The free open-source Android screen mirroring and remote control application, Scrcpy, released version 2.0 today!
The new release feature audio forwarding support! Meaning it’s not only mirroring your Android screen, but also sending the sound from Android to your PC speaker. The new feature supports Android 11 and higher. It’s enabled by default, though there’s
--no-audio flag available to disable it.
Another big change in the release is that the device screen can now be encoded in H.265, or even AV1 if your device supports AV1 encoding.
The release also includes new
--list-encoders option to list audio and video encoders available in the device, and
--list-displays to list displays available on the device. For more about Scrcpy 2.0, see the official release note.
How to Install & Use Scrcpy in Ubuntu 22.04 to control your Android Phone Wirelessly or via USB cable
NOTE: This tutorial is tested and works in Ubuntu 22.04, though it should also work in all current Ubuntu releases.
Step 1. Prepare your Android device
To use the software, you need to first enable USB Debugging Mode in Android.
1. First, go to Settings in Android. Navigate to “About Phone”, and tap on “Build Number” several times (usually 7 times). It should prompt you something like “You are now in Developer Mode“.
TIP: there’s NO security issue or performance loss with developer mode enabled.
2. Then navigate to “Developer Options” in Settings menu or ‘Additional Settings’ sub-menu, and turn on the option for “USB Debugging“.
Step 2. Install adb
adb (Android Debug Bridge) package is also required for this software. Just press Ctrl+Alt+T on keyboard to open terminal and run command to install it:
sudo apt install adb
Step 3. Install scrcpy
There are few ways to install scrcpy, choose either one that you prefer.
.deb package from system repository
Scrcpy is available in Ubuntu system repository. It’s working good in my case, though a little bit old that lacks new features.
To install the package, open terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T) and run command:
sudo apt install scrcpy
Option 2: Snap package in Ubuntu Software
The snap package in Ubuntu Software can be the easiest way to install the app, though it runs in sandbox.
The snap package at the moment is the last 1.25 version, though it will automatically update to v2.0 once maintainer updated the package.
Option 3: Install Scrcpy from the source
If you can’t wait to use the latest release, open terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T) and run the command below one by one to install it from source:
- First, run command to install dependency libraries:
sudo apt install ffmpeg libsdl2-2.0-0 adb wget gcc git pkg-config meson ninja-build libsdl2-dev libavcodec-dev libavdevice-dev libavformat-dev libavutil-dev libswresample-dev libusb-1.0-0 libusb-1.0-0-dev
- Then, clone the source code via command:
git clone https://github.com/Genymobile/scrcpy
- Finally, navigate to source folder and start the installer script:
cd scrcpy && ./install_release.sh
NOTE: After building process it may ask you to type user password for the permission to install files into system directories.
Step 4. Remote control your Android in Ubuntu
Now, connect your Android device into Ubuntu using USB cable. Then, click “Allow” in Android to confirm the “Allow USB Debugging” dialog.
1. First, open terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T) and start adb in your favorite mode:
- To remote access via USB cable, run command:
- To remote access using wireless network, run commands:
adb tcpip 7676
adb connect 192.168.0.150:7676
Here, change port number 7676 and the Android’s IP address accordingly! When done successfully, you can then remove the USB cable.
2. If the previous step goes well without any error! You can now start scrcpy:
scrcpycommand in terminal if you installed from system repository.
- Launch it from start menu (or ‘Activities’ overview) if installed from source. For debugging purpose, use scrcpy(console).
That’s all. Your android screen should appear in the Ubuntu desktop after launching scrcpy. Enjoy!
To remove the adb package, open terminal and run command:
sudo apt remove --autoremove adb
To remove Scrcpy installed as .deb package, use command:
sudo apt remove --autoremove scrcpy
For the snap package, just use Ubuntu Software again to remove it.
And, for the package installed from source, navigate to the source folder again in terminal window and run command to uninstall it:
sudo ninja -Cbuild-auto uninstall