Guide to Use iPhone Mirroring in iOS 18 and macOS Sequoia

In the recently held WWDC 2024, Apple announced a plethora of new features for various operating systems. One of them is the iPhone screen mirroring feature for iOS.

Using this feature, you can mirror your iPhone screen and control it using your Mac keyboard and mouse. It works wirelessly and securely as your iPhone stays locked when you control it from your Mac. It makes things extremely simple for macOS users who want to control their phones.

It was announced in the keynote that the feature will come with iOS 18 and macOS Sequoia. Although the first developer beta of both didn’t have this, the second developer beta released on June 24th got it.

The prerequisites to mirror and control your iPhone screen from your Mac are a compatible iPhone running iOS 18 developer beta 2 and macOS Sequoia developer beta 2. After this, you have to sign into both devices with the same Apple ID and enable two-factor authentication.

About iPhone Screen Mirroring on Mac

It’s currently a part of the second developer Beta, so don’t expect much from the overall stability of the feature. If you want to reply to a notification from your laptop, or if you want to use an app that doesn’t run on the Mac natively, you can directly use your phone from your laptop now. It’s a handy feature that was executed well.

For Apple Silicon laptops, the promise was that they could also run iOS apps well since they use the same chip architecture as iPhones (ARM). However, this is a much simpler and faster solution.

All iPhone apps will directly run on the emulated version of your iPhone on your Mac. You just have to use a mouse and keyboard instead of the regular touch input. Apple will add this feature to Pro iPad models in the future, which would be a game-changer.

Apple’s suite of Continuity features is ever-growing, and this joins Universal Control as one of Apple’s best-implemented ecosystem features yet.

You might not receive this feature if you live in the EU. Since there are some pending acts regarding device interoperability in the EU, this might breach their terms. Until this is sorted, we don’t expect Apple to roll this out in the EU regions.

Note:

  1. You have to place both devices close to each other.
  2. Turn Bluetooth and Wi-Fi on for both devices.
  3. Once you complete the first setup process, you can directly connect a USB Type C Cable (iPhone 15 and up), and you don’t have to use WiFi & Bluetooth. We do not yet have an idea of whether it works via a lightning port.
  4. You cannot use Apple’s AirPlay or Sidecar features actively while the iPhone mirroring feature is on.

Enable iPhone Mirroring on iOS 18

  • Ensure that your devices have active macOS Sequoia Beta and iOS 18 Developer Beta 2.
  • Bring your iPhone near your Mac.
  • You’ll find an icon on your macOS Dock that says “iPhone Mirroring.”
  • Tap on this icon. It’ll appear in the same place that your typical Continuity features appear.

macOS Dock

  • Tap on the Continue option.
  • Now, unlock your iPhone.

unlock your iPhone

  • Click on the Get Started button on your Mac.
  • You have to lock your iPhone if you want to mirror it on your Mac. So, lock the phone and open the iPhone Mirroring on your Mac.

Get Started

  • You’ll have to confirm whether you want authentication every time or only for the first time. If you pick Ask Every Time, it’ll ask you for authentication every single time you connect your Mac.
  • Regardless, authentication is mandatory for first-time use. Authenticate it with your Mac, and you’ll now see your phone’s display mirrored on your Mac.

While the mirroring feature is in use, you cannot use your iPhone until you deactivate mirroring. No one else can access it either. It’ll display a message stating that the mirroring feature is currently in use. It’ll also tell you which Mac it’s connected to.

If you unlock your phone while mirroring is on, the phone will work normally, but it’ll ask you to lock your device if you want to use it on the Mac. If you want to continue mirroring, you’ll have to lock the phone again. Also, note that you cannot use your normal swipe gestures since there’s no touch screen. You can hover your mouse upwards for a navigation bar.

Yahya Hasan is a tech writer at DealNTech covering the latest mobile news and guides. He enjoys testing new devices and operating systems to deliver insightful content to readers. As a writer for DealNTech, Yahya focuses on mobile technology, staying up-to-date on the newest devices and software releases. Email: [email protected]. Follow him on Instagram

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