iOS app on the big screen

good things happen when you least expect it

While playing around with the new iOS app today and trying to find a way to record video tutorials for our Help Centre, we discovered a great way to display the iPad screen onto our Mac desktop - and without any additional hardware or software! It's not a perfect solution, as those with ANT+ devices will not be able to use this hack and get their data displayed on screen. Those will Bluetooth devices, however, can. So read on!

This is great news for app subscribers with iPhones and iPads

Now, your tiny device screen can be played in its full splendour on your Mac desktop or laptop. Perfect for those with iPhones and those without AppleTV. All you need is...

  1. A Mac running OS X Yosemite or later.
  2. An iOS device