What is iPhone Screen Mirroring: A Complete Guide

What is iPhone Screen Mirroring: A Complete Guide

Although smartphone screens are larger now than a few years ago, they are not large enough to perform special tasks or enjoy movies. Thanks to the Screen Mirroring function, iOS users can wirelessly (and conveniently) project the screen of an iPhone and iPad onto a TV, PC and other devices. We will talk about the Screen Mirroring function on your iPhone in this article if you are just curious about how it works and the technology behind it.

If you’ve had your chic and expensive iPhone for years, but never used screen mirroring, consider it an introductory guide. And for experienced users, you will also find answers to some questions (if any) on the iPhone screen mirroring feature in this guide. Let’s start.

IPhone screen mirroring: basic overview

From the name, you might think that the Screen Mirroring feature only allows you to mirror the content of your iPhone screen on other devices. Well, functionality does more than that. With Screen Mirroring, you can also wirelessly send and play audio from your iPhone to your TV, smart speakers, and other compatible devices. So it looks more like a 2 in 1 feature – visual + audio.

For example, you play your favorite game on your iPhone. You can use the Screen Mirroring feature on your device to wirelessly project the game to your TV for a larger (and better) view. And if you’re watching a movie, you can project it on your TV so that others can join it or enjoy the movie on a much larger screen.

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Screen mirroring on your iPhone is powered by an underlying connectivity technology known as AirPlay. Developed by Apple, AirPlay is similar to Google Cast (or Chromecast), Google’s native screen mirroring protocol.

So to wirelessly mirror and send content to your TV (or other devices), both devices must be compatible with AirPlay. You should not confuse AirPlay and AirDrop; they are two entirely different data transfer protocols.

Supported devices and platforms

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The Screen Mirroring function works on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac and Apple TV (4K and HD). Virtually all Apple devices that support AirPlay by default.

Note: You can only AirPlay / stream audio from Apple TV to other devices.

Back on the iPhone, you can use screen mirroring to stream video and audio to Apple TV, HomePod, and smart TVs / speakers that support AirPlay – search for a “ Works with Apple Airplay ” on their packaging or instruction manual.

How to use screen mirroring on iPhone

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The Airplay protocol that powers the screen mirroring function requires Wi-Fi to operate. And to project your screen, you must connect your iPhone to the same Wi-Fi network as your Apple TV, Smart TV or any AirPlay compatible device on which you use mirroring.

Do it and follow the steps below to use screen mirroring on your iPhone.

Step 1: Swipe down from the top right corner of your phone screen.

This will reveal the iOS control center – for iPhone X or newer.

Note: For iPhone 8 or older users, swipe up from the bottom of your phone screen to open the Control Center. This also applies to iPhones running iOS 11 or earlier.

2nd step: Tap Screen Mirroring.

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Step 3: Select the device on which you want to mirror your phone screen.

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This should immediately establish a connection between your iPhone and the device. You should now be able to see content on your iPhone screen on your TV screen.

If your iPhone does not detect your TV / device, check and confirm that it is turned on. Some devices may also require you to activate their AirPlay functionality before they become visible / available for pairing.

To stop screen mirroring, open Control Center, tap the name of the device you are mirroring on, and then tap Stop mirroring.

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Mirroring an iPhone without Apple TV

If your TV does not support native AirPlay, there are some workarounds that can help you use the Screen Mirroring feature to stream content wirelessly from the iPhone without purchasing an Apple TV box.

Well, you may have to (buy and) use other devices to do this, but hey, they’re much cheaper than the Apple TV box.

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Using some apps on Google Chromecast, you can stream content wirelessly to your TV using the Screen Mirroring feature. Likewise, with an Amazon Fire TV Stick (or Fire TV Stick 4K), wireless mirroring from your iPhone to your TV can also be done. IPhone screen mirroring on TV is also possible with an Android TV box or a streaming device.

For Windows PC and laptop users, you also don’t need to buy a Mac to use screen mirroring on your iPhone. There are tons of software out there that let you copy your iPhone for free to a Windows PC.


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Last updated on June 25, 2020

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