Whether you’re talking about phones or laptops,Appleproductslive in a fairly closed ecosystem. This ensures that the end user experience is more or less the same. Unfortunately, this means that someApple devices work with non-Apple products could be problematic. If you own an iPhone but use a Windows computer, this is probably something you are familiar with.
One advantage of using the Apple ecosystem is the ability to cast the device’s screen to another using AirPlay. The only point is that onlyAppleproductsare AirPlay compatible. This means that youriPhoneor iPad screen appearingon a Windows-based computercan be a headache. Or at least it used to be. Userscan easily transferLonelyScreenmonitortheiriPhoneor iPad toa computer running Windows.
What is LonelyScreen?
As we mentioned earlier, Apple’s AirPlay protocol makes it easy for users to stream theiriPhoneor iPadscreenstoAppleTV or otherAppledevices. Unfortunately, this leaves Windows-based computers in the cold. Fortunately, LonelyScreen is apiece of software thatprovides yourWindowsPCAirPlaycompatibility. This allows you to quickly cast (or mirror) youriPad / iPhonescreen onto yourWindowscomputer screen.
Before we learn how to install LonelyScreen on yourcomputer, it’s important to note thatthe softwareis available as a free trial. When the trial ends, you’ll have to pay $ 15 to keep using it.
Why do I want to mirror my iPhone / iPad screen?
There are a number of reasons why you might want youriPhoneor iPadscreenmirrored to yourcomputer. The most obvious is to stream content from youriPhoneoriPadto the larger screen. This is perfect for watching videos or even playing games. Alternatively, you may want to useyour PC’s screen recording software to recordthe steps taken on youriPhone. What’s more, if you’re conducting a presentation or doing a class demonstration that requires your audience to see the steps taken on youriPhoneoriPad, the Lonelyscreen will let you stream it to a monitor. bigger.
How to Install LonelyScreen
Download the LonelyScreen softwareand run the installer. Thesoftware issmall and should be installed fairly quickly. Once it does, you will likely be faced with aWindowsFirewallpop-upexplaining that access to LonelyScreen has been blocked. Check the box next to “Private networks” and click the button labeled “Allow Access”.
When LonelyScreen starts, you will see a message letting you know that you are on a free trial and that you should purchase a license. Click “Maybe Later” to continue with the free trial. At this point, you should see the LonelyScreen AirPlay receiving screen. It doesn’t have much to consider, at least not yet.
How to use Lonelyscreen
With LonelyScreen installed and running onyourWindowsPC, grab youriPhoneoriPad. Unlock yourdeviceand swipe up from the bottom to bring up the Dashboard. Here you will see a button labeled “Screen Mirroring.” Tapping that button will bring up a list of allAirPlay compatible devices. Here you will seeyour LonelyScreen computerlisted. Tap it to start mirroring youriPadoriPhoneto yourPC. If the connection is successful, you will see the content of theiPhoneoriPadscreenon yourPCscreen in real time.
Unfortunately, LonelyScreen does not allow youto control your iPhoneoriPadvia aPC. However it does offer the ability to record youriPhoneor iPadscreenwith abuilt-in tool. To start recording, click the small white arrow in the lower right corner of the LonelyScreen window. This will reveal a red button. Click on it to start recording and click it again to stop. All videos will appear in the “Videos” folder of theWindowsaccountyou are logged into. To stop mirroring yourdevice toyourPC, close the LonelyScreen window on yourPCor turn offScreen Mirroringfrom the Control Center of youriPhoneor iPad.
LonelyScreen makes it easy to clone yourAppledeviceto aWindowscomputer. That being said, you might still run into some issues. If you can’t get it to work, double check the following.
- Make sure you have a compatible device: AirPlay is compatible with iPhone 4S (or later), iPad 2 (or later), iPad mini (or later), and iPod Touch 5 (or newer).
- Make sure LonelyScreen is not blocked by Windows Firewall.
- Make sure that the iOS device’s WiFi is turned on and connected to the same network as your PC.
- If all else fails, try restarting your iOS device and Windows computer.
Do you know any other way to clone youriPhonewithWindowsPC? Let us know in the comments.