AirPlay is Apple’s wireless streaming solution. It can help you easily stream audio, video, photo, device screen between computers, iOS devices, Apple TV, AirPlay-enabled speakers, AirPlay-enabled TVs, etc. For instance, you can stream photos, videos and music from iPhone iPad to TV via AirPlay. However, the AirPlay technology only allows you to stream content from iOS device to TV, not PC. What if you want to stream music or audios from iPhone, iPad to a computer? Airfoil Satellite is a third party AirPlay receiver software which can help us stream audio or music from iOS device to a Windows PC or Mac computer. Check out more details as following.
Step 1. Install & run AirPlay receiver on computer
First of all, download the AirPlay receiver software below. Choose the right version according to your computer OS, Windows, Mac or Linux. Install and run it on your computer, your computer will be setup as the AirPlay audio receiver instantly. Here we will use Airfoil Satellite for Windows version 5.7.1, in this demo to show you how to stream music and audio from iPhone iPad to Windows computer.
Step 2. Stream music & audio from iPhone iPad to computer
Now connect your iOS device to the same Wi-Fi network as your computer. Then swipe up from the bottom of your screen to open Control Center on iPhone or iPad. You should see the AirPlay icon, tap on it, then select your computer from the Speakers & TVs AirPlay device list.
Now go to play any music, podcasts, and videos on your device, the music or audio will be streamed from iPhone iPad to computer over Wi-Fi.
Stream music from iPhone to PC
If you want to stream songs from the Music app on iPhone, open the Music app, you can find the AirPlay icon at the bottom, simply tap AirPlay, then choose your computer from the Speakers & TVs section to start playing music from iPhone to your PC.
Stream videos and movies from iPhone to PC
Like we mention above, AirPlay supports screen mirror between compatible devices. If you want to stream movies and videos from iPhone iPad to computer, you need to install an AirPlayer receiver software on computer so you can send everything on your iPhone’s or iPad’s display to your computer screen. Airfoil and Airfoil Satellite can only help you send and receive audio.
Stream music, audio from computer to iPhone, iPad
If you want to stream music the other way around, from your Mac to iPhone or iPad, you can install Airfoil software on your computer. Unfortunately, Airfoil for Windows was retired. Now you can only get Airfoil for Mac to turn your Mac into AirPlay sender. Then download ‘Airfoil Satellite’ in App Store on to you iOS device. It is a companion for Airfoil desktop version on your computer. You can find more details from this guide to stream music and audio from computer to iPhone iPad.
Update Oct 2022: Updated the post with Airfoil Satellite for Windows 5.7.1 (January 31, 2020). This is the first completely stand-alone release of Airfoil Satellite for Windows, and still the most recent version as of Oct 2022. Airfoil Satellite is now completely free, with no requirement for a license key.