iPhone screen sharing on Mac

How to show your iOS screen on your Mac

Show your iPhone's screen live on macOS

Did you know that there’s a built-in system on Apple’s macOS to directly show an attached iOS-device’s screen? You can use the QuickTime app that comes with every Mac to show your iPhone’s current screen. Of course, this is a great way to demonstrate app updates during presentations, just to name one example.

How to set it up

Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to present your iPhone screen in a window on macOS:

  • Connect the iOS-device via cable with your Mac computer.
  • Open the QuickTime-app.
  • A default file picker opens, which you can ignore.
  • Simply go to the top left corner of your Mac and click “File” in the menu bar.
  • In the dropdown, select “New Movie Recording”, which is the first entry in the list.
  • A new window opens, where you click on the little arrow-down icon next to the centrally placed stop-icon.
  • From the dropdown, select your iOS-device as input source.

That’s it! Now simply unlock your iOS-device and you should see a live stream of the device’s screen in a window on your Mac. All steps are also documented in the screenshots below.

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Record iPhone or iPad screen for app previews

Of course, this technique can also be used to generate the screencast for your App Store preview video, if you’re a developer and want to generate that media.