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How to mirror an iPhone's screen on PC

An iPhone screen on a PC, demonstrating how to mirror an iPhone's screen on PC
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If you're an iPhone and Windows user, you may be wondering how to mirror an iPhone's screen on PC. Understandably, it's not as seamless as mirroring your iPhone to a Mac, though it's still surprisingly simple once you have everything set up. 

And even better, you don't need one of the best Windows laptops or best iPhones to mirror your screen. As long as your iPhone supports AirPlay, and your computer is running Windows 10 or Windows 11, you're good to go.

One caveat is that, since Windows doesn't natively support screen mirroring for iOS devices, you're going to need to install third-party software to get it working. 

Though Windows has its own Phone Link app, which enables seamless mirroring between Windows and Android devices, it doesn't work with iPhones. This means you're going to need to install a third-party app to get it working. However, there are a bunch of options available — including free ones — so you can mirror your iPhone to your PC with just a few clicks and taps. 

One particularly simple (and not to mention, free) Windows app is LonelyScreen (opens in new tab), which was created by a small team of young developers, according to its website. LonelyScreen can be downloaded as a free trial, though it seems you can simply use it on a trial basis forever without any consequence if you wish. If you want to support the developers, you have the option to purchase a subscription for $14.95 / £12 a year.

So, here's how to mirror an iPhone's screen to PC.

How to mirror an iPhone's screen on PC

Note: these tips will also work for iPads supporting AirPlay.

1. To get LonelyScreen, head to its download page (opens in new tab) to download and install it. After installing the app on your Windows PC, open it and click Maybe Later to try it out. Connect your Windows PC and iPhone or iPad to the same Wi-Fi network.

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2. Now, on your iPhone or iPad, swipe down from the top-right corner to open the Control Center. Next, tap the Screen Mirroring icon.

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3. You should now see LonelyScreen as an available option. Simply tap it to begin mirroring.

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And that's it! You're now mirroring your screen as if you were a Mac user.
A number of paid apps also exist, including  Reflector 4 (opens in new tab) and AirServer (opens in new tab), as well as a several other free apps, a bunch of which can be found on the Microsoft Store (opens in new tab)

If you're just looking to quickly mirror your iPhone to your PC to share a presentation or play a quick game on your living room TV, it may not be worth splashing the cash. However, the paid apps do offer more advanced features, such as the ability to also mirror a Chromebook, Mac, or other devices to your PC.

Now you know how to mirror iPhone screen to PC, check out some of our other iPhone-related guides, including how to transfer photos from iPhone to a Windows computer, how to transfer data from iPhone to iPhone and how to enable weather alerts on iPhone. We also have plenty of computing guides, so make sure you check out our tutorials on how to clone a hard drive, how to upgrade to Windows 11 from Windows 10, how to change the Windows 11 Start menu back to Windows 10 and how to fix an external hard drive that's not showing up

Dale Fox
Freelance Journalist

Dale Fox is a freelance journalist based in the UK. He's been a tech nerd ever since childhood, when he used the money from his first job as a paperboy to buy a subscription to GamesMaster magazine. Dale was previously a presenter and editor in China, where he also worked as a copywriter for OnePlus at its Shenzhen HQ.