How to Turn Your Windows 10 PC Into a Wireless Display

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Since it launched in July 2015, Windows 10 has offered the ability to mirror your screen to any dongle or device (TV, Blu-ray player) that's compatible with the popular Miracast standard. However, with the August 2016 Anniversary Update, Microsoft's operating system now lets your PC become the wireless display, receiving Miracast signals from a phone, tablet or other Windows 10 computer. 

If you have a small Windows 10-powered computer -- an Intel Compute stick, for example -- hooked up to your TV, it can now double as a wireless display dongle for your phone or laptop. When you're mirroring from a Windows 10 computer, you can extend rather than duplicate the screen so you can, for example, play a movie on the receiving display while you send emails on the primary one. Just imagine taking a Windows 10 tablet, propping it up next to your laptop and using it as a second monitor on the road. 

connect on a desktop

As cool as display mirroring is, there are a few caveats. While most modern devices with Wi-Fi have the ability to send out a Miracast signal, compatibility is spotty at best. My Samsung Galaxy Note 3 phone could not project to any Windows 10 PC I tried. And, even if you can connect, sometimes you have to try three or four times before the process works. So be patient.

Here's how to turn your Windows 10 PC into a Miracast-capable wireless display:

1. Open the action center. It's represented by the speech bubble icon in the lower right corner of the screen.

Click the action center

2. Click Connect.

click connect3. Click Projecting to this PC.

click Projecting to this PC

A settings window appears.

5. Select "Available Everywhere" or "Available everywhere on secure networks" from the top pulldown menu. 

Select Available Everywhere

6. Select "First time only" or "Every time" under "Ask to project to this PC." I recommend picking "first time only," unless you're really worried that some rogue person is going to grab your phone and project to your computer without your permission (and why would they want to?). 

I recommend leaving "Require PIN for pairing" off since you have to grant permission on the receiving computer anyway. You can also decide whether you want your PC to receive projection requests only when it's plugged in.

7. Click Yes when Windows 10 alerts you that another device wants to project to your computer.

Click  yes

The Windows connect app will launch in its own window. You can drag, resize or maximize the window. We found that videos played pretty smoothly in a connection between a Surface Pro 4 and a ThinkPad T440s.  Also, if the sending device is a Windows 10 PC and allows it, you can use the keyboard and mouse on the receiving computer to remotely control the sender.

How to Mirror Your Windows 10 Screen to Another Windows 10 Device

Here's how to broadcast your screen from the sending device, if it's a Windows 10 computer. Android devices have different wireless display menus.

1. Open the action center.

open action center

2. Click Connect. A list of available receiving devices appears and your other computer should be on it.

click connect

3. Select the receiving device. You may have to wait a minute or longer for the devices to pair. It may also fail and you'll need to try again.

select device

4. Toggle "Allow input" to on if you want to let the receiving device control your PC with its keyboard and mouse.

Allow input

5. Click "Change projection mode" and select "Extend" from the menu that appears if you want to use the wireless display as a second desktop, rather than a mirror of your current desktop.

change projection mode

Extend desktop

6. Click Disconnect when you want to terminate your connection.

Click disconnect

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  • Darcy Barnes Says:

    I am trying to connect my work laptop to my surface book. I've followed these steps and I'm able to try to connect them but it always stops and says "something went wrong with the projection"...any suggestions? Is there another setting somewhere I need to change?

  • Timea Deme Lukács Says:

    Thank you so much. That was the only way I could succeed in connecting my win 10 laptop with my Sony Bravia TV.

  • Tammy Says:

    I want to turn the Project off. How do I do that. It pops up by itself and looks for a connect and I want to stop that.

  • Dario Says:

    Thank you so much for this. Windows 10's tendency to have options for the same thing scattered all over got me this time.

    I was missing step 5. Select "Available Everywhere" or "Available everywhere on secure networks" from the top pulldown menu.

  • Klein Says:

    somthing is wrong with myn. it has red writing that says 'we are still trying to determine the feature capabilities' the options below ate all disabled. i cannot change any of them.

  • michael sherriff Says:

    Hi just got myself a windows 10 laptop I managed to get my usb drive to work of t.v but it say I need to connect and a program to open it for general meetings. but I don't want to connect for private meetings,if there is some way could you help thank you.

  • Rupesh Says:

    Does the connect feature of Windows 10 stream 1080p video and 5.1 channel audio output into my Samsung Full HD smart TV? Or does the streaming downgrade the video and audio quality?

  • Vanessa Says:

    When I connect the two devices, there is no option to toggle "allow input". The receiving device says "the device that's projecting wirelessly doesn't support input from this device", so I can't actually work on the second screen. Is there a way to remedy this? Thanks!

  • Tomas Palacios Says:

    I find all the windows and configuration screens in my PC, but in the "project to this PC" screen, everything is disabled (grayed out). What are the requirements for this to be enabled? I have many devices I'd like to try this feature with, since the "entertainment system" in my bedroom is the PC.

  • ````````````` Says:

    All my 3 windows 10 PC\s do NOT have any speech bubble icon in the lower right corner of the screen.

  • Maxximilian Says:

    Yes! Thank you! Simple & easy, even works with my outdated Asus K55N & a slow network.

    Any advice for offline techniques?

  • Rahul Raj Says:

    thanks a lot...only thing, how do I display my mobile screen on windows 10 pc?

  • Pedro Says:


    Why you can't extend the screen and open apps on the extended screen? when i try to move the apps there it doesn't work, is there a work around it?


  • Sadık Eser Says:

    That's a nice feature. When i project to another laptop the sound also plays on other laptop.
    Is there any way project to screen and play sounds locally???

  • Penny Says:

    Wow, thanks for sharing this terrific method. Actually, I recently found an application which works well in mirroring phone screen to Windows 10. Its name is ApowerMirror, it can connect phone to PC with USB and wirelessly as well. It is as easy as your method.

  • Pierina Galvez Says:

    Hi, I have a laptop Dell XPS L502x and I recently update it to windows 10, I know for sure that the driver of the intel wireless display worked fine on windows 7 but now I can't install it and when I go to setting-devices-connected devices and try to add a device, when I selected my D-Link Tv adapter MainStage it ask me fot a Wps Pin and I don't know what to do, please help me.

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