How to Use the New iOS 18 iPhone Mirroring Feature on Mac

In Short
  • Apple rolled out the iOS 18 Beta 2 and macOS Sequoia Beta 2 updates with the much-useful iPhone Mirroring feature.
  • To use iPhone Mirroring, you need a Mac with an Apple silicon chip or a T2 Security chip and an iPhone where you've signed in using the same Apple ID with two-factor authentication enabled.
  • Bring your iPhone near to your Mac, click on the iPhone Mirroring icon from your Mac's Dock, and follow the on-screen instructions.

Apple rolled out the iOS 18 Developer Beta 2 and macOS Sequoia Beta 2 with iPhone Mirroring support. Initially announced with macOS Sequoia Developer Beta 1, the damn interesting and super-useful iPhone Mirroring feature is finally available for use with the second betas. It lets you use your iPhone from your Mac’s display, check out iPhone notifications, use iPhone apps, and do a lot more. Unarguably, it’s one of the best macOS Sequoia features that can make your life easier. In this article, we’ll show you how to get your iPhone screen to appear on your Mac. Without any ado, let’s get started with the iPhone Mirroring feature.

Prerequisites to use iPhone Mirroring Feature

  • First and foremost, iPhone Mirroring requires an iPhone running iOS 18 Beta 2 and a Mac running macOS Sequoia Beta 2.
  • A Mac with an Apple Silicon chip or a T2 Security Chip.
  • Both iPhone and Mac must be signed in with the same Apple ID with two-factor authentication enabled.
  • Both iPhone and Mac should be near each other with Bluetooth and Wi-Fi enabled on both devices for the initial link-up.
  • You can’t use iPhone Mirroring while using AirPlay or Sidecar.
  • iPhone Mirroring works only when your iPhone is locked and not in use.

Once you’re ready with the requirements, let’s move to the next sections and learn how to use iPhone Mirroring on macOS Sequoia.

How to Enable iPhone Mirroring in macOS Sequoia

With the iPhone Mirroring feature in macOS Sequoia, you can fully access your iPhone right on your MacBook’s display, without needing your iPhone to be around. Follow the below steps to use your iPhone on your Mac wirelessly:

  • Once you’ve installed iOS 18 and macOS Sequoia betas, you’ll see an iPhone Mirroring icon in your Mac’s Dock. Open it. If not, open Finder> Applications, and press command + shift + . (period) to unhide apps. Here, you’ll see the iPhone Mirroring app.
  • Click on the Continue button.
  • Now, unlock your iPhone.
  • On your Mac, click on Get Started.
iPhone Mirroring on macOS Sequoia
  • To maintain privacy, iPhone Mirroring is locked by default. When you open iPhone Mirroring on Mac for the first time, you have to authenticate your Touch ID or enter your Mac’s password. For future sessions, you can choose to Ask Every Time or Authenticate Automatically.
Request Access for iPhone Mirroring
  • Once you authenticate, you’ll see your iPhone’s display on your Mac.
Interact with your iPhone on Mac's Display
  • When iPhone Mirroring is in use, your iPhone will show a message saying “iPhone in Use”.
iPhone Mirroring iOS 18
  • Once your iPhone’s display appears on your Mac, you can interact with your iPhone apps right on your Mac, even when your iPhone is in another room.

How to Use iPhone Mirroring in iOS 18 and macOS Sequoia

Once you’ve your iPhone’s content on your Mac’s display, you can click to interact with it, just like you’ll tap your finger on your iPhone. You can use your Mac’s trackpad or mouse to interact with your iPhone and its apps wirelessly. Simply swipe left/right on your Mac’s trackpad to move around your iPhone’s Home Screen. Also, there are dedicated buttons to switch to Home Screen and App Switcher on your iPhone.

Also, the shared clipboard and dragging and dropping files functionality is not available in the iPhone Mirroring feature as of now.

