Monday, May 16, 2016

Projecting your iPhone Through Your Mac

Just recently, I needed to do a demo for a class on how to use several apps on an iPhone. While there are some other ways to display your iPhone screen on a projector, here's a really easy solution that worked for me. It does require that you have a Mac with the Yosemite, or version 10.10, operating system or later.

Here's what you do:
  1. Attach your Mac to a projector. 

  2. Attach your iPhone to your computer with your lightning-to-USB cable.

  3. Open QuickTime Player. You can find it through Finder in your Applications Folder.

  4. If Photos or other applications open that want to sync your iPhone with your computer, just close them.

  5. With QuickTime Player open, select File -> New Movie Recording.

  6. From the QuickTime Player Movie display that opens, click the small down arrow to the right of the red recording button. You will see your iPhone listed as an option. Select it. 

  7. Your iPhone will now display on your Mac screen so it can be displayed on your projector screen:

And, of course, if you want to actually record what is displayed, just press the red record button.

You can use this same method to display any iOS device with a Lightning port and iOS 8 or later.