You can play your favorite iOS games on your iPhone or can watch movies on your iPhone but what about bringing all the excitements to a bigger screen and make it even more interesting? Well, I mean about screen mirroring an iPhone to a Macbook. So, in this guide, you’ll learn 2 (two) different ways of screen mirroring an iPhone to Macbook via USB cable and wirelessly.
Meanwhile, The Screen Mirroring feature comes with your iPhone and iPad. The feature lets you mirror your iOS device to a computer or Apple TV that has a larger screen. However, connectivity is one of the main advantages of the iPhone. Built into Apple devices, there are many ways to quickly transfer what you watch or work on from your iPhone to your Mac or iPad.
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Method #1. Screen Mirroring an iPhone to a Macbook via USB Cable Using QuickTime
This is the easiest method of screen mirroring an iPhone or iPad to a Macbook but it’s not wireless. This method is completely free and easy to use, all you need to have a lightning cable that comes with your iPhone and iPad
Note: QuickTime is no longer supported in macOS 10.15 Catalina or later, so the instructions below are only applicable if you’re still running an older version of macOS like 10.14 macOS Mojave or 10.13 macOS High Sierra.
Step 1. Connect your iPhone to your Macbook using your Lightning to USB cable.
When connecting the phone to the computer, the Photos and iTunes are automatically launched. You can close those apps and continue the process.
Step 2. Open Quicktime on your Macbook. If you cannot find the QuickTime icon, use the Finder feature in either location.
Step 3. Once the Quick Player is launched, click File on the upper-right menu bar and select New Movie Recording. It will open your Mac camera and a pane will appear on your computer.
Step 4. Next to the red record button, click on the down arrow. You should see your iPhone named in this list then tap on it. If it’s not there, try disconnecting and reconnecting your iPhone.
Step 5. Now, you have successfully mirrored your iPhone to your computer, in the exact shape of your iPhone screen.
Step 6. If you press the red record button, you can also record a video of your iPhone’s screen.
Step 7. To stop screen mirroring an iPhone to a Macbook at any time, close the QuickTime Player application.
Method #2. Screen Mirroring an iPhone to a Macbook Wirelessly using Reflector 3
In this method, you’ll have to use a third-party application which is Reflector 3. Unfortunately, you may have to pay a certain amount of money to buy the service. Some of the apps offer a trial version for free for 7 days, so you can try before deciding to purchase it. Reflector 3 is an app that makes screen mirroring simple, easy and completely wireless and there is no need of USB cables.
Step 1. Download and install Reflector 3 on your Macbook. Reflector 3 is available for both Mac and Windows.
Step 2. To mirror an iPhone screen to Mac, make sure you have a reliable Internet connection. Now, connect both devices to the same WiFi network.
Step 3. Launch the Reflector 3 program on your Macbook computer.
Step 4. Click Try Reflector 3 to use the 7-day free trial version. If you’re happy with the screen mirroring functionality of Reflector 3 then you can buy it for $14.99.
Step 5. Open the Control Center on your iPhone. On iOS 13, swipe down from the top right corner of the screen to open Control Center. Tap “Screen Mirroring.” However, in older iOS versions, swipe up from the bottom of the screen to open Control Center. Tap “Screen Mirroring” or If you don’t see the Screen Mirroring option, tap Airplay instead.
Step 6. Here, you’ll see the list of available devices. Find out your Macbook then tap on it to start screen mirroring.
Step 7. If you’re prompted to enter an AirPlay Code. An AirPlay code will show on your Macbook then simply enter the code on your iPhone or iPad.
Step 8. That’s it! Now you’re wirelessly screen mirroring your iPhone with your Macbook.
This was all about 2 ways of screen mirroring an iPhone or iPad to a Macbook and I have provided two best methods to screen mirror your iPhone or iPad to a Macbook. However, when you want to screen mirror to another device such as an Apple TV, the screen mirroring steps should stay the same. All you need to do is choose the name of your Apple TV or other wireless receivers from the screen mirroring list.