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How to enable iPhone Mirroring in macOS Sequoia

As showcased during the macOS Sequoia keynote at WWDC 2024, Apple has finally shipped the said iPhone Mirroring app with the macOS Sequoia developer beta 2. The iPhone Mirroring app, which is a part of Apple’s Continuity feature, lets you wirelessly mirror and use your iPhone on your Mac, eliminating the need to pull it out every time you need to do something on it while working on the Mac.

Keep reading to learn how to use the iPhone Mirroring in macOS Sequoia.

Minimum requirements for using iPhone Mirroring

  • An iPhone running iOS 18 (currently in beta).
  • A Mac or MacBook running macOS Sequoia (currently in beta).
  • Both iPhone and Mac must be signed in with the same Apple ID.
  • Bluetooth and Wi-Fi enabled on both iPhone and Mac.
  • Both iPhone and Mac must be in close proximity.
  • Your iPhone must be in the locked state to begin mirroring.

How to enable iPhone Mirroring in macOS Sequoia

The iPhone Mirroring app mirrors each element of your iPhone’s screen on your Mac, allowing you to operate your iPhone virtually using your Mac’s trackpad. Additionally, while your iPhone is mirrored to the Mac, it remains passcode-locked, so there is no security risk either.

  1. Launch the iPhone Mirroring app that appears in the Dock as soon as you update your Mac to macOS Sequoia.
    Launching the iPhone Mirroring app from the Dock on a Mac.
  2. When an iPhone mirroring window appears, click the Continue button.
    Clicking Continue to get started with iPhone Mirroring.
  3. Next, unlock your iPhone to continue.
    Unlocking iPhone to continue using the iPhone Mirroring app on a Mac.
  4. Now, go back to your Mac and click on Get Started, and you’ll see a no-border mockup of your iPhone on the screen, confirming that your iPhone is mirrored to your Mac.
    Selecting Get Started to start iPhone Mirroring on a Mac.
  5. Use Touch ID or enter your Mac’s password to unlock the iPhone Mirroring app and connect to your device.
    Unlocking the iPhone Mirroring app on a Mac using Mac password or Touch ID.
  6. Now, choose whether you want to authenticate manually every time you launch the iPhone Mirroring app or automatically as soon as the app launches.
  7. Next, enter your Mac’s password and hit OK to authenticate yourself.
    Entering Mac password to start mirroring an iPhone on a Mac.
  8. Once done, the iPhone Mirroring app will mirror your iPhone’s screen on your Mac.
    iPhone Mirroring app on a Mac showing the iPhone screen.

You can now use your Mac’s trackpad to navigate your iPhone. Perform a click on the trackpad to imitate a tap on your iPhone for selecting items on the screen or opening apps.

When you want to return to the Home Screen, click the navigation bar at the bottom. Or click the Home Screen button in the top-right corner of the window.

Preview of the iPhone Home Screen and recent apps in Mac's iPhone Mirroring app.

To stop mirroring your iPhone to your Mac, simply close the iPhone Mirroring app or unlock your iPhone. When your iPhone is unlocked, iPhone Mirroring stops automatically, and you’ll see the iPhone in Use dialogue on the screen.

Exiting the iPhone Mirroring app on a Mac.

Note: If you want to mirror your secondary iPhone signed in with the same Apple ID, you can change the selected iPhone in the Desktop and Dock settings on your Mac.

How to remove a Mac from iPhone Mirroring on your iPhone

While iPhone Mirroring is a boon for multitaskers, it can compromise your privacy if someone (family or friends) else gets their hands on your Mac. To avoid this, you can delete your Mac from the list of devices allowed to mirror your iPhone to revoke its access. Here’s how:

  1. Open the Settings app on your iPhone.
  2. Go to GeneralAirPlay & Continuity.
    iPhone Settings app.
  3. Next, tap on iPhone Mirroring.
  4. Swipe left on the Mac you want to remove, then tap Delete.
    Revoking a Mac's permission to mirror an iPhone.

Video: How to Enable iPhone Mirroring in macOS Sequoia Beta 2?

Why is iPhone Mirroring not working on Mac?

There could be various reasons why iPhone mirroring may not be working on your Mac. You may be missing one of the prerequisites we mentioned at the beginning, or your Mac does not support this feature at all, as iPhone Mirroring support is limited to Apple Silicon Macs and Intel Macs running macOS Sequoia, with the latter requiring a T2 Security chip. Go through the prerequisites list to ensure you’re covered on all fronts, and then try again.

Apple ecosystem unleashed..

The addition of the iPhone mirroring app on Mac is another testament to Apple’s commitment to creating a cohesive and integrated user experience across devices. Not only can this app help boost your productivity, but it can also make your everyday tasks more convenient.

Yes, it isn’t perfect right now, and there are a few things that need to be fixed. For instance, you can’t access the Notification and Control Center in iPhone Mirroring, as of the time of writing. However, I believe Apple will fix these issues with further updates

What are your thoughts on the iPhone Mirroring app? Do share with me in the comments.

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  • Vikhyat Rishi

    Vikhyat has a bachelor's degree in Electronic and Communication Engineering and over five years of writing experience. His passion for technology and Apple products led him to the tech writing space, where he specializes in writing App features, How-to guides, and troubleshooting guides for fellow Apple users. When not typing away on his MacBook Pro, he loves exploring the real world.

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