Mirror iPhone to Mac using QuickTime

Need to demonstrate something on your iOS device to a large group of people? What about displaying your iPhone or iPad screen to a Mac? As you may already know iOS device has the built-in Screen Mirroring utility in its Control Center. Just swipe up from the bottom of your iPhone screen to bring up the Control Center, the Screen Mirroring can be found there. This feature however can only be used to mirror iPhone iPad screen to Apple TV. Today, we will show you a quick solution to cast screen from an iPhone or iPad to Mac, despite the lack of built-in feature.

Cast screen from iPhone to Mac with QuickTime Player

Every Mac has the QuickTime Player pre-installed. This is a very versatile app. It plays music, movies on our Mac. It converts, edits audio and video files on our Mac. It records audio and screen videos on our Mac. iOS screen mirroring is just another hidden feature of QuickTime we love. 

Open the Launchpad on Mac, locate and run QuickTime Player from there. Or do a Spotlight search to find and open this program on Mac. 

Connect your iPhone or iPad to Mac using the Lightning-to-USB cable. Unlock iPhone to use accessories. You may see the alert, Trust This Computer?  Hit the Trust button to allow your Mac to access your iPhone when connected. 

Click to expand the File menu of the QuickTime Player, select New Movie Recording from the menu list, see below screenshot.

quicktime player new movie recording on mac

The Movie Recording opens in a new window with a small red button at the center bottom. Do we have to click the Record button to start mirroring iPhone screen to Mac? No, you don’t have to. By default QuickTime records video from the Camera of your Mac which you use for FaceTime. We need to switch the FaceTime HD Camera to iPhone. Click the small down arrow besides the Record button to pull down the menu where you can find more camera and microphone options. See this screen capture below.

mirror iPhone screen to Mac using Quicktime Player

Once your iPhone is selected, its screen will be cast to Mac instantly. If you need audio or sound input from your iPhone as well, choose your iPhone in the Microphone list. 

Cast iPhone screen to Mac wirelessly without cable

The Screen Mirroring makes wireless streaming from iOS device to Apple TV incredibly simple. Unfortunately, there is no official way to mirror iPhone or iPad to a Mac or PC? We need to use a third-party tool, like AirServer, X-Mirage, to circumvent the obstacle.

2 thoughts on “Mirror iPhone to Mac using QuickTime”

    1. The reason Netflix, and really any other PAID Subscription streaming service shows black screen is because they dont want you to record for free and send them out for free.

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