October 10, 2018

How To Screen Mirror iOS 12 iPads and iPhones to Mac and Windows Computers Wirelessly

Screen mirroring iPad and iPhone screens to your Mac or Windows computer is a breeze with iOS 12. Don’t even think about using cords or cables – it’s so simple to do it wirelessly.

How? All you need to do is add one app to your computer. It’s that easy to turn your computer into an AirPlay-compatible receiver – regardless if you’re on a Mac or Windows computer.

What app? Reflector 3. Hundreds of thousands of people worldwide use Reflector to mirror and record iOS devices. You can buy it or try it for free here.

Here’s how to mirror your iPhone or iPad running iOS 12 to any Mac or Windows computer:

Step One

Download and install Reflector onto your Mac or Windows computer. Then check that your iOS 12 device and your computer are connected to the same wifi network.

Step Two

Open Reflector on your computer from your applications folder.

Reflector Running on a MacBook

Step Three

Unlock your iOS 12 device, open Control Center and tap Screen Mirroring.

Note: Users of iPhone X or later need to swipe down from the top of the screen to access Control Center. If you’re using an iPhone 8 or older, swipe up from the bottom of the screen.

iPhone XS Max Control Center

Step Four

Select your computer from the list of AirPlay-enabled receivers.

iPhone XS Max Screen Mirroring

Step Five

That’s it! Now your iPhone or iPad screen will wirelessly appear on your computer. Anything you do on your mobile device will reflect on your computer’s display in real time, including audio.

iPhone Mirroring to Computer with Reflector


Want to mirror more than just iPhones and iPads?

Great! With Reflector, you can. Mirror Android and Chromebook devices one at a time, side-by-side or simultaneously with any iOS device.

Pro tip:

You can also record your mobile device screen with Reflector. Just click the red button in the top right corner of your connected device to begin recording your session.

Reflector Recording iPhone Screen

Get Reflector today
to mirror all your iOS 12 devices!

Related Reading

Have an iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch running iOS 11 or iOS 10? Check these out:

How To Screen Mirror iOS 11 iPads and iPhones to Any Computer

How To Wirelessly Mirror iPhones and iPads Running iOS 10



August 1, 2017

How to Live Stream Android, iPhone and iPad Games to Twitch with Gameshow and Reflector

Did you know that 800,000 mobile games are available on the App Store? That equates to over a third of the 2.2 million apps offered to iOS users. Did you also know that 75% of revenue generated from the App Store comes from mobile gaming?

That got us thinking: If that many games are housed on the App Store and they generate that much revenue, what technology are people using to show off their skills?

Social video platform services such as Twitch offer gamers an opportunity to turn their recreational hobby into interactive gaming experiences that others can enjoy. Programs such as Gameshow, XSplit and Open Broadcasting Software (OBS) offer a way for enthusiasts to stream gameplay and connect with friends and fans over a shared love of games. 

We decided to put Gameshow to the test (we’ve already tried out OBS) to see how it works with our Reflector screen-mirroring solution. Pairing Reflector with Gameshow eliminates the need for a lightning or USB cable to connect your device to your computer.

1. Create Twitch Account

To start your streaming experience, you need to sign up for the streaming service, Twitch. On the top right of the Twitch website, select “Sign Up” to create your account. Don’t worry, it’s free!

2. Download and Install Gameshow 

Now that you have a Twitch account, you will need to download and install Gameshow (also free) to share your gaming with the world. This software is compatible with Windows 7 SP1 64-bit, Windows 8.1 64-bit, Windows 10 64-bit, MacOS X El Capitan and MacOS Sierra.

3. Stream Mobile Games to Twitch

  1. To start, open Reflector 3 to wirelessly mirror your device screen to your computer instead of using a cable. Connect your mobile device to Reflector using its native AirPlay or Cast technology. We recommend mirroring your device screen to Reflector first.
  2. Open Gameshow from your computer Applications.
  3. Gameshow may prompt you to “Register” to be informed about new features and updates. Select “Skip” or “Register.”3.3.png
  4. Click “Start Streaming.”3.4.png
  5. Choose a template for your stream. You can choose one that is already formatted for the game you are streaming, or you can make your own.
  6. In this example we chose to use the “Game” template. Yours may differ.3.5.png
  7. Click “Next”
  8. Next is configuring your document
    1. Stream To: Twitch
    2. Game Title: Enter and select the game you want to stream
    3. Encoder (we are using x264)
    4. Encoder Settings (we are using Twitch: 720p30 x264 1250 kbps)
    5. Twitch Server 3.8.png
  9. Click “Next”
  10. Continue configuring your document
    1. Game Source Type: Computer 
    2. Game Process: Select Reflector 3
    3. Window: Your device name and type should automatically appear (if your device is connected to Reflector 3) 3.10.png
  11. Click “Next”
  12. The Gameshow window will appear on your screen
  13. The document that you just configured will appear under “Master Layer 1” in the template you selected3.12.png
  14. Click on your document so it appears in your preview in the Gameshow window3.14.png
  15. Click “Output” in the menu bar and select “Output Settings” 3.15.png
  16. Select your stream settings
    1. Destination: Twitch
    2. Authenticate Twitch account
    3. Ingest Server (same as what you selected when configuring document)
    4. Encoder (same as what you selected when configuring document)
    5. Encoding (same as what you selected when configuring document)
    6. Optional: Record Settings 3.16.png
  17. Click “OK”
  18. Click “Output” in the menu bar, hover over “Start/Stop Broadcasting” and select “Start Twitch: [stream key]” 3.18.png
  19. Click “Output” again, hover over “Twitch” and select “Active Broadcast.” This will open up your Twitch account in your preferred browser. 3.19.png
  20. Click “Go” below your preview window in Gameshow


21.  What you see in the Gameshow window should be the same image that appears in your “Video Preview” on your Twitch dashboard page and on your channel homepage. There may be a slight delay of up to 30 seconds.3.21.png

Note: It may take a few minutes to connect depending on your network conditions. Additionally, you may need to refresh the Twitch website if the stream does not appear immediately.

