While the iPhone is excellent for most things, the limitation to a handheld screen size doesn’t always offer the ideal user experience. At these times, you may need to know how to mirror the iPhone to a Mac so you can access everything you need on a bigger screen.
Please note –this tutorial is for iPhones with iOS 11 or higher and Macs with macOS 10.13 or higher.
1. How to mirror iPhone screen on Mac via AirPlay
The AirPlay feature allows you to view your iPhone’s display on a Mac screen without the need for a physical connection.
- Important – By default, AirPlay should mirror your iPhone screen to Apple TV or an Airplay 2 compatible Smart TV device. Third-party software such as the application below is required to use it for mirroring on a Mac.
To wirelessly mirror your iPhone screen to a Mac, we recommend using the Reflector application developed by the Squirrels software company.
- And let me tell you, Reflector costs $ 14.99, but a free 7-day trial is available if you want to try it out beforehand.
- Download and install Reflector on your Mac
- Open the Reflector app. The Reflector splash screen should now appear. It is recommended that you use Reflector 3 for this tutorial.
- You know what – If you’re satisfied with the Reflector mirroring feature, you can purchase it on or before the trial expiration date.
- Make sure your iPhone and Mac are on the same Wi-Fi network.
- Open the Control Center and then tap Screen Mirroring. Can’t see the Screen Mirroring option? Tap Airplay instead.
- A list of available devices should now be visible. Tap the name of the Mac you want to mirror to.
- You will now be asked to enter an AirPlay code, which will appear in a reflector window on your Mac screen. Enter this code and tap OK.
- A new reflector window will now appear on your Mac, mirroring the display of your iPhone. You can drag this window to move or enlarge it. You can also record the content or take screenshots using the icons at the top of the user interface.
- If you want to stop mirroring at any time, simply exit the Reflector application on your Mac or return to Control Center on your iPhone and hit Stop Mirroring.
2. How to View the iPhone screen on a Mac with QuickTime
To mirror iPhone to Mac using QuickTime, you need to use the Lightning cable that came with your phone. On some newer Mac models, you may also need a Lightning-to-USB adapter to make this physical connection.
- Warning! – QuickTime is no longer supported in macOS 10.15 or later, so the instructions below only apply if you are running an older version of macOS.
- Use the above-mentioned cable to physically connect your iPhone to your Mac.
- Pro tip – If iTunes or the Photo app starts automatically when you connect, just close these applications and go to the next step.
- Start QuickTime Player from the launchpad interface or your application folder. If you can’t find the QuickTime icon, use the search function in both locations.
- Click File> New Movie Recording.
- At this point, QuickTime Player prompts you to access your microphone. Hit OK.
- Now you will be asked for permission to access the camera. Hit OK again.
- The movie capture UI should now appear. Tap the down arrow to the right of the record icon.
- In the CAMERA section, click iPhone.
- The QuickTime Player should expand immediately and display the content of your iPhone screen.
- While mirroring your screen, you can record the content using the QuickTime recording tools or just use it as a mirroring tool.
- Close the QuickTime Player application to stop mirroring at any time.
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