How to AirPlay From iPhone to Mac

Although an iPhone already offers a clear image and high display resolution, you still have the option to effortlessly mirror it onto a larger screen.

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The screen of the iPhone is sharp and of excellent quality, yet it can still be projected onto a larger monitor. In order to accomplish this, Apple offers its AirPlay feature, which is compatible exclusively with other Apple products. This implies that your iOS device can be mirrored on a Mac through AirPlay.

For the two devices to communicate with each other, AirPlay must be enabled on both the iPhone and the Mac. Once the devices are connected, you can begin streaming immediately. However, it’s important to note that the Mac will serve solely as a display, while all user interface functions, including clicking, will be carried out on the iPhone.How to Airplay From Specific Applications?

Please ensure that your devices meet the system model requirements mentioned below before proceeding with the steps, as not all iPhones and Macs are compatible with AirPlay functionality.

  • iPhone 7 or later
  • MacBook Air 2018 or later
  • MacBook Pro 2018 or later
  • Mac Mini 2020 or later
  • iMac 2019 or later
  • iMac Pro
  • Mac Pro 2019 or later

Enable Airplay on Mac

In order to mirror your iPhone screen on a Mac, it is necessary to activate the AirPlay Receiver feature on macOS. By enabling this feature, nearby AirPlay devices will be able to find your Mac system.

You have the option to enable AirPlay directly from the System Preferences panel. However, the specific steps for doing so vary slightly depending on whether you are using macOS Ventura or an earlier version, such as macOS Monterey.

If you have recently upgraded to macOS Ventura, follow the instructions below to enable AirPlay:

  1. Open Finder.
  2. Click Apple System Settings on the menu bar.
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  1. Go to the General settings from your sidebar.
  2. Select the AirPlay & Handoff option.
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  1. Enable AirPlay Receiver.
  2. Then, Allow AirPlay for either Current UserAnyone on the same network, or Everyone.
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If you have logged in to both your Mac and iPhone using the same Apple ID, choose the option labeled “Current User”. If your Mac and iPhone are connected to the identical network, you should opt for the “Anyone on the same network” selection. In case neither of the above conditions apply, simply choose the option “Everyone“.

  1. By toggling the “Require password” option and specifying a password in the provided text field, you can establish a password for Airplay device connections.

Airplay From iPhone to Mac

In your iPhone’s control center, you have the ability to search for nearby AirPlay devices. By doing so, you can identify if your Mac is among the available devices and subsequently stream content from your iPhone to your Mac using AirPlay.

  1. Access the iPhone control center.
  2. Click on the Screen Mirroring icon.
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  1. Select your Mac from the list of available devices.
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  1. On your Mac, Accept the AirPlay request.

How to AirPlay From Specific Applications?

Apple’s native iOS apps, including Apple TV+, Apple Music, and Photos, offer the functionality to AirPlay content directly from their application interface. While the underlying process remains consistent with the method described earlier, this presents an alternative approach for streaming content from an iPhone to a Mac.

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When accessing Apple TV+, you will find a Playback icon located at the bottom of the window. By selecting this icon and opting for “Mac” from the available device options, you can mirror your iPhone screen to your Mac. Therefore, depending on your specific usage, simply click either the Playback icon or the AirPlay icon within the application to stream your iPhone content to your Mac.