How to Stream Your Windows 8 Screen to Android

Ashish Mundhra

Before I start, let’s take a look at a scenario we might face in everyday life. Suppose you’re in the middle of watching a movie on your computer and you suddenly feel like moving to the balcony to enjoy the movie on your tablet with the fresh air and a cup of coffee. What a tempting scenario indeed! But how do you quickly transfer the movie that’s playing on your computer to your Android tablet or phone?

Splashtop Streamer

You can copy the file to your portable device, which will take considerable time and interrupt your movie. Another option is to share the file on Windows and then access it on Android (Check out our guide if you are wondering how that’s done). This second option might take less time than the former, but again, you would have to pinpoint the exact time you paused the movie, and all these extra tasks break the fun in enjoying the coffee.

But don’t worry, I always make it a point to find ways you can get the most enjoyment with the least effort. So today I am going to show how you can stream your Windows screen and audio directly to any Android device. This way, you can enjoy a fresh cup of coffee along with your movie without wasting even a minute.

Using Splashtop Streamer

So to get started, download the Splashtop streamer on your computer and as an app on your Android device. The app is free for personal use and both files can be downloaded easily. Once you have installed the Windows application, launch it and create an account. The account creation might be the company’s way to monitor the usage of the application. After you create an account, sign in and configure some basic settings.

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If you need to secure access while connecting, you can set a passcode in the Security tab. After doing that, make sure both the devices are connected to the same Wi-Fi network and make a note of the IP address that’s shown in the Advanced tab. If you don’t have a Wi-Fi router to connect to, you can easily create a virtual hotspot on your laptop quickly following our guide. Now that everything is in place on the Windows side, let’s open up the app on our Android device.

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In the app, log in using the credentials you used while creating the Splashtop account. Once that’s done, the app will list the computer that has the streamer running on them. Now all you need to do is tap the computer icon.

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The connection will be made instantly and you can now see your computer’s screen mirrored on your Android. Any action you perform on your device will be remotely done on your computer. So you can now think of your Android as an interactive visual remote for your computer.

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For further guidance, see our video tutorial on the topic.

Conclusion

For personal use, Splashtop streamer comes without any price tag. While streaming the color depth remains the same, and even the audio is streamed to the handheld.

The ability to control the computer wirelessly is an added advantage. So try out the all-new trick on your Android today and share all the creative ways you are thinking of using it. Feel free to express any questions or concerns in the comment section below!

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Ashish Mundhra

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Ashish Mundhra

Ashish is a staff writer and video editor at Guiding Tech. He loves all things tech and has a soft corner for Android. Apart from contributing articles here, he also takes care of our YouTube Channel.