With AirPlay, you can stream the contents on your iPhone screen to your Mac and Apple TV easily. But what if you only have a Windows PC? Don’t worry, I’ll show you a FREE software that lets you mirror your iPhone screen to PC handily. If you are want to do it via USB cable (without having to use Wi-Fi), I’ll show you as well.
Mirror your iPhone on PC
The software we will be using is LonelyScreen. Click here to download it for free. It’s also the software I mentioned as one of the best applications to record iPhone and iPad’s screen.
The software simulates AirPlay functionality of Apple devices, allowing your iPhone to connect and mirror the display to your Windows PC’s screen without having to install additional apps on it.
Once you’ve downloaded it, launch the file and proceed with the installation process. If Windows Firewall is enabled, you might get an alert that the Firewall has blocked some features of the app. The alert window lets you select which types of networks that you allow the setup file (lonelyscreen.exe) to communicate.
Normally, the “Private networks” option is selected already. You just need to click on “Allow access” to continue. Public networks are not recommended because they often have little or no security.
1) After installation, launch LonelyScreen. You can simply use the keyboard shortcut Windows + S and type “LonelyScreen” into the search box to quickly find the program. And make sure your Windows PC and your iOS device are connecting to the same Wi-Fi network.
2) On your iPhone, swipe up from the bottom of the screen to open up the Control Center. Tap “AirPlay Mirroring” and select Lonelyscreen. This is the default name of the AirPlay receiver of the software. You can also assign a new name if you want.
3) Once Lonelyscreen is selected, you will see your iPhone screen now projected on the Lonelyscreen window on your PC. Tap “Done” to return to the Control Center, close it and start enjoying.
4) To stop mirroring your iPhone to your PC, either exit LonelyScreen by clicking the gear button in the upper-right corner of the windows, or simply turn off AirPlay on your iPhone.
LonelyScreen also allows you to record contents on your iPhone’s screen. You can easily notice the red circle button in the bottom of the app’s interface. Click on it to start and stop recording. Resulting videos are in MP4 format and stored in a preset folder, you can access them by simply clicking on the folder icon located in the bottom-right corner.
Sometimes, if your Wi-Fi network condition is not good enough to stream contents smoothly from your iPhone to Windows, or you just cannot connect to one, you can still make use of LonelyScreen. I’ve managed to find a way to mirror my iPhone to my Windows PC via a USB cable using this application.
Read also: How to AirDrop from iPhone to Mac/Windows PC
Mirror your iPhone to PC via USB
Instead of relying on Wi-Fi networks out there, you can setup on your own a network connecting between your iPhone and Windows PC by enabling the Personal Hotspot. Follow the steps below:
1) Plug in the USB cable into your iPhone and your PC
2) Go to Settings > Personal Hotspot and enable it. A pop-up notification will appear on the screen if both your Wi-Fi and Bluetooth are off. You can select USB only.
3) At this point, your PC should be connecting and sharing your iPhone’s data connection. You can start mirroring via AirPlay just like I’ve shown.
Note that, occasionally, you might see an error appear saying that it was not possible to connect. In that case, the easiest workaround to solve the issue is to turn Wi-Fi off then on again. This problem does not seem to happen very frequently, but in my case, I experienced several failed attempts to connect and solved by using this common method.
And that was how you can cast your iPhone and iPad’s screen of a Windows computer. I haven’t found any applications for Windows that let you use only USB connection like QuickTime player on Mac but above is a really good workaround to deal with the issue. If you do know other solutions, let’s discuss below.