How to stream live mobile games through your PC

Game streaming has now reached its peak, with many popular streamers living well. Even those who casually play on consoles or PCs can now share their experience with free tools like OBS Studio.

But how do you stream your game if you’re playing on a smartphone? What tools can you use so that you can play on your phone and capture your screen simultaneously to share your game with the world?

Here we will see how you can stream your smartphone screen and sound to OBS Studio in a matter of minutes.

Cast your phone screen to your PC

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The first thing you need to do is to stream the display from your smartphone to your computer. Although the Your Phone app built into Windows can wirelessly stream your phone’s screen, this particular method is too slow to stream fast games. For this reason, it is best to have a wired connection between your phone and your PC.

This is where a third-party solution called Vysor comes in. You can use this free app to cast the screen of your Android device. You can use it on iPhones as well, but it’s currently still in beta testing, so the app may not be as stable as you would like.

You can download and install Vysor on your computer. It is compatible with Windows, Mac and Linux. And if you’re using an Android device, you can even run Vysor right from the browser.


Setting up Vysor on an Android device

If you are an Android user, you also need to install ClockworkMod’s Universal ADB Drivers. You also need to enable USB debugging on your phone. Once done, plug your phone into your computer and the Vysor app on your PC should detect it.

You will see your phone’s model number appear with three buttons next to it. Click on red Player button called View device, and you should see a new window with your phone screen appear on your computer. You can also control your device from this new window, allowing you to use your mouse and keyboard to manipulate your smartphone.

Configuring Vysor on iPhone and iPad

Connect Vysor to the iPad

If you have an iOS device, you will need to take a few more steps to run Vysor. First of all, you need to install the TestFlight app and join the Vysor Beta program from your iPhone or iPad. If you are running Vysor from a Windows PC, you will also need to install the Apple Mobile Device Support drivers from GitHub.

After installing everything you need, open the Vysor app on your iOS device and go to the main screen. From there, press the Camera icon, then choose Okay to allow the app to access your phone’s camera.

Connect your Apple device to your computer, press the Registration button and choose Start the broadcast. Look at the Vysor app on your computer and you should see your iOS device there. Click on red Player button, and a new window showing your device screen will appear.

You can control your iOS device if you are using a Mac, but unfortunately Windows does not support controlling your Apple device from your PC at this time.

Phone audio streaming

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The free version of the Vysor app does not support audio streaming in the app. Fortunately, there are a few workarounds for this. As long as you have the materials on hand, this system won’t cost a single penny.

Use a dedicated microphone

If you have an additional microphone, you can use it as a dedicated microphone directed to your device’s speaker to capture its audio. This way your voice doesn’t have to compete with the phone’s audio output. Still, it’s not an ideal setup, as your phone’s location is probably only within easy reach of your primary microphone.

Read more: The best microphones for YouTube

Attach line-in audio

If your phone still has a 3.5mm headphone jack, you can use the input audio to pump audio from it to the computer. All you need is a 3.5mm male-to-male cable, connect it to the headphone jack on your phone, then connect it to the microphone jack on your computer.

Upgrade to Vysor Pro

Unfortunately, typical flagship phones these days don’t have a headphone jack, and therefore your only option is probably to subscribe to Vysor Pro. If you decide to do so, click on the button in the shape of a helmet Switch the sound on the window broadcast on your PC to send the sound from your phone to your computer.

Configuring OBS Studio for streaming

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Once your phone’s audio and screen are playing on your computer, it’s time to set up your streaming software. To do this, you must first download and install OBS Studio on your computer. Then follow these simple instructions:

  1. Launch OBS and click on the + sign below Sources. So choose Window capture.
  2. A new Create / Select a source window will appear on your screen. Click on Okay proceed.
  3. A new Properties of ‘Window Capture’ window will appear. Use the drop-down menu to define Window at [Vysor.exe]: * the model number of your device * and choose Okay.

You will now see your device screen streaming to OBS Studio. If you are a Visor Pro subscriber, you can even click on the Full screen icon to remove unsightly borders from the screen.

You can also install the camera plug-in from the Vysor app on your PC. This would allow you to add Vysor as a video capture device for OBS Studio, allowing you to stream your screen directly into the app. However, it often comes up against issues like not being able to detect your phone. If this happens, the Window Capture method is a more stable option.

Related: What Are the Best OBS Settings for Single PC Streaming?

Stream on, play on

Using Vysor to cast your phone screen to your PC allows you to add effects, overlays, and even a camera view to show your face to your followers while streaming. Plus, you can stream multiple devices simultaneously, so you and a friend can stream your phone screens together while you play.

With Vysor, you can start streaming mobile gaming content and more to your channel. You don’t need a capture card or other hardware; all you need is your phone’s data cable to connect to your PC. Now go ahead and share your awesome kill footage on your mobile games with the world.

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