March 21 , 2016

AirParrot Remote: A Tool For The Living Room

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AirParrot Remote is a couch potato’s dream. It takes being lazy to a whole new level by giving you the full list of AirParrot 2 features and controls on your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch. That’s right. Leave your computer on the desk where it belongs because you don’t need it beside you to mirror your computer or stream songs and videos to your TV anymore.

Screen mirroring and streaming your computer to your big screen TV has always been cool, but was it convenient? It is now.

Without AirParrot Remote
Without AirParrot Remote, lounge time is constantly interrupted. Each time you want to stream or mirror something to your TV, you need to access your computer. So your laptop must be sitting by you on the couch, end stand or pillow. We cringe thinking about the brightness in your peripheral vision.

If the computer isn't beside you, then you have to get up and walk to it.

Ugh. Talk about ruining the vibe.

With AirParrot Remote
Open the AirParrot Remote app on your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch. You will be able to control the AirParrot 2 software running on your computer no matter where the computer is located in the house. AirParrot Remote allows you to control your computer’s mouse and keyboard from your phone. So, not only can you begin mirroring your computer display and select media files to stream, you can also open a document, view it on your TV and begin editing it from your phone or tablet. Crazy, right?

Goodbye, nightmares
Do you know what couch potatoes have nightmares about? Effort. So we used AirParrot Remote as an opportunity to add playlist support to keep things ultra easy.

Previously, AirParrot could only stream one media file from a computer to Apple TV, Chromecast or AirPlay-enabled speakers at a time. Now you can use your mobile device to create large playlists full of songs and movies you’d like to play in order. Minimal effort. Optimal relaxation. You’re welcome.

For all the couch potatoes
We all have our couch potato moments. Things should be easy when you’re in couch potato mode. AirParrot Remote does just that – it makes life easier! It brings control of AirParrot 2 to your phone or tablet so you can begin streaming and mirroring your Mac or PC without ever leaving the couch.

Learn more about AirParrot Remote. You can purchase this iOS app in the Apple App Store ($6.99).

Note: Make sure you have the most recent AirParrot 2 update running on your Mac or PC to ensure compatibility with AirParrot Remote. The latest AirParrot 2 update is free for current AirParrot 2 customers. If you do not already have AirParrot 2, it costs just $12.99 in our online store.

September 11 , 2015

How to Mirror iOS 9 to your Computer

iOS 9 is a big change from what everyone was previously used to. We've got good news, though. The way you mirror your iPads and iPhones to Reflector 2 hasn't changed. Simply make sure you've updated to the latest version of Reflector 2 (at least 2.1.1), and connect away!

If you're not familiar with iOS mirroring, follow the steps below to get connected! The steps are the same for iPads and iPhones using iOS 9!

Step One

After unlocking your device, swipe up to reveal the control center.

iOS 9 Mirroring Step 1

Step Two

Tap the AirPlay icon to reveal the AirPlay list.

iOS 9 Mirroring Step 2

Step Three

Select your computer from the list.

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Step Four - IMPORTANT!

Important! Make sure you toggle the mirroring switch after selecting your device.

iOS 9 Mirroring Step 4

 

That's it!

Your device should appear on your computer screen! iOS 9 mirroring is that easy.

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 10/4/2017 UPDATE: How to screen mirror iOS 11 iPads and iPhones:

 

Having trouble? We're happy to help! Contact our support team for detailed assistance and help with mirroring!

October 30 , 2013

Connecting to an AirPlay Receiver with iOS 7

After upgrading to iOS 7 or purchasing a new iPhone, iPad or iPod, you might notice a few changes. One significant change is the addition of the control center.

Access Control Center for AirPlay

This menu, accessible by swiping up from the bottom of your device, contains essential connectivity options for your device and will allow you to connect to an AirPlay receiver. 

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The AirPlay option will only appear if you’re on a network with available AirPlay receivers. If you’ve already opened Reflector, you should see your computer in the list of available AirPlay receivers. 

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For more information, see our Getting Started Guide

June 4 , 2013

AirParrot and Reflector: Did You Know?

During the month of March, we asked our customers to answer a few questions for us. We received an overwhelming response. Almost 12,000 people responded to let us know what they like, don’t like and want to see.

We received a lot of great ideas, some of which will be included in future updates. At the same time, we realize that not everyone may know what our products are capable of. Just in case you missed them, we put together some of the most requested features that already exist. 

Reflector

  1. Recording - One of the most requested features we saw was the ability to record what’s being mirrored. We’re happy to say that recording has been available on most current operating systems for almost a year. To record on Windows, press alt + R, or right click the mirror window and select record. To record on a Mac, press command + R, or select “Start Recording” from the Device menu. Not every operating system is supported, though. For a list of compatible operating systems, see our support portal
  2. Frames - Sometimes it’s important to show what kind or color device you’re using. Reflector should automatically detect your device (iPad, iPod, iPhone, etc) and show this properly, but If you want to adjust the color you’ll need to select it manually. You can do this on Windows by right clicking the mirror window. On a Mac, simply open the Device menu, and browse to the Frame Skin section. You can even remove the frames if you like!
  3. Always on Top - When presenting, you may find it handy to keep your mirrored device on top of all other windows. On Windows, you can find this setting by right clicking the Reflector icon in the system tray and selecting Preferences. On Mac, this option can be found in the device menu.
  4. Mass Deployment - Reflector can be installed across networks or to all users on a computer. This can be done with an MSI installer on Windows. Including a licensed copy of Reflector is also an option for administrators that distribute system images. More on this topic can be found at our knowledge base
  5. Adjust Window Size  - Adjusting the display size of your device is easy! Simply click a corner and drag the window to your desired size. Voila!

AirParrot

  1. 1080p - If your television and Apple TV support 1080p, so does AirParrot! The latest version of AirParrot will automatically enable the highest quality available for your Apple TV. Currently, only the Apple TV 3 supports 1080p output. 
  2. Mass Deployment - AirParrot can be installed across networks or to all users on a computer. This can be done with an MSI installer on Windows or by installing as an administrator on a Mac. Including a licensed copy of Reflector is also an option for administrators that distribute system images. More on this topic can be found at our knowledge base.
  3. Hide Cursor - Want to display what’s on your screen without your cursor getting in the way? We’ve included a feature to keep others from seeing your mouse. On Windows, right click on the AirParrot icon in your system tray and select preferences. Toggle the “Show Mouse Cursor” option to turn the cursor on and off. On a Mac, click the AirParrot icon in your menubar and select Preferences. The show mouse cursor option can be found here. 
  4. Change Over / Under Scan - If your screen isn’t filling up your entire television, your may need to adjust the overscan setting. This setting allows you to zoom in or out on the video stream making it fill the tv screen. On a PC, this setting can be found by right clicking the AirParrot system tray icon and selecting preferences. This setting can be found on a Mac by clicking the AirParrot menubar icon and opening Preferences. 
  5. Mirror Apps - On a Mac, selecting an application from the “Specific App” list will mirror only the selected app to the Apple TV instead of the entire desktop. You will still be able to use your computer normally, but anyone viewing the mirrored content will only see the selected application. We hope to bring this feature to Windows in the future. 

For those of you who asked us for new features, we’re planning updates to include them. Keep your eyes peeled in the coming months!

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