Ever wondered if you can mirror iPhone screen to Windows PC, well, there are a lot of great ways to do this, and in this post, we will be exploring all our available options. Thankfully, you have options for making iPhone and Windows PC work together.
Here’s How To Mirror Your iPhone To Windows PC
Screen Mirror Your iPhone To Windows PC With LonelyScreen
With Apple’s AirPlay protocol, you can easily connect your iPhone to an Apple TV, HomePod, or other Apple devices. But this doesn’t work for non-Apple devices, so you can’t mirror your iPhone to your laptop running Windows. However, with the LonelyScreen software, you can get this done.
This software lets your Windows computer to accept AirPlay connections, so it’s the key for this process.
To begin, Head to the LonelyScreen download page (https://www.lonelyscreen.com/download.html). You’ll see a download button under Free Trial Download—go ahead and install that on your system.
Note: The software, however, costs $15/year for personal use
Once you have installed the software, you will see a Windows Firewall prompt letting you know that it blocked access to the app. Check the box to allow access through Private networks (like your home).
Click Allow Access, then open the software. You’ll get a warning notification on using the free trial; click ‘Maybe Later’ to proceed.
The main LonelyScreen window looks like the photo below. You can click the LonelyScreen text to change the name of your AirPlay server if you like. That’s all you need to do on your PC for now.
How to Cast Your iPhone to LonelyScreen
Next, pick up your iPhone or iPad that you want to mirror the screen to PC. Open your phone’s Control Center by swiping down from the top-right corner on iPhone X and later, or an iPad running iOS 12 or later. On older iPhone models, swipe up from the bottom of the screen.
On Control Center open, you would see the Screen Mirroring shortcut among the buttons. Tap that, and you’ll see a list of available AirPlay devices.
If you followed these steps, your iPhone will successfully be mirrored to your PC, as you will see your LonelyScreen server in the list. Tap it to start mirroring your screen to your PC.
If you have successfully mirrored your screen, whatever you do on your iPhone, will appear on the LonelyScreen software on your PC.
Note: Screen Mirroring doesn’t mean you can control your iPhone using your PC
If, however, you don’t see the red button at the bottom of the LonelyScreen window, click the small arrow in the bottom-right corner to expand the bottom panel. When you click the red Record button, LonelyScreen will start recording everything on your iPhone or iPad’s display.
To end the connection and cancel mirroring, deselect LonelyScreen from the Screen Mirroring, shortcut in Control Center, or close the LonelyScreen software on your PC.
Simple Troubleshoot If LonelyScreen Doesn’t Work?
However, if this didn’t work, you may want to check these few things out carefully.
- Make sure LonelyScreen is open: The LonelyScreen window can be minimized, but closing it will prevent you from mirroring.
- Confirm LonelyScreen firewall permission: The app will let you know if it can’t get through your firewall and you can correct that by clicking fix on the app.
- Make sure the device is compatible: Nearly all newer iOS devices work with LonelyScreen, but if you have an older model, it won’t work.
- iPhone and PC should be on the same network: AirPlay won’t work if your devices are on different networks.
- Reboot your PC and iPhone. Sometimes a quick reboot will fix minor glitches.
Why You Should Mirror iPhone To Your PC
Screen mirroring can come in handy when you are trying to show a larger audience your screen, say you have a presentation with a large audience need an easy way to show your audience steps on your iPhone. Thanks to LonelyScreen’s built-in recording feature, mirroring is also an easy way to record screencasts on your iPhone.
You can also use this feature to play videos on your phone on a much larger screen without having to transfer the file to your PC. Note that aside from screen mirroring, you can also use the LonelyScreen software for casting media. Many apps have the AirPlay symbol, sometimes under the Share menu, that lets you cast them to your PC.
When playing music, for instance, you can open the Control Center and Force Touch on the Now Playing panel to send it to your PC through AirPlay.