How to Mirror Your iPhone Screen to Mac 2019

For the question about how to screen mirroring your iPhone to Mac, we’re going to show you three best ways to learn and practice.

Roger Smith Last Updated: Mar. 23, 2020

Have you ever thought to view your iPhone on a bigger screen like on your Mac? Generally, iOS users may want to mirror iPhone screen to Mac for various purposes: doing a business presentation on a bigger screen can make works much more efficient; playing games is more fun; sharing personal photos with friends and families and transferring videos from iPhone to Mac creates a warmer atmosphere; and watching movies on a larger screen must be a cool experience.

Here, we’re going to show you three best ways to connect your iPhone to Mac, mirroring what you need on Mac. They can make you easily enjoy a bigger iPhone screen.

Mirror Your iPhone Screen to Mac

Mirror Your iPhone Screen to Mac

Method 1: How to Mirror Your iPhone Screen to Mac with QuickTime

QuickTime Player is an extensible multimedia framework developed by Apple Inc., capable of capturing the screen of your iPhone, iPad or iPod. You can capture exactly what you’re seeing on your iPhone. Or you can make a video recording of your Mac screen, for example, video of working demo, game reviewing, photos slide show and so on.

This capability requires a USB cable. Mirroring Requirements for devices are:

  1. The Mac: macOS X Yosemite or later
  2. The iPhone: iOS 8 or later

Here are the STEPS: 

Step 1: Connect your iPhone to your Mac with a USB cable.

Step 2: Open the QuickTime Player on your Mac.

Step 3: Click File”, and choose “New Movie Recording”.

Step 4: Click the Options pop-up menu, then Choose Your Connected iPhone.

Choose "New Movie Recording" and "Your Connected iPhone"

Choose “New Movie Recording” and “Your Connected iPhone”

Step 5: The iPhone screen will now instantly display on the Mac.

Successfully Mirroring Your iPhone Screen to Mac with QuickTime Player

Successfully Mirroring Your iPhone Screen to Mac with QuickTime Player

  1. The default input device will be set to the built-in camera. To change it to your iPhone, click the Optionspop-up menu (down arrow next to the Record button). Then select your connected iPhone.
  2. When connecting iPhone to Mac, the Photos and iTunes are automatically launched. You can close those apps and continue the process.

Method 2: AirPlay iPhone to Mac with Reflector

AirPlay Mirroring sends exactly what is on the iPhone screen wirelessly. While Apple does support screen mirroring between iPhone and Apple TV, it doesn’t provide a built-in solution to directly display your iPhone screen on Mac. But luckily, an AirPlay Receiver-Reflector can enable AirPlay for iPhone.

This capability requires WiFi network. Mirroring Requirements for Devices are:

  1. An AirPlay receiver: Reflector
  2. The iPhone: iOS 7 or later

Here are the STEPS to airplay on Mac:

Step 1: Make sure your iPhone and Mac on the same wireless network.

Step 2: Download and launch Reflectoron your Mac.

Step 3: Open up Control Center on your iPhone:

  • On iPhone X or later or iPad with iOS 12 or later: Swipe down from the upper-right corner of the screen.
  • On iPhone 8 or earlier or iOS 11 or earlier: Swipe up from the bottom edge of any screen.

Step 4: Tap the “AirPlay/Screen Mirroring”.

Step 5: Select your Mac from the list.

Step 6: If a code appears on your Mac, enter the onscreen code on your iPhone.

Step 7: The iPhone screen will now instantly appear on the Mac.

Mirroring Your iPhone Screen to Mac with Airplay

Mirroring Your iPhone Screen to Mac with Airplay

If you can’t enable AirPlay for iPhone, please:

  1. Make sure that your Mac is near the iPhone, try moving closer to it and try again.
  2. Make sure that your Mac and iPhone are updated to the latest software version.

Method 3: How to Mirror Your iPhone Screen to Mac with AnyTrans for iOS

AnyTrans for iOS is a comprehensive iPhone data management software, it provides you a Free Screen Mirror tool for iPhone screen mirroring. Here are some of its main features:

  • It allows you to mirror iPhone screen to Mac (or PC) in a click.
  • During the screen mirroring, you can also record or capture the screen.
  • In addition, it can help transfer all your iPhone data to another iPhone/iPad, or Mac/PC computer, and vice versa.
  • Also, it helps you backup your iPhone completely to protect you from unexpected data loss. And then you can restore them whenever required.

Mirroring your iPhone to Mac with AnyTrans for iOS requires WiFi network. Requirements for Devices are:

  1. The Mac: macOS Catalina beta, macOS Mojave, macOS High Sierra, macOS Sierra, OS X 10.11, 10.10, 10.9, 10.8
  2. The iPhone: iOS 5 or later

Here are the STEPS:

Step 1: Make sure your iPhone and Mac on the same wireless network.

Step 2: Download AnyTrans for iOS and launch it on your Mac.

Free Download

Free Download

* 100% Clean & Safe

Free Download * 100% Clean & Safe

Step 3: Click the “Screen Mirroring” option on the left navigation of the interface.

Click the “Screen Mirroring” Option After You Launch AnyTrans for iOS

Click the “Screen Mirroring” Option After You Launch AnyTrans for iOS

Step 4: Open up Control Center on your iPhone:

  • On iPhone X or later or iPad with iOS 12 or later: Swipe down from the upper-right corner of the screen.
  • On iPhone 8 or earlier or iOS 11 or earlier: Swipe up from the bottom edge of any screen.

Step 5: Tap the “AirPlay/Screen Mirroring” button, and Choose the Name “AnyTrans_XXX” (your computer name).

Tap the “AirPlay/Screen Mirroring” Button and Choose the Name AnyTrans_XXX

Tap the “AirPlay/Screen Mirroring” Button and Choose the Name AnyTrans_XXX

Step 6: The iPhone screen will now instantly display on the Mac.

Successfully Mirroring Your iPhone Screen to Mac with AnyTrans for iOS

Successfully Mirroring Your iPhone Screen to Mac with AnyTrans for iOS

Having problems with turning on Wi-Fi on your computer and iOS device, learn how to connect your iPhone and Mac to the same Wi-Fi.

Brief Comparison among QuickTime, AirPlay and AnyTrans for iOS

QuickTime AirPlay AnyTrans for iOS
WiFi Not supported Supported Supported
Condition One-click Reflector needed One-click
Mirror/Record/Capture
Price Free Free Trial for Reflector Free Trial for screen mirroring

The Bottom Line

Today, most people own more than one electronic products to entertain life. Screen mirroring iPhone to a bigger screen is one of digital entertainment lifestyle. Once you’re screening your iPhone to Mac, you can fast control your media on your iPhone. Remote handling the functions and enjoying the bigger screen must be an unique experience provided by screen mirroring.

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.