Monday, January 26, 2015

The best way to mirror an iPad screen to a Macintosh screen for presentation or recording

The best new feature of Mac OS X 10.10 (Yosemite) is tucked away in QuickTime Player that provides a rock-solid, reliable way to display an iPad or iPhone screen on the screen of a laptop or desktop computer. 


* A Macintosh computer running Mac OS X version 10.10 or later

* The QuickTime player app (installed with Mac OS X, should be in your Applications folder)

* An iOS device with a Lightning connector running iOS 8 or later (devices with the old 30-pin connector will not work)

* A Lightning to USB cable

How to:

1. Connnect your iOS to your Macintosh with the Lightning to USB cable

2. Run QuickTime Player

3. Choose File > New Movie Recording (command-option-n)

4. In the display that appears, choose iPad for the Camera in the drop-down menu. This will cause the iPad to mirror onto the Macintosh screen. If the iPad screen doesn’t appear on the Macintosh screen, you may have to swipe once on the iPad screen to make it appear.

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The advantage of this approach over wireless solutions that use Airplay is that it doesn’t require access to wifi. 


David Blatner said...

Very cool, Keith! Note that ScreenFlow 5 also has this built-in now.

Scott Citron said...

Thanks, Keith. This is so much better than Reflector.

Brian Wood said...

Pretty cool, Keith! Love the fact that there are no wifi issues to trip over.

Chad Chelius said...

This is great Keith! I like that the display quality is much clearer than Reflector as well! This probably goes without saying, but I noticed this also works with your iPhone plugged in. Very cool!

maccolar said...

Great post, thanks for the guide. I always use acethinker iPad screen recorder to mirror my iPad screen to my macbook pro, it works pretty well all the time. Share it here.

Anonymous said...

This is awesome! Great find. I'd also recommend this iPad screen recorder which I have used for many years. Easy to use.