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.

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

 

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.

June 2, 2016

Reflector 2.5.1 for Mac and Windows Is Now Available

Reflector 2.5.1 for Mac and Windows is now available. The update brings better compatibility with our latest product, Ditto.

What is Ditto?

Ditto is a simple yet powerful screen-mirroring service for any meeting space or conference room. It’s designed to be as intuitive and user-friendly as possible. Ditto is a cloud-based screen-sharing service that allows an unlimited number of employees and visitors to securely share any computer screen to Apple TV or Chromecast without installing new software or plugging in cables.

No cords or wires. No tedious license management. No software installations. Ditto makes screen sharing easy. Really easy. Try it today!

Ditto - Easy Meetings

April 19, 2016

Optimize Reflector 2 for the Classroom

We’re proud to say that Reflector 2 is now in more than 100,000 classrooms across the world! Educators use it as an affordable way to quickly, conveniently and wirelessly display mobile devices to larger screens in the classroom.

What often gets overlooked is that there are certain Reflector 2 settings educators can take advantage of to make it ideal for the classroom. The following is a list of settings that will optimize our Reflector 2 screen-mirroring technology for use in any classroom environment.

Broadcast Name
Since Reflector 2 runs on the teacher’s Mac or Windows computer, the teacher should change the Reflector 2 Broadcast Name to his or her name. This will allow the students to easily identify the appropriate computer to connect their mobile devices.

Example: Instead of naming the computer “Computer 1314" or using the teacher’s first name, use something more specific like “Mrs. Smith’s Computer."

Click the Reflector 2 icon near your computer’s clock and then click on the gear wheel in the bottom right corner to access Reflector 2 preferences. After that, click “General.” From there, you can edit your computer’s Broadcast Name.

Reflector 2 Classroom Optimization

Show Client Name
We recommend you set the “Show Client Name” option to “Always.” When a student or teacher connects a mobile device (such as an iPad, iPhone, Android device, Chromebook or Surface Pro) to Reflector 2, the device name will appear and stay on the computer screen. This will show the teacher which students are connected and displaying content to Reflector 2.

Go to Preferences> General > Show Client Name > Always

Connection preferences
We recommend that teachers change the connection preference to “Connect and Hide.” When this preference is turned on, a device will not be automatically shown on the screen when it connects to Reflector 2. The teacher can choose to show or hide each device from the Reflector 2 control panel. Turning “Connect and Hide” on prevents students and other teachers from interrupting class by displaying their device on the big screen when it isn't meant to be displayed.

Go to Preferences > Connection > On Connection > Connect and Hide Device

Enable AirPlay and Cast Connections
We recommended that teachers enable both AirPlay and Google Cast device connections in Reflector 2. Enabling AirPlay connections allows students with iPads, iPhones and iPod Touch devices to connect to Reflector 2. Enabling Google Cast connections allows students using Chromebooks and most Android devices to connect.

Students using Surface Pros must download AirParrot 2 onto their Surface tablet since Surface Pros do not have AirPlay or Cast technology built in. AirParrot 2 adds AirPlay and Cast technology to Surface Pros to enable wireless streaming and mirroring to Reflector 2, Apple TV or Chromecast.

Go to Preferences > Advanced > AirPlay/Google Cast > Enabled

Set Reflector to “Always on top”
This setting will automatically place your mirrored devices on top of all other open windows and applications.

Go to Preferences > General > Click “Always on top”

Director and Student - “Allow to discover this device” 
Reflector Director ($6.99) and Reflector Student (free) are our Reflector 2 companion apps.

  • Reflector Director is an app that turns a teacher’s iPad or iPhone into a remote for Reflector 2. Teachers can access the Reflector 2 controls from their mobile device. This allows them to walk around the room while remaining in control of Reflector 2 rather than being anchored at the computer.
  • Reflector Student is an app for student iPads and iPhones. It shows students the same Reflector 2 display that the teacher sees on the computer. It also provides connectivity alternatives for schools with restrictive networks.

There are two steps for this one:

  1. Go to Preferences > Director > “Allow to discover”
  2. Go to Preferences > Student > “Allow to discover”
April 15, 2016

Reflector 2.5 for Mac and Windows Is Now Available

Reflector 2.5 for Mac and Windows is now available. The update brings 13 new languages to Reflector 2, including Spanish, French, Japanese, German, Dutch, Korean, Chinese (Cantonese and Mandarin), Hungarian, Czech, Polish, Italian and Danish.

Users that have their language set to one of these languages in OS X or Windows will see the user interface in that language.

This update also adds complete screen-mirroring support for the iPad Pro 9.7” screen and the iPhone SE (frames included) and fixes black screen issues when mirroring.

If you do not have the Reflector 2 desktop screen-mirroring app, you can download it in your preferred language at http://www.airsquirrels.com/reflector/select-language/.

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