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How to Mirror an iOS Device Screen to Windows

Using AirPlay to mirror your screens between devices is easy in the Apple ecosystem. But what about iOS to Windows 10? Here are some options.

If you live in the Apple ecosystem, you know how easy it is to mirror your iPhone to your Mac via AirPlay. But what if you want to send your iPhone or iPad screen to a Windows PC?

You could spend money on a commercial app like Mirroring360 from Splashtop or Reflector from the developers of AirParrot to do the job. Or, if you don’t find yourself in this scenario often, it can be done with the free and straightforward LonelyScreen utility.

Editor Update: When we published this article in 2017, LonelyScreen was a free app. LonelyScreen is no longer free. The price listed on its website is $14.95/Year for Personal use and $29.95/Year for Business use.

We already showed you how to mirror your Android device to Windows 10 using the Connect app. However, the Connect app in Windows 10 doesn’t support iOS, so you will have to look at another option.

Mirror iPhone or iPad to Windows 10

Download the LonelyScreen executable and start the installation process – during which you’ll notice it is downloading and installing the Bonjour service. This is required so your iOS device can be discovered on the local network. In fact, you have probably seen Bonjour when installing Apple iTunes.

Bonjour

Suppose you get the following notifications that Windows Firewall blocked the installation from completing. Just click the Allow access button and then Fix It (Administrator) on the Message in the LonelyScreen AirPlay Receiver window.

Firewall

Once the Firewall issue has been resolved, you are ready to start using the app. One of the first things you’ll notice is that you can change the server’s name, which is LonelyScreen, by default. Note that this is the name you’ll see on your AirPlay receiver’s list on your device.

LonelyScreen

Once everything is set up with LonelyScreen on your Windows PC, the next step is to grab your iPhone or iPad. Next, swipe up from the bottom of the screen to bring up the Control Center. Finally, tap on AirPlay Mirroring, and you should see LonelyScreen (or whatever you named it) listed.

That’s all there is to it. Just tap the LonelyScreen option from the AirPlay list and your iPad or iPhone’s screen, and everything you do on it will be displayed on the Windows PC. There is also a handy option to record your actions — the video is stored as an MP4 file. This feature is handy if you need to record a series of steps for a certain task that you want to watch later or share on YouTube.

Recording

LonelyScreen doesn’t offer the number of extra features of commercial programs offered by Splashtop or AirParrot. But it’s straightforward and does what you need it to. So, if you don’t need all the bells and whistles, LonelyScreen works perfectly for the rare times when you need it.

6 Comments

6 Comments

  1. AltVRat

    September 10, 2017 at 12:33 am

    Awesome! Thanks! Worked right out the box.

  2. Cherokee

    October 12, 2017 at 10:58 am

    i have tried this and cannot get it to work – not at my office nor on my home pc. I tried disconnecting the ethernet cable and putting the pc’s on the same wifi as the phone and my phone just does not see the display.

  3. denva

    April 14, 2018 at 4:20 am

    can i use this to live stream my mobile games from my iphone device? if so, how can ia connect it to my twitch account? can anybody help me on this? thank you!

  4. marc b

    June 8, 2019 at 12:01 pm

    sometimes my lonely screen doesn’t appear on screen mirroring

    only apple tv appears

    other times it works

    checked wifi and it isn’t that

  5. Will

    June 16, 2021 at 3:51 pm

    LonelyScreen is $15 a year, it is not free.

    • Steve Krause

      June 16, 2021 at 7:35 pm

      Thank you Will for pointing that out. Looks like the article needs to be updated. Will get that done now. Thnx!

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