November 15, 2016

Welcome, Home

Google Cast to Google Home-Update

You may notice something different the next time you try to open your Google Cast application on your Android phone.

Google Cast has a new name

Google renamed and redesigned its Google Cast application for the third time (second this year). What you previously recognized as Google Cast is now called Google Home to coincide with the new Google Home device.

New layout

Although Google Home still has the same capabilities of the old Google Cast, there are a few cosmetic changes to notice. Instead of the user interface showing three tabs (What’s On, Devices and Get Apps), Google Home now has two – Watch and Discover. Consumers will be able to use the app to discover new content and manage their Google Home assistant and Cast devices, according to Google. These added tabs will make it easier to find new suggested content to watch on your Chromecast, along with a library of applications that support the device.

The icon in the upper right-hand corner is used for managing devices, and there is now a FAB (floating action button) in the lower right to use for searching. Users can still Cast their Android device screen from the navigation drawer – a panel that displays the app’s navigation options, usually on the left edge of the screen. This is where you will go to connect to Reflector 2.

New logo

The application logo got an upgrade, too. Instead of the notable round blue Cast symbol, you’ll find a colorful house icon.

Although Google Cast is no longer the name of the application, it’s still the name of the core screen-sending technology. It’s how users send content or media from the device to a receiver.

There you have it, folks! Google Home is now available to download for free from the App Store and Google Play Store. Happy mirroring, Android users!

Let us know if you have any questions about connecting to Reflector 2 using the new Google Home app in the comments section below!

 

September 22, 2016

How to Record iOS 10 iPads and iPhones

Recording the screen of any iPhone or iPad running iOS 10 is simple with the Reflector screen-sharing software.

Once you wirelessly connect your iOS 10 device to your Mac or PC, simply press the “Record” button on the iOS 10 device on your computer (shown below). Alternatively, you can begin recording an iPhone or iPad from the Reflector menu (also shown below).

Record iPhone Zoom

Stop Menu Zoom

Once you are done recording your iOS device, simply press the “Stop” button. Then select where to save the mp4 file on your Mac or PC.

Reflector provides voiceover support so you can include your voice with a device recording. This feature is often used in tutorials, presentations, lesson plans and mobile app reviews. In addition, you can enable your Facetime HD Webcam from the Reflector menu to include a video of yourself with the mobile device recording.

Pro tip: You can connect and record multiple iOS devices at the same time. This is ideal for educators and mobile gamers who may need to display and record multiple devices simultaneously.

September 14, 2016

How to wirelessly mirror iPhones and iPads running iOS 10 to your computer

Wirelessly sharing your iPhone or iPad screen to your Mac or PC is simple with iOS 10.

All you need is our Reflector 2 software ($14.99) running on your Mac or PC. If you are already a Reflector 2 user, you’re good to go! Just make sure you are updated to the latest version of Reflector 2.

Step One
Make sure your iOS 10 device and your computer running Reflector 2 are connected to the same network.

Reflector 2 - Same Network

Step Two
Open the Reflector software on your computer.

Reflector 2 - Open

Step Three

After unlocking your iOS 10 device, swipe up from the bottom of the screen to reveal the control center.

Reflector 2 - iPhone Control Center

Step Four

The iOS 10 control center is slightly different than predecessors. You’re now able to scroll left and right through the control center to reveal more options. For screen mirroring, you need to be on the first screen.

iOS 10 Control Center

Step Five

Tap the AirPlay Mirroring icon to reveal the AirPlay list.

Reflector 2 - AirPlay Menu

Step Six
Select your computer from the list.

Reflector 2 - Mirroring

That’s all! There are no more steps. We promise. Wirelessly mirroring your iOS 10 device to your Mac or PC is that simple. Anything you do on your mobile device will appear on your computer.

Pro tip: You can mirror multiple iOS devices to your computer at the same time. Simply repeat steps three through six for each device you want to connect. 

Bonus Pro tip – Recording iOS 10 devices: Once an iOS 10 device is connected to Reflector, you will see a “Record” button in the top left corner of the mirrored device screen on your computer. Simply click that button to begin recording your session.

August 1, 2016

AirParrot 2.5.2 for Mac and Windows is now Available

AirParrot 2.5.2 for Mac and Windows is now available. The update improves the mirroring experience on both Mac and Windows.

Mac 2.5.2 Release Notes:
 – Improved the rate at which content updates when mirroring mostly static content

Windows 2.5.2 Release Notes:
– Improved mDNS discovery and reliability on very large networks with hundreds of devices
– Added better support for multiple monitor setups on Windows 8.1 and above
– Added improved support for alternate DPIs on Windows 8.1 and above

You can update AirParrot 2 by selecting “Check for Updates” from the AirParrot 2 preferences menu. Additionally, you can download the new version from the AirParrot 2 download page.