Now you’re ready to share your gaming skills with your Twitch audience. Get the Reflector screen-mirroring software to begin live streaming your iOS or Android devices to Twitch. 

Related reading
How to Live Stream Android, iPhone and iPad Games to Twitch Using Reflector and OBS

November 23, 2016

Reflector Director 2.2 is available

Reflector Director 2.2 is available now.

Along with new iPhone 7 and iPhone SE frames, Reflector Director received a number of bug fixes and improvements to stability. Because of this, Reflector Director now requires iOS 8 or later.

Reflector Director 2.2 can be downloaded on the App Store today.

April 6, 2016

How to turn your iPad or iPhone into a Remote Desktop

APR Remote Desktop

If you ever wished you could turn your iPad or iPhone into a remote desktop for your computer, then we’re about to make your day.

Our new AirParrot Remote iOS app makes it possible to view your computer’s display and control its mouse and keyboard from your iPad or iPhone. Similar remote desktop solutions are expensive, but AirParrot Remote costs just $6.99 in the App Store.

AirParrot Remote lets you manage and edit all of your computer’s documents and applications from your mobile phone or tablet. You don’t even have to be in the same room as your computer. Just make sure you’re connected to the same Wi-Fi.

The AirParrot Remote “remote desktop” feature is ideal for use at work or at home.

At work

If you don’t feel like taking your computer to that next meeting, leave it at your desk. You can access your computer and all of its files from your iPad.

Pro Tip: If your conference room has an Apple TV, Chromecast or Reflector-enabled display, you can use AirParrot Remote to connect your computer (which is still sitting at your desk) to one of those devices for the entire room to see. It’s convenient, and everyone in the room will think you’re some sort of crazy tech genius or computer hacker.  

At home

The same concept applies at home. You can use your iPhone or iPad to edit a document or view a file that’s on your computer from anywhere in the house. This will come in handy when you’re in bed and realize you need your computer. Rather than getting up and going downstairs, simply open AirParrot Remote on your tablet or phone to access your Mac or PC.  

What you need

  1. AirParrot Remote running on your iPad or iPhone
  2. AirParrot 2 ($12.99) running on your Mac or PC

How it works

Open AirParrot 2 on your computer and wirelessly connect your iPad or iPhone to it via the AirParrot Remote connection menu. Tap the “Display 1” option in the AirParrot Remote menu. Then tap on the screen preview window in the top right corner of the AirParrot Remote app. This will show you whatever is on your computer screen. Lastly, turn on the mouse and keyboard control options in AirParrot Remote by tapping the corresponding images at the bottom of the screen preview. You will now be able to control the computer’s mouse and keyboard from your mobile device.

Learn more about the AirParrot Remote iOS app and AirParrot 2 desktop mirroring/streaming app. You can grab AirParrot 2 on our website and AirParrot Remote from the Apple App Store.

April 4, 2016

Throw A Party with AirParrot Remote

AirParrot Remote Have A Party

Music is one of the few things that can make or break an event. Nobody wants to hear smooth jazz at a tailgate, pop music at a rodeo or heavy metal at Margaritaville.

Selecting bad music is frowned upon, but it’s not the worst thing you could do. The one surefire way to get your party-planning privileges revoked is to provide no music at all. Yikes.

We’d also like to take this moment to remind everyone that computer speakers are not party speakers. We’re sure that’s a rule somewhere in the unofficial party planner’s handbook.

Many people have great music on their computer, but they have no way to play it for a roomful of people. We can help with that. Our new AirParrot Remote + AirParrot 2 combo will help you and your guests curate a playlist full of songs that everyone wants to hear.

The AirParrot Remote iOS app ($6.99) is the companion AirParrot 2 ($12.99) users have been waiting for. AirParrot Remote gives you the ability to create media playlists in AirParrot 2 for the first time ever. It’s a feature many of you have been asking for, and we’re happy to add it.

AirParrot Remote is an app for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. Users can open the app on their mobile device, wirelessly tap into the media files on their computer and add those files to a playlist to begin streaming to AirPlay-enabled speakers in the home or office! If you don’t have AirPlay-enabled speakers, you can still stream the audio files to Apple TV or Chromecast for a fuller sound than computer speakers will provide.

Previously, AirParrot 2 users could only stream one audio file at a time. So they would continuously have to return to the computer to stream each new song to the external speakers. It was actually a really huge inconvenience. Now you can stream as many songs in a row as you want and control everything from your mobile device.

How it works

  1. Open AirParrot 2 on the laptop
  2. Open AirParrot Remote on your iOS device and wirelessly connect to your computer in the list of available devices
  3. Select “Media” in the “From” list of the AirParrot Remote menu and then select your desired audio file
  4. Select your AirPlay speakers or another destination in the “To” list of the AirParrot Remote menu to begin streaming that file
  5. You may then continue to select audio files to add to your playlist

That’s it! Creating a playlist with AirParrot Remote is that simple. Make good music choices, and have fun using your new party tool!

Learn more about the AirParrot 2 desktop mirroring/streaming app and the AirParrot Remote iOS app. You can grab AirParrot 2 from our website (or a free trial) and AirParrot Remote from the Apple App Store.

About Us

Squirrels is a software development company based in North Canton, Ohio. We create high-quality, budget-friendly screen mirroring and device management software that’s compatible with today’s most popular devices. To date, our software can be found in hundreds of thousands of classrooms, businesses and homes. Follow our blog for all the latest product updates, Squirrels news and technology insight!