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How to Project iPAD or iPhone Screen onto a Computer

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This is a question I received several times – how to project iPAD or iPhone screen onto a computer?  After some research I found AirServer.  But before we get into how to use AirServer, let’s think of some scenarios when you would like to project your iPAD or iPhone screen onto a computer.

First, at home, it is great to be able to see the photos and family videos you took with your iPAD on a bigger screen with the whole family; once awhile I’d like to see what my child is doing on the iPAD and how he is using an app, this makes it easier for us to look at the same screen and still sit comfortably with plenty space; it also makes it possible to share eBooks or book apps for everyone to see at the same time. It is especially useful for teachers to share the iPAD screen to the class – once you project iPAD onto your computer, you can then project your computer screen to the white board or smartboard, and you are free to move around just holding the iPAD.  It is a good presentation tool for office and travel business people too.  What makes AirServer really useful is the ability to stream the audio – while you are projecting the video or images onto the computer, the audio also goes to your computer and come out from your computer.How to Project iPAD iPhone Screen onto Computer

How to use AirServer?

To make it work, all you have to do is to install AirServer on your computer.  You can download it from AirServer website .  There are different versions for Mac and PC, so pick the right version for your computer.  You will be asked to put in your activation code or purchase email to activate it.

Once you have it installed on your computer, you can open your iPhone or iPAD.

1. double-tap the home button. A sliding menu will appear at the bottom of your screen.
2. Scroll left until you see the circular AirPlay button.
3.Tap the AirPlay icon and a list of AirPlay enabled devices will appear. The computer on which you installed AirServer will show up on this list.
4. Tap on the computer name, choose Mirroring.AirServer 1
Now you should see your iPhone or iPAD screen on your computer.

AirServer works on both PC and Mac, it is $14.99 for single license up to 5 computers, $11.99 for student/teacher license up to 3 computers, and $3.99 each for educational institutions of 20 more licenses. It has a 7-day free trial, if you want to try it out.

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  • Keirsten Heckel

    I agree with Nancy, Reflector 2 is also another powerful app that allows you to mirror an iPhone or iPad screen to a computer. It runs on a Mac or Windows computer and is compatible with iOS, Android and Chrome devices. You can record single or multiple devices, customize the app, live stream to YouTube and even set up privacy settings to keep your screen secure.

  • Does it work without an internet connection after activation?

    • It needs some types of connection between iDevice and computer, could be WiFi, or some local network, or cables.

  • Nancy Lu

    Reflector is also a good option and lets you record screens with sounds. I used it to make a promo video for our app and it has worked really well.
    It’s free to try and $12.99 to buy.

  • So cool! Thanks for putting us on to this technology. I have to think if I’d actually use it, but it’s good to know about.

    • We used it to stream videos and share vacation photos, also looked over some math practice together.

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