Apple makes it extremely easy to wirelessly share an iPad screen using the AirPlay mirroring protocol. This guide explains (and shows!) how to mirror an iPad to TVs, digital media players, Mac and Windows computers, projectors and interactive whiteboards using the latest iPad operating system: iPadOS 17
The instructions here were made for the newest iPads running iPadOS 17, but the steps should also work for older iPads running any prior version of iPadOS.
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Screen mirror iPad to AirPlay-enabled TVs
iPads include the AirPlay protocol. Apple developed AirPlay for iPad, iPhone and Mac computers. AirPlay enables these devices to wirelessly share content to AirPlay receivers. The good news is many TVs today come with AirPlay-receiving capabilities.
First, check to see if your TV has AirPlay-receiving capabilities. You may need to enable the setting or switch to a specific TV input. If you don’t have an AirPlay-enabled TV, jump to the section below for more mirroring options.
Step 1 — Connect to network
Connect your iPad and TV to the same wifi network
Step 2 — Open Control Center
Swipe down from the top right corner of the iPad screen.
Step 3 — Tap Screen Mirroring icon
Tap the screen mirroring icon in the control center. It’s the icon with two overlapping rectangles.
Step 4 — Select TV
You’ll see a list of available AirPlay receivers. Select your TV from the list. Allow permissions if prompted.
Your iPad is now mirrored to your TV! Wirelessly share photos, videos, presentations, mobile gameplay and more directly to your TV.
How to screen mirror iPad apps via in-app AirPlay
Certain applications like YouTube, Spotify, Hulu and many others have built-in AirPlay options that allow you to share content directly from the app without ever accessing the iPad Control Center.
For example, when viewing a picture in the iPad Photos app, you’ll notice a box with an upward-facing arrow in the top left corner. Click the box, scroll down and select the AirPlay option. This will present you with a list of available AirPlay receivers on your network. Select an AirPlay receiver to begin mirroring.
The appearance of in-app AirPlay/casting varies from app to app. The YouTube app places a rectangular box with three curved lines in the corner of videos. Tap that box, select “AirPlay and Bluetooth devices” and then select your desired AirPlay receiver.
Once you become familiar with the process, it’s easy to identify the in-app casting/mirroring features.
How to screen mirror iPad to TVs without AirPlay
While most TV manufacturers now support some form of screen mirroring, not all of them support AirPlay. You may find TVs that support Google Cast and Miracast mirroring but lack AirPlay-mirroring functionality. You may even have an older TV without screen mirroring capabilities.
In this case, you’ll need a digital media player connected to your TV. A popular choice for iPad users is the Apple TV. This adds AirPlay mirroring to your TV while keeping your devices in the Apple ecosystem.
Simply connect the Apple TV to your TV via HDMI, connect it to your wifi network and follow the steps above to mirror an iPad. Select your Apple TV from the list of AirPlay receivers on your network in step 4.
Note that there are other digital media players that include AirPlay receiving. Apple TV is one of the more costly options. Pick the one that best fits your budget and needs.
How to screen mirror iPad to Mac and Windows computers
Many people don’t realize that it’s possible to transform Mac and Windows computers into AirPlay receivers. People mirror iPads to computers to:
The Reflector app for Mac and Windows is a wireless AirPlay, Google Cast and Miracast receiver. Download the app on your computer to wirelessly share iPad, iPhone, Chromebook, Android and Windows devices to your Mac and Windows computers.
Step 1 — Download and open Reflector
Step 2 — Connect to network
Make sure the iPad and your computer are connected to the same wifi network.
Step 3 — Open Control Center
Swipe down from the top right corner of the iPad screen to reveal the Control Center.
Step 4 – Select Screen Mirroring
Select the Screen Mirroring option. It’s the icon with two overlapping rectangles.
Step 5 – Select Reflector
Select your Reflector-enabled Mac or Windows computer from the list of available AirPlay receivers.
Step 6 – Begin Mirroring
Approve permissions if prompted.
Your iPad is now sharing wirelessly to your Mac or Windows computer.
Note: Some Mac computers have an AirPlay to Mac feature that allows users to mirror iPad, though this native feature lacks the robust feature set and compatibility offered by Reflector.
How to screen mirror iPad to TVs, projectors, interactive whiteboards and other displays at work or school
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