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.

September 13 , 2016

Reflector for Android 2.2 is Available

Reflector for Android version 2.2 is now available on the Google Play Store. This update adds iOS 10 compatibility and allows iOS 10 mirroring to your Android device.

You can download the update by visiting the Google Play Store on your Android device.

This update also applies to Amazon Fire TV. Fire TV users should expect the update to be available soon.

Note: Reflector for Android turns your Android device into an iOS receiver. It allows you to wirelessly display your iPad or iPhone screen on your Android device. Interested? Learn more about Reflector 2 for Android.

August 17 , 2016

Back-To-School Tech List: Grab The $15 EdTech Tool Used In More Than 100,000 Classrooms

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If you are an educator looking for a cost-effective way to make mobile devices a more valuable part of the student learning experience, you’ve come to the right place.

You know how kids go shopping with their parents to pick up supplies before the school year begins? Teachers shop for supplies, too. Except, due to limited funding, they often end up spending their own money to purchase EdTech tools that improve the lives of our children. Oh, and these tools usually cost a lot more than notebooks, pencils and lunch boxes.

But not every popular EdTech tool breaks the bank.

Reflector 2 is $15 software created by Squirrels LLC that runs on the teacher’s computer and allows students to wirelessly display their iPads, iPhones, Chromebooks and Android devices onto the teacher’s computer screen.

A one-time cost of $15 per classroom makes it a modern-day unicorn… a rare budget-friendly classroom tool in an education market filled with price tags that frequently reach hundreds and thousands of dollars.

Yeah, we know what you’re thinking. “Of course you think Reflector is the best thing since sliced bread. You are the company that made it, after all.”

While we’re obviously a little biased, we’re not alone! We hear from teachers every day who tell us how much they love Reflector and appreciate what it has done to increase collaboration and sharing in their classroom.

Educators On Reflector 2
Here are a few of the sentiments educators have shared with us via our Reflector Twitter account.

Reflector 2 is perfect for any classroom with mobile devices. Educators in 1:1, BYOD and flipped/blended learning environments use it to wirelessly share both teacher and student device screens. Most teachers open Reflector on their computer, then connect their computer to a projector so the entire class can see what is happening on any mobile device that is wirelessly connected to Reflector.

Better yet, Reflector allows multiple mobile devices to connect to the teacher’s computer simultaneously. A mix of student and teacher iOS, Android, Chromebook and Surface Pro* devices can all be mirrored to Reflector at the same time.

AND EVEN BETTER YET… Every Reflector session can be recorded. That’s right. Teachers can record connected student mobile device screens directly from their computer. This is ideal when a student is giving a presentation from a mobile device, or when a teacher would like to pre-record a lesson ahead of time to play for the class later.

Tech Tips For Teachers
Reflector 2 was recently featured in a Tech Tips For Teachers article. Author Becky Shiring said that Reflector is a tool she desperately wishes she discovered while she was still in the classroom. The following is an excerpt from the article:

“While in the classroom, when I found an app I wanted my students to be aware of, I can remember painfully trying to walk students through finding the app in the app store, downloading it, opening it, signing in and then using it, all while circulating the room demonstrating from my tiny cell phone screen. It was exhausting. Not to mention that some students used Android and others iOS. This frustration could have been eased with Reflector 2.”  

If you would like to learn more about Reflector 2, you can watch our “How To” videos including How to Connect to Reflector 2 and How to Record Mirrored Devices on our YouTube channel. Or, you can visit our website to learn more about Reflector in the classroom.

As always, feel free to leave any questions or feedback in the comments section below.

*Microsoft Surface Pros require our sister app, AirParrot 2, to wirelessly connect to the teacher's computer because Surface Pros do not come equipped with a native screen-sharing functionality such as Apple's AirPlay or the Chromebook/Android Cast technology. 

August 8 , 2016

Reflector 2.5.2 for Mac and Windows Adds iOS 10 Support

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The latest Reflector 2 update adds support for iOS 10 and fixes a few minor bugs.

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

Check out the complete release notes below.

Reflector 2.5.2 update notes for Mac:

  • Added initial iOS 10 Support
  • Resolved a potential crash when using the "launch at login" preference
  • Resolved a potential crash that could occur when a large number of Reflector Student instances connected
  • Improved reliability when using Cast connections from Ditto
  • Resolved an issue Casting from Chrome “Canary” dev branch

Reflector 2.5.2 update notes for Windows:

  • Added initial iOS 10 Support
  • Resolved a potential crash that could occur when a large number of Reflector Student instances connected
  • Improved discoverability from iOS and Chrome OS devices
  • Resolved an issue Casting from Chrome “Canary” dev branch
July 13 , 2016

How To Record Pokémon Go Gameplay on iOS and Android Devices

Pokémon Go is dominating the gaming world and Blink 182 just released a number one album.  Let that sink in for a second, then take a moment to reassure yourself that you didn’t time travel back to 1999.

Pokémon Go, a new augmented reality mobile game for iOS and Android, has ignited deep-seeded nostalgia in an entire generation and picked up new fans on its way to becoming the most popular U.S. mobile game…..ever. In fact, Pokémon Go has already added BILLIONS to Nintendo’s market value (up more than 20 percent) and surpassed daily usage numbers for apps such as Facebook, Twitter and Snapchat.

So let’s ask the important question here. How do you record and share Pokémon Go gameplay from your iOS or Android device? Gamers and passive fans alike want to record their battles and catches to share with the world for bragging rights, tutorials and entertainment.

Reflector 2: Wireless mirroring and recording for iOS and Android devices
To record Pokémon Go, download Reflector 2 by Squirrels LLC. Reflector 2 is a $14.99 desktop software that runs on your Mac or PC. It acts as a wireless AirPlay receiver for iOS devices (iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch) and a Cast receiver for Android devices.

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Once you begin mirroring, Reflector gives you the option to record the mobile device screen. Just click the “Record” button at the top left of the mirrored screen on your Mac or PC. The record option will be in the same place for both iOS and Android.

Check out a quick Pokémon Go video made using Reflector 2.

Once you are done recording, click “Stop” and choose where to save the mp4 file on your computer. If you would like, Reflector also allows you to mirror a live stream of your mobile device directly to a global or private YouTube audience so you can share your Pokémon Go gameplay instantly….while you’re playing the game.

Your mobile device and your computer must be connected to the same network in order to use Reflector 2. This is how your iOS/Android device “discovers” the Reflector software running on your computer. While it is true that your mobile device must be in range of your network, this doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy Pokémon Go while walking around out in the world.

Using Reflector with a wireless hotspot
We realize that many Pokémon Go gamers visit local parks, monuments, college campuses and lakes to battle and catch their favorite Pokémon. If you would like to record Pokémon Go…on the go…all you need is a mobile hotspot. Many users  can simply use their "phone" as a hotspot by turning on the device's Personal Hotspot in the settings menu. Or, if you don't want to use your phone's monthly data plan, you can use a small external mobile hotspot.

Wirelessly connect your computer to your phone's hotspot (or if you have an external hotspot device, wirelessly connect both the phone and computer to it). This will allow you to mirror your mobile device to the Reflector software running on your computer, just as you would if you were indoors.

So if you're looking for an easy way to record all of your Pokémon Go action, Reflector 2 is the answer. Oh, and you can listen to that new Blink 182 album while you’re strolling through the park. But when someone asks you what year it is, remember that it’s definitely 2016.

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