Apple AirPlay is a fairly useful feature, but most assume that you need to use Apple devices exclusively to use it. But like most things in technology, where there is a will, there is a way. If you want AirPlay from your iPhone or iPad to your Windows 10 PC, here is how to do it.
Products used in this guide
The application: LonelyScreen (from $ 15 / year on LonelyScreen)
How to AirPlay
The first thing you should do is install the LonelyScreen application on your PC.
You can get it from the official website here. Once downloaded, simply install it as you would any other Windows desktop application. It is a paid application with an annual subscription that starts at $ 15 for personal use and $ 30 per year for commercial use. But there is a free trial if you want to try it first.
When you open LonelyScreen, there isn't much to do with it. You will need the LonelyScreen application open for AirPlay anything to your PC. Screen mirroring will be displayed through the application.
- Locate the box on the main screen of the application labeled server name .
- Change the default value to something more memorable and press enter .
From there, you can stream from your iPhone or iPad as you normally would. You can do it from an application and by selecting AirPlay on the shared sheet or by enabling screen mirroring from the Control Center.
Screen mirroring is likely to be displayed with a lower resolution. But if you use the LonelyScreen recording function, your videos will still be nice and crisp. To record your screen mirrors, press the large red circle button in the application.
But there are limitations, and if you are thinking that this is an alternative to using an Apple TV, you will be disappointed.
Who might want to use this
The functionality is quite limited, but it has its applications. One of the most important use cases is in the business environment. LonelyScreen does a solid job of reflecting the screen on your iPhone or iPad and would be an excellent tool for presentations that involve images, slide shows or even Powerpoint or Keynote documents.
It is also quite useful if you want to record your iPhone or iPad screen for the videos you want to edit on your PC. The integrated iOS screen recorder will have marginally better quality. But moving files from your mobile device to your PC is still more complicated than necessary. This is an easy way to reduce that additional step.
However, if I expected to use this with something like a multimedia living room PC, it won't work. For that, you'll still want to get an Apple TV if regular AirPlay content is on your agenda.
What we use
It doesn't matter if you are using an iPhone or an iPad for this, AirPlay works the same from both. What you need is the magic application that makes everything happen.
To use in the workplace, in particular, to make demonstration presentations or display photos and slide shows, LonelyScreen can be quite useful. Similarly, if you are looking for a way to record your iPhone screen without using the built-in iOS tool, you will find a lot of use of it. LonelyScreen also has a free trial version, so you can familiarize yourself with it without separating yourself from cash.
Alternative for home media use
LonelyScreen has its applications in the professional space, but if you are looking to integrate AirPlay into your home media, then this will not be enough. The limitations in the AirPlay system mean that you will never get the same experience as when you use an officially compatible product. Apple TV is an economical way to add AirPlay to your big screen.
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