Transferring images from a phone isn’t one of the most popular things users do with their devices, but some people like it as a quick method, while others only use it for tech support. Anyway, there are many ways to transfer the image from your phone to other devices or screen mirroring, which we will introduce the top 6 software and some other methods in the rest of this article.
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A list of the best image transfer software for Android
- Google Home
- Microsoft Remote Desktop
- Phone Link by Microsoft
Three other alternative methods
- Capture card
- Chromecast, Fire Stick and Smart TV support
- HDMI output
AirDroid It is a great program for better communication between your phone and computer. This software allows you to do things like transfer files between your phone and PC, respond to phone notifications on your computer, remotely control your Android phone from your computer, and even transfer images to your screen. The image transfer performance in this software is very good. In fact, it’s one of the few options that doesn’t require your mobile phone and computer to be connected to the same network. However, both devices require the AirDroid app to be installed. The service runs for $3.99 per month or $29.99 per year.
Google Home It is an app for Google Nest products, Chromecast and other Google devices. With this app and Chromecast, you can cast your screen directly from your device to your TV. In fact, this software works remarkably well. However, many use cases, such as video playback, are better served by native apps than image transfer. However, if you need your phone screen on your TV, this is a great way to do it. You need to buy a Chromecast for this. This program is free and has not encountered any major problems during the tests.
Microsoft Remote Desktop
Microsoft Remote Desktop It is very similar to Chrome Remote Desktop. In fact, it basically does the same thing. Of course, you should note that this program supports Windows Professional and Server versions. In addition, it works well for video and audio streaming as well. This software is completely free and without in-app purchases or even ads. Since Google has stopped supporting Chrome Remote Desktop, Windows users are better off using this option. Of course, it’s a bit flashy and has bugs, but we hope that Microsoft will clean it up in time.
Phone Link by Microsoft
Phone Link by Microsoft It is a great program developed by Microsoft. Of course, it still has some issues, but it’s currently better than most Android apps for connecting your phone to Windows. Once connected, you can view photos, reply to text messages, make phone calls (on Bluetooth-enabled PCs), and perform your image transfers as you’d expect.
In fact, you can cast your screen as normal or launch an Android app that will also launch screencast mode. Your Phone Companion is still a bit buggy, even on Samsung devices where it comes by default. However, it is still one of the best options for image transfer.
TeamViewer It is one of the most popular image transfer software. This one is mainly used for more specific purposes. You can view on desktop or other mobile devices if needed. It also supports HD audio and video streaming, 256-bit AES encryption, and file transfer from both devices. Other positive features include its default support for Mac, Windows, and Linux, which can be very useful. This app is completely free for individual use. Running businesses have different payment options.
Vysor It is a good choice for transferring images from your phone to your PC. This app uses a Chrome extension along with the Android app to pair your phone with your PC and from there, mirror your phone’s screen directly to the PC. Of course, there are limitations in this case. For example, you need Chrome or a Chrome-based browser to use it. Apart from that, there seem to be bugs that depend on user settings. It worked well in our tests, although it may not work perfectly for all users. Fortunately, this software is also completely free, so there is no harm in giving it a try.
A look at other image transfer methods
Capture cards have always been one of the most stable ways to transfer images from your phone to a computer, and they’re much simpler to operate than software. You buy one of these gadgets, plug it into your computer, and the other end into your phone, and it uses your phone’s original HDMI output. Therefore, some devices without HDMI support, such as the Google Pixel series, will not work with capture cards. There are different types of capture cards in the market. However, one of the best options right now is the Elgato HD 60 S+. It has 4K support, 1080p60 support, HDR support, etc.
Chromecast, Fire Stick and Smart TV support
These days you can do screencasting with almost any smart TV. Of course, it all depends on the issue of support or not. We talked about the Google Home app in the list of apps above, but we’ll repeat it here. You can actually use Chromecast to cast your image using the Google Home app. It takes a second to get used to, but it definitely works.
Fire TV has special options for transferring the image to the screen, which you can turn on in the settings. This method also allows you to transfer images with almost any device, as long as the device has the option to display its screen wirelessly. Amazon has a way to set it up, and Roku has a similar way for Roku-enabled devices.
Finally, some smart TVs have similar functionality to the Fire TV. TVs with Google TV can only use the same process as Chromecast because these TVs have built-in Google Chromecast capability. However, many other brands have Miracast, Roku or similar protocols. Finally, it is you who should be aware of the default method available on your device by reading its specifications. For example, Samsung uses Smart View for this purpose.
The easiest way to view the picture on your mobile phone on the TV is to use an HDMI cable. Of course, this isn’t as common as it was years ago, which doesn’t make much sense to us since USB-C comes with HDMI output by default. In any case, these days, most displays from computer monitors to TVs support HDMI output, which makes this method one of the easiest ways to transfer images.
It’s all about using the right cable. Most modern phones with HDMI output can use a USB-C to HDMI adapter or a full USB-C to HDMI cable. But things get a little more complicated for older devices. Older Samsung devices usually used MHL, while older LG phones used Slimport. Of course, better than buying a cable, it is better to check the HDMI output capability of your mobile phone with a simple search on the Internet.
The HDMI output isn’t the most modern or stylish option out there, but it always works fine unless the cable breaks.
HDMI output has the advantage of physical connection. Using it, you will no longer suffer from lag and lag and other strange connection problems like some wireless mirroring solutions. In addition, it made the connection without the need for any other wireless interface.
Those with Samsung devices can check out its DeX mode with a Windows PC, which allows for things like image transfer, but in a full desktop experience that’s done entirely on the phone. All you need is a USB cable to connect it to your computer.
If you have a special experience of transferring images with different methods or have experienced a special case, share it with us in the comments section.
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