To access your iPhone’s Home Screen, click on the mirrored display, hover the Mac pointer upwards, and click on the “apps” icon. You can also use the “Command + 1” keyboard shortcut. To access the App Switcher on your iPhone, click on the “app switcher” icon from the same top-right corner. You can also use the “Command + 2” keyboard shortcut.

Access App Switcher on iPhone

To use Spotlight search on your iPhone, you can click on the Search button at the bottom of the Home Screen or swipe down using your Mac’s keyboard. Alternatively, you can press “Command + 3” on your Mac’s keyboard.

Use Spotlight Search on iPhone from Mac

It’s worth knowing that iPhone Mirroring doesn’t offer access to the Notification Center, Control Center, or Siri via iPhone.

You can use your Mac’s keyboard to type emails, messages, and other documents on your iPhone. Also, you can keep up with your iPhone notifications right on your Mac.

Use Mac's Keyboard to type on your iPhone

With iPhone Mirroring, you can receive your iPhone notifications on your Mac. They will appear in the Notifications Center with your Mac notifications, but you’ll see a tiny phone icon indicating it’s an iPhone notification. When you click on a notification on your Mac, it will open up right into the app on your ‌iPhone‌. You can easily take action and interact with the notifications.

You can also watch videos with iPhone Mirroring. Bear in mind that you can’t force your iPhone to switch to a landscape orientation. That said, when you open a video app (or other app) that requires landscape viewing, your iPhone Mirroring session will automatically turn into landscape mode. Therefore, I can easily watch YouTube videos in full-screen mode with iPhone Mirroring.

iPhone Mirroring in Landsacpe Mode

How to stop iPhone Mirroring on Mac

To stop mirroring your iPhone to your Mac, click on iPhone Mirroring from the top Menu bar and then click on Quit iPhone Mirroring.

Quit iPhone Mirrorring on Mac

When you unlock your iPhone, iPhone Mirroring stops automatically. Your Mac will display that the iPhone is in use and will advise you to lock your iPhone and click on Try Again to continue mirroring the iPhone display.

How to Use the New iOS 18 iPhone Mirroring Feature on Mac

Once your iPhone is locked, click on Try Again and it will mirror your iPhone on your Mac again.

How to switch iPhone for iPhone Mirroring

If you want, you can use another iPhone signed in with the same Apple ID. On your Mac, open System Settings -> Desktop & Dock and scroll down to the Widgets section. You’ll see a drop-down box for iPhone. You can use it to configure the iPhone you wish to use with iPhone Mirroring.

You can also use another Mac to broadcast your iPhone’s content using iPhone Mirroring. On your iPhone, go to Settings -> General -> AirPlay & Continuity -> iPhone Mirroring and choose a Mac running macOS Sequoia Beta 2 or later.

How to Remove Mac from iPhone’s Mirroring List

Sometimes, your family or friends might want to use your Mac. To safeguard your privacy and make sure no one else can mirror your iPhone on your Mac, you can delete your Mac from the list of devices that are allowed to mirror your iPhone. Here’s how to do it:

  • Open the Settings app on your iPhone and visit the General section.
  • Now, tap on AirPlay & Continuity.
AirPlay & Continuity in iPhone Settings.
  • Next, tap on iPhone Mirroring, swipe left on the Mac’s name you wish to remove, and hit the Delete button.
Remove Mac from iPhone Mirroring List
  • Once you’ve done this, you’ll have to follow the process again to mirror your iPhone to your Mac.

That’s how you can use iPhone Mirroring in macOS Sequoia. The iPhone Mirroring feature works seamlessly in iOS 18 Beta 2 and macOS Sequoia Beta 2. The initial connection is fast and you can maintain a session for as long as you want. Eventually, iPhone Mirroring will also allow you to move your photos, videos, and files between your ‌iPhone‌ and Mac. This functionality isn’t enabled in beta, also it won’t be available when the public macOS Sequoia first launches. Apple plans to add the drag-and-drop feature later this year.

Have you tried iPhone Mirroring on your Mac? Did you like this feature? We’d love to hear from you in the comments below.

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