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How to control an Android phone from another Android phone

The title reminded me a little bit of Inception, but yes, you can control an Android smartphone from another Android smartphone. But how?

AirMirror makes the task not that difficult, with an Android app that you can download for free on the Play Store. To make it work, you will need both the AirMirror and AirDroid apps on the phone you want to control and the phone you want to use as a controller.

Then head to your computer to download the AirDroid software on your computer. You’ll have to create a free account, that you’ll later use on both phones.

After you log in to AirDroid for Mac or PC, connect the phone you want to control and head to the binoculars icon on the left menu.

Select the phone again on “My Devices” and tap on the “AirMirror” icon on the bottom right. AirDroid will ask you to “Start Non-Root Authority” on your Android phone. That is the “tricky” part, in case you don’t have a rooted phone; here are the instructions:

Control and Android smartphone from another Android smartphone

Now, all you have to do is log in with your credentials on both phones you intend to use. Select the phone you want to control and, magically; you’ll now be able to do things like open Chrome or run the Play Store to install an app from a distance.

Just remember the free version only allows you to control one phone at a time, and AirMirror works smoother on a stable connection. Oh, and you can’t turn the phone on from far away, in case the screen dozes off.

To stop controlling a phone, tap the exit button on the lower left side of the screen. AirMirror offers a great way to help someone that is far away, and that you can’t meet right away. What do you think of AirMirror?

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