I have always been a great fan of “AirPlay” that makes wireless streaming incredibly simple. You can use it to stream video or mirror your iPhone or Mac display to Apple TV or any compatible speakers. Unfortunately, there is no official way to mirror an iOS device to Mac or Windows PC? However, there is a way to circumvent the obstacle!
There are quite a few third-party tools like Reflector, AirServer, and X-Mirage that let you display your iPhone screen to your computer painlessly. As all of them are available for a free trial, you can give them a go before finally upgrading to the premium version. Once you have installed the app and set it up perfectly, you will be able to stream content intuitively.
How to Display iOS Device to a Mac or Windows PC
Step #1. First off, install your favorite tool on your computer. In this test, I’m going to use X-Mirage as it makes the task slightly more straightforward.
After you have successfully installed the software, open it on your computer.
Note: Make sure your iPhone and computer are near and connected to the same Wi-Fi network.
Step #2. Now, swipe up from the bottom of your iPhone to bring Control Center.
Note: On your iPhone X, swipe down from the top right corner to access CC.
Step #3. Next, tap on screen mirroring icon.
Step #4. Next up, a list of available devices will show up on the screen. Select your computer.
Voila! The screen will start mirroring from your iOS device to the computer.
To stop the screen from displaying on your computer, bring up Control Center → tap on screen mirroring button and Stop Mirroring your device.
Can’t See AirPlay on Your iPhone?
If you can’t see the AirPlay icon on your iOS device, ensure that the firewall is not blocking your devices from communicating. Besides, keep both of your devices close together and ensure they are connected with the same Wi-Fi.
Try to temporarily disable the firewall on your computer.
On your macOS Device:
Step #1. Click on Apple menu at the top left and select System Preferences.
Step #2. Now, click on the Security or Security & Privacy → Firewall tab.
Step #3. Next, select the tiny circle for Firewall Off.
On Windows PC:
Step #1. Open Control Panel and select System and Security.
Step #2. Now, click Windows Firewall.
Step #3. On the left side of the “Windows Firewall” screen, check out the option to Turn Windows Firewall off.
Note: Once you have AirPlayed content, make sure to turn on the Firewall on your computer as it’s a very significant security feature.
Moreover, be sure you have iPad 2 or later, iPad Air or newer, iPad Mini or newer or iPad Pro. You must have iPhone 4s or later and your iPod touch must be 5th or 6th generation.
Your Mac must be running OS X 10.6 and later and your PC must have Windows XP or later.
So, that’s how you can bridge the gap and enjoy streaming content without any restriction. Have any feedback? Toss it up in the comments below.
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