerMirror desktop program is an application to stream Android/iPhone screen to the computer. It also allows Android users to control devices from PC with mouse and keyboard. With this program, people can freely enjoy media files saved in the phone from the computer, present PPT, PDF and other documents with colleges or partners in a big screen, and play Android games or sending messages using mouse and keyboard. Now, let’s get to know how to use this tool. Here is a video guide.

Guide on How to Use ApowerMirror Desktop Program

Connect Phone to PC

Download the application on your Windows computer or Mac. Install and launch it.


For iOS:

  1. Connect iPhone and PC to the same WiFi network.
  2. Download ApowerMirror app on your iPhone or iPad.

  3. Tap the mirror button below, wait for the app to detect your computer, and then tap the name of your computer.

    Mirror iOS

  4. On your iPhone, open Control Center. If your iPhone is running iOS 11, tap “Screen Mirroring” and choose the name that displays as “Apowersoft”. If your iPhone is running iOS 10, tap “AirPlay Mirroring”, choose the name that displays as “Apowersoft”.

    screen mirroring

For Android:

Via USB:

  1. Turn on USB debugging on your Android.

    Open USB Debugging

  2. Connect Android to PC via USB cable. On your phone, if windows appear asking to allow USB debugging, choose “Always allow from this computer” and tap “OK”. Wait for an app to be installed on your Android. For some phones, you may need to install the app manually.

    Allow USB debugging

  3. Open the app on your phone. A notification will pop up. Tap “START NOW” and your Android screen will be mirrored to PC.

Start Now

Via WiFi:

  1. Get Android and PC linked to the same wireless network.
  2. Download the ApowerMirror app on your Android.

  3. Open the app on the phone. Tap the Mirror icon to scan for the available devices. Choose your computer whose name begins with “Apowersoft”. Tap “START NOW”. Afterward, you will see the Android screen on the computer.


Note: you can check “Don’t show again” in the notification window to avoid tapping it every time.

Features You can Enjoy

Shared Functions for both Android & iPhone

Stream Android and iPhone screens simultaneously

ApowerMirror is perfectly compatible with both Android and iOS systems. Moreover, it can display three devices on the computer at the same time. All you need to do is establishing the connections of the phones to the computer.

mirror multiple devices

Note: you can go to “Options” > “General settings” to change the display quality if needed.

Adjust quality settings

Record phone screen with audio

For iPhone with AirPlay service, after the successful connection to the desktop program via WiFi, you can freely record the operation on your mobile along with audio by tapping the “Start recording” button on the right side of the application or directly pressing Ctrl+R. While for Android devices, you can also record phone screen through both USB and WiFi. However, if you want to stream or record Android audio on the computer, you need to use Chromecast or Google Home to wirelessly cast your phone screen to ApowerMirror. Using ApowerMirror alone cannot stream the Android audio.

Record screen

Note: On Windows computer, before recording, you can go to “Options” > “Capturing settings” and choose the video format, video quality, output directory, or audio input. This application can record system sound from both the mobile phone and the computer with the right operation. Besides, it can also record the microphone of your computer. You can press Ctrl and +/- simultaneously to adjust the volume.

Capture Settings

Take phone screenshots with one click

ApowerMirror allows you to make screenshots of the phone with ease. Simply turn the phone to the screen you want to capture, and then click the “Screenshot” icon on the right bar or press Ctrl+Q.

Take screenshot

Draw or mark on the screen

During presentations, the Whiteboard function is very useful. After mirroring your phone screen to PC, you can draw lines or make marks on the screen to highlight the important parts. Click the “Whiteboard” button and the cursor will turn into a pen. Drag your mouse to draw the shape you like. After clicking the “Whiteboard”, you will see three buttons. Click the first one to change the color. Click the second one to undo the last operation. Click the third one to clear all the previous drawings.

Whiteboard feature

Exclusive Functions for Android

Control Android from PC

ApowerMirror allows users to fully control devices running Android 5.0 and higher from the computer with mouse and keyboard. For now, it allows you to control three Android devices simultaneously. In order to give ApowerMirror the right to control Android from PC, you need to connect your phone to PC via USB cable for the first time. Afterward, you can also use WiFi connection to achieve it. If a window appears saying that “The Control from PC mode has not been enabled yet”, you need to connect Android to PC through USB cable to enable the permission.

Note: if you restart the phone, the permission to control Android from PC will be disabled by the system. If so, you need to use USB cable to build the connection to enable it.

Control Android from PC

Game Keyboard

The “Game Keyboard” feature enables users to play mobile game on the computer without limits. You can play PUBG mobile on PC using keyboard like an Android emulator. Drag the icon to target or direction control area and edit key mapping, then you can tap the key to take action or move. You can set the keys as you like and it will be remembered. Next time you can continue to play the mobile game using this virtual keyboard.

Note: Please adjust the circle size in order to fit effective range. If the aiming button conflicts with the visual joystick, please move it to a clear area of the screen on the right side.

game keyboard

Here is a detailed guide on how to use “Game keyboard” feature:

Send Android messages from PC

After connection via USB or WiFi, you can enter SMS, WhatsApp, and other social network apps to send messages with mouse and keyboard conveniently. You can change the input method of the computer so as to enter the right language you want. What’s more, you can press Ctrl+C to copy the texts from the computer and press Ctrl+V to directly paste them on your phone.

Send messages

Display Android notifications

This software can also show the notifications on your Android phone. After you build the connection through USB or WiFi, you will see a dialog coming out, inquiring whether you want ApowerMirror to show the notification. Hit “Enable now” and it will jump into the “Notification access” screen. Turn on “ApowerMirror”.

