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How to Broadcast iPhone Screen to Windows PC or Mac Using AirPlay and Record it?

AirPlay is a proprietary protocol developed and named by Apple Inc. Apple announced AirPlay back in 2010 with the arrival of iOS 4.3. Using AirPlay you can cast the screen of an AirPlay compatible source as well you can play media from a single AirPlay compatible source (iPhone or iPad) and stream it to multiple AirPlay compatible devices like Apple AirPort or Apple TV, which are on same network. But it was not possible to directly cast your iPhone or iPad screen to your PC. But LonelyScreen makes is possible without costing you any extra bucks.

LonelyScreen is a free software that you can install on your Mac or Windows PC. You do not need to install any application on your iPhone. It uses AirPlay to cast the screen of your iPhone or iPad to your MAC or Windows PC. As AirPlay is required, it will only support iPhone 4s and above.

Steps to Broadcast iPhone Screen to Windows PC or Mac Using AirPlay

1. First of all install LonelyScreen on your MAC or Windows PC from Here.

2. Now give your LonelyScreen AirPlay Receiver a name and Save it.


3. On your iPhone, open Control Center and tap on AirPlay. If AirPlay option is not appearing on Control Center, make sure that your iPhone is connected to the same WiFi network as your LonelyScreen installed PC or MAC is connected to because AirPlay button only comes up if your device is on a WiFi network with a device that supports AirPlay.

Tap on AirPlay

4. Now, in AirPlay you will able to see the name of your LonelyScreen AirPlay Receiver. Here in my case it’s Anik’s PC. Select it and turn on Mirroring. That’s it. Your will able to see your iPhone screen on your PC or MAC. Use the record button to record the screen.

Turn On Mirroring AirPlay

Broadcasting Screen from iPhone

If you only want to play music and videos on your PC or MAC from your iPhone but don’t want to cast your iPhone screen on your PC or MAC then just turn off the Mirroring option. When you are connected using AirPlay, an AirPlay button will appear while you are playing Music on your iPhone. Any Video that you will try to play on your iPhone will be played on this AirPlay receiver.

Video Playing using AirPlay

Streaming is not bad when you are just playing music or playing standard definition videos over AirPlay. But in case of HD videos and if you are playing high quality games on your iPhone the streaming experience is very choppy. So, if you are planning to record game play of any high quality game, playing on you iPhone, LonelyScreen is not the right thing that you will want to use.

How to Broadcast iPhone Screen to Windows PC or Mac Using AirPlay and Record it? - Last modify: July 31st, 2015, Author: Anik
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Anik is a Software Engineer by profession. He loves to spend a lot of time testing and reviewing the latest gadgets and software. He likes all things tech and his passion for smartphones is only matched by his passion for Sci-Fi TV Series.

  • Ronnie

    Woah! Thank you so much for the help. This article really helped me broadcast my iphone to my laptop. I never thought it was possible! Thanks a bunch

    • Nelsoncolar

      Thanks for the tips. It’s free to use Quicktime to record iPhone screen now. To get HD quality record video, I’d recommend Acethinker iPhone recorder.

  • drvajra

    Anik: I installed LonelyScreen. I made sure firewall allows it. My ipad and computer are on the same wifi. Ipad has the latest OS. YET, no airplavy on my ipad. I tried Mirroring 360 and works fine. I am trying to get lonely screen to work, as it is free. Can you pls help?

    • Anik Chakraborty

      Make sure LonelyScreen is turned on on your computer and your PC and iPad are on same Local Area Network. It should work.. may be you are missing something..

  • azoreseuropa

    Try Apowersoft iPhone Recorder. I think it is better than this program. Yes, its free.