How to Screen Mirroring iPad to PC/Mac

Screen mirroring on an iPad is possible thanks to a built-in feature on the device. This feature lets you mirror your iPad screen to various devices and that is exactly what we are going to check out in the following guide.

Roger Smith Last Updated: Mar. 17, 2020

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An iPad is actually a larger version of the iPhone but people prefer it more for their commercial tasks. If you have an iPad, you likely draw things on it, create presentations, and so on. Although the screen on an iPad is really large and good for viewing items, sometimes you may want an even larger screen to view content, especially for viewing your presentations.

This is where the iPad mirroring comes into the picture. It allows you to show the contents of your iPad screen on a large screen of your computer. It should work on both Windows as well as Mac machines so you can use it regardless of what computer you have.

Screen Mirroring iPad to Mac with AirPlay

What makes screen mirroring possible and easier on an iPad is a feature called AirPlay. It is built right into your operating system so you do not need to download or install it on your device. Once you invoke the feature, it lets you stream your screen to any other AirPlay-enabled device.

Your Mac, on the other hand, does not have built-in support for AirPlay. However, that does not mean you cannot mirror your device to it. You are going to need to install an app on your Mac that will add the AirPlay support to it.

Let us take a look at how to AirPlay from an iPad to a Mac machine:

Step 1. Connect both your Mac and your iPad to the same WiFi network. This is the only way to use AirPlay and mirror your device’s screen.

Step 2. Head over to the Reflector website and download and install the app on your Mac. Launch the app but there is not anything to be configured. Just leave it as is.

Step 3. After installing the app, get back to your iPad and swipe down from the top-right corner of your screen. You will reveal the Control Center. Tap on the option that says Screen Mirroring in the list.

Access the Screen Mirroring option on the iPad

Access the Screen Mirroring option on the iPad

Step 4. The following screen lists all the AirPlay-enabled devices available on your network. Choose your Mac from the list by tapping on it.

You will instantly see your iPad being mirrored to your Mac machine. Any actions you perform on your iPad will instantly reflect on the screen of your Mac.

Mirror iPad Screen to a Windows PC

If you want to mirror your iPad screen to a PC that runs Windows, you are also going to need to install an app on your computer. Windows machines do not have AirPlay support by default but a third-party app should help you add it.

While there are many apps that will let you do the task, we are going to cover how to use X-Mirage to do the task.

Step 1. Head over to the X-Mirage website and download and install the app on your PC. Launch the app when it is installed but you do not need to configure anything in it.

Step 2. Assuming both your PC and iPad are connected to the same WiFi network, swipe down from the top-right corner of your iPad to reveal Control Center. Tap on Screen Mirroring in the list and select X-Mirage.

Step 3. Select X-Mirage from the list of available devices.

Use X-Mirage as an AirPlay receiver on a PC

Use X-Mirage as an AirPlay receiver on a PC

You are all set. Your iPad screen will be quickly mirrored to your Windows PC. Thanks to X-Mirage, you can now view your iOS device’s contents on the large screen of your PC.

Mirror iPad Screen with AnyTrans

If you have used the apps mentioned above yourself, you might have noticed they are quite old and do not have any modern features. They get the job done but are not really fun to work with.

Enter AnyTrans for iOS, a cool new modern app that helps you both manage your iOS device’s content as well as mirror your iPad screen to your computers. It is available for both Windows and Mac machines and it works like a charm on both the machines.

Here we take a look at how you use the AnyTrans for iOS app to mirror your iPad screen to your PC or Mac machine. Please make sure both your iPad and your computer are on the same WiFi network.

Step 1. Download and install the AnyTrans for iOS app on your computer. Launch the app once it is installed.

Step 2. Click on Screen Mirroring in the left sidebar in the app on your computer.

Use the Screen Mirroring feature in the AnyTrans for iOS app

Use the Screen Mirroring feature in the AnyTrans for iOS app

Step 3. Reveal Control Center on your iPad by swiping downwards from the top-right corner. Tap on Screen Mirroring and then select AnyTrans from the devices list.

Select AnyTrans on the iPhone to mirror screen to your PC

Select AnyTrans on the iPhone to mirror screen to your PC

Your iPad will connect to your computer and you will see the iPad screen on your machine.

How to Enable AirPlay on Your iPad

Enabling AirPlay on an iPad is a piece of cake. All you need to do is tap on an option on your device and you are all set.

Here is how to enable and use AirPlay on iPad:

Step 1. Open Control Center on your iPad. On old iPads, you need to swipe upwards from the bottom of your screen. On new ones, you can swipe downwards from the top-right corner of your iPad’s screen.

Step 2. Tap on the Screen Mirroring option. Then select the device you want to mirror your screen to.

That is all there is to it. Your iPad screen is now being mirrored to your chosen AirPlay-enabled device.

The Bottom Line

Sometimes you may need to mirror your iPad’s screen to your Mac or Windows PC. Learning how to do it is really handy and is quite easy as well as shown in the above guide.

Roger Smith

Work for iMobie team for 5 years as well as an Apple fan, love to help more users solve various types of iOS or Android related issues.