Open Notification on PC

You can also make the settings on your Android phone. Run the ApowerMirror app on the mobile. Tap the menu button on the upper left corner. Choose “Settings”, open “Desktop notifications”. Turn on “ApowerMirror” and tap “OK”.

Open Notification on phone


Q: How can I stream Android audio to PC?

A: Please open ApowerMirror desktop program and use Chromecast or Google Home to mirror your Android screen to the computer so as to stream the audio. Note that they only work for WiFi connection. You can check the detailed guide.

Q: Can I connect iPhone to ApowerMirror via USB cable?

A: Sorry, for now, ApowerMirror only allows you to connect iPhone via WiFi. The USB connection only works for Android. We are still working on it. In order to share your iPhone screen with PC via USB cable, you can try this Phone Manager program instead.

Q: Why can’t I connect my phone to ApowerMirror via WiFi?

A: It is possible that your phone and PC are not connected to the same WiFi network. Another possibility is that the firewall or the antivirus software blocks the ApowerMirror application. You can turn them off and try again.

Q: Why can’t I connect my Android to ApowerMirror via USB successfully?

A: Please check the following things:

  1. Make sure you have turned on USB debugging on your phone.
  2. Make sure you have selected MTP mode and allowed USB debugging on your Android after plugging in the USB cable.
  3. Make sure you haven’t opened any other program which contains the screen mirroring function. Because it will cause adb conflict.
  4. Make sure you have installed the correct USB driver that matches your device.
  5. Try another USB cable or USB port.
  6. Restart your phone app and the desktop program, then try again.

Q: Why can’t I hear/record the sound of my Android after I connect it to PC using ApowerMirror app?

A: Sorry, ApowerMirror app cannot stream the Android audio. You need to use Chromecast or Google Home to cast your Android to ApowerMirror via WiFi so that you can hear or record it.

Q: Do you have any shortcuts when using ApowerMirror?

A: Yes. You can press Ctrl+Q to take screenshots, Ctrl+R to record screen, Ctrl++ or Ctrl+- to control the volume, Ctrl+C and Ctrl+V to copy the texts from the computer and paste them into the phone.

Q: How can I turn off the desktop notification?

A: You can turn it off either from the Android app or from the desktop program.

  1. From the desktop application: open ApowerMirror desktop program, click “Options” > “General settings”, uncheck the “Enable apps/calls/messages notifications”.
  2. From the Android app: open ApowerMirror app on your Android, slide to the right side, open “Settings” and tap “Desktop notifications”. There you can turn on or turn off the notifications.

Q: When I open YouTube videos, the mirrored screen on the computer is black. Why is that?

A: Sorry. Due to the encrypted policy of YouTube, Netflix and some other video platforms, our program cannot mirror their content.

Q: Why can’t I connect my Xiaomi phone to ApowerMirror with USB cable? I have turned on USB debugging.

A: MIUI system adds an extra restriction. Please go to “Develop options”, turn on “USB debugging (Security settings)” and reconnect again.

Q: The mirrored screen is too big. How can I adjust it?

A: After mirroring your phone to PC, put the cursor at the right bottom of the program. There you can adjust the screen as you like.

Q: Why can’t I control my Android from PC using WiFi anymore after I restart my phone?

A: Due to the system restriction, if you restart your phone, the “Control Android from PC” permission will be disabled by Android system. Therefore, you need to connect your Android to the desktop program using USB cable to re-activate it.

Contact US

If you have any questions or suggestions, welcome to our community forum or submit a ticket! We will reply to you as soon as possible!

Rating: 4.3 / 5 (based on 44 ratings) Thanks for your rating!
Posted by: Apowersoft on to Mac Phone Mirror, Phone Mirror. Last updated on June 28, 2018

Leave a Comment

Please input your name!
Please input review content!

Comment (144)

  • I cannot make it work with mi Xiaomi Mi A1 with USB. Works fine with WiFi, while on USB it goes to 20% then says "Connection failed".
    • As suggested by you on 20-MAY, I send the feedback on 21-MAY, got confirmation that the problem had been "submitted to the technical department", then SILENCE.
    • I have USB Debug enabled, correct ADB drivers.
  • dear sir/madam kindly allow me full version for evaluation .
    • Dear Syed, in order to get the full version of ApowerMirror, please kindly purchase the VIP account in our store or you can participate the activity to get the monthly free VIP: 1. Go to Google Play/App Store to rate ApowerMirror 5 stars. 2. Take a screenshot of your 5 star review and upload it here. After you share us the link via online form (eg ., we will send you one month free VIP account. If you have any further questions, please be free to reach out! Thank you for your support!
  • Dear Soumya, Please enter ApowerMirror's menu icon on the upper left corner and choose Feedback. Kindly send your feedback along with the log file to us. Our technician needs to locate the problem and we will get back to you with the solution as soon as possible. Thank you for your report!
    • Mirroring my iPhone to laptop works fine but once you mirror it to my laptop, how can I remotely use my mouse to iPhone?
      • Dear Austin, we're sorry but the function of controlling your phone from PC is Android users only due to the strict limitations of iOS system. We will keep improving our product! Thank you for your support!
    • If I want to upgrade, how would I make it so I only have to buy it one time? Instead of buying for the PC and my phone separately.
      • Dear Albert, you can log into your account on any computer or your phone expect you cannot log into the account on two devices simultaneously. There's nothing to do with the upgrade, you can still use the old account for the upgraded versions. If you have any further questions, please be free to reach out!
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
    • 4
    • 5
    Get them now >>
    Free Trial
    Apowersoft Unlimited
    One-click Installer for 14+ All Apowersoft Products
    Back to top