Here's How To Use Airplay with Windows - Windows Basics


Tuesday, May 28, 2024

Here's How To Use Airplay with Windows

AirPlay isn't just for Apple devices. Windows users can easily engage in fun screen sharing and media streaming from iOS devices to PC. Here's how to use AirPlay on Windows.

How to project screen using AirPlay on Windows

1. X-Mirage

Screen projection using AirPlay on Windows allows you to display your iOS device screen on your PC screen. This is especially useful for presentations, demos, or simply enjoying content on a larger screen.

First, download and install X-Mirage on Windows. X-Mirage offers a 7-day trial with access to all features. Although it is possible to bypass the time limit, it will cost $20. If you plan to use AirPlay on Windows regularly, this is definitely a worthwhile investment.

After installation, the X-Mirage icon will appear in the system tray. Next, make sure both your iOS device and Windows PC are connected to the same Wi-Fi network. This is important for AirPlay to work properly.

On an iOS device, swipe down from the top right corner to open Control Center and tap the Screen Mirroring button. A list of available AirPlay devices appears. Select X-Mirage [your PC name] from the list. It is also possible to customize the AirPlay name from X-Mirage.

The iOS device screen will now be mirrored on the PC screen. Once connected, you can interact with your iPhone or iPad as usual, and all actions will be reflected on your PC screen. The X-Mirage app allows adjustment of reflection quality and other settings.

How to stream music and movies using AirPlay on Windows

Streaming music and movies using AirPlay through X-Mirage is seamless. It allows you to take advantage of your PC's superior audio capabilities or enjoy content on a larger screen while maintaining control over playback.

Note: iTunes used to be the easiest way to transfer music from iOS devices to Windows, but this app is no longer available and no longer supports AirPlay.

As before, make sure X-Mirage is running on a Windows PC and that both devices are on the same Wi-Fi network. Open your favorite music or video app on your iOS device and start playing the content you want to stream. Tap the AirPlay icon (a triangle with concentric circles) in the media app. If you're watching something in your library, the AirPlay option is in the Share menu.

After tapping AirPlay, a list of available AirPlay devices will appear. Select X-Mirage [your PC name]. The audio or video will now be streamed to the PC.

X-Mirage works like an AirPlay receiver, capturing stream media from iOS devices and playing it on PC. You can control playback (play, pause, and skip) from your iOS device or the X-Mirage interface on your PC. To stop streaming, simply select your iOS device as the audio output from the AirPlay menu.

2. Reflector 4

Reflector 4 is another premium AirPlay receiver known for its beautiful interface and powerful features. It allows projecting to multiple devices at the same time, recording the projected screen and streaming to various platforms such as Youtube and Twitch. Reflector 4's content creation and sharing focus makes it a popular choice among educators and streamers.

1. Download and install the Reflector app on your Windows device.Reflector 4 on Windows 11 PC

2. Open the software and ensure your PC and iOS devices are connected to the same network.

3. Open the Control Center on your iOS device, and tap on Screen Mirroring. 

4. Select your Windows PC as an output from the list.

5. Type the code appearing on your Windows PC’s screen onto the iOS device to create a connection.AirPlay connection code to PC

6. An actual iPad will appear on your Windows PC’s screen, which will mirror everything you do on the iPad, including transferring audio and video.Mirroring iPad to Windows PC with Reflector 4 app

3. 5KPlayer
5KPlayer is a versatile media player that functions as an AirPlay receiver. It supports many different video formats and allows you to project your iOS device screen, stream media, and even download videos online. 5KPlayer's comprehensive feature set makes it an attractive alternative to X-Mirage.

1. Download, install 5KPlayer, and run it on your PC.5kPlayer installing on Windows 11

2. Ensure your iOS and PC devices are connected to the same local network.

3. Open the Control Center on your iOS device, and tap on Screen Mirroring.

4. Choose your PC from the list of devices that appears.

5. A new window will appear on your PC in which the iPad’s screen will be mirrored.

4. iTunes

iTunes is well known as the primary media management software for iOS devices, but the secret is it can also act as an AirPlay receiver for your PC.

1. Download and install the app on your PC.

2. Open iTunes and connect your iOS device to your PC.

3. Click the AirPlay icon found at the top-left corner of your screen.

4. Select your Windows PC from the list of outputs and start streaming.

Note: It is worth knowing that for some users, the AirPlay button doesn’t appear in their iTunes app. People have recommended restarting the Bonjour Service from the Task Manager to fix it, but Apple released no official response. If so, please use a third-party app from the list instead.

As you can see, integrating AirPlay into your Windows PC experience is very accessible and easy if you know which apps to use, and we have covered the topic extensively in this article with Five software suggestions above. No matter which software option you choose, you're sure to enjoy seamless mirroring between your PC and iOS device. Enhance your multimedia experience now with these methods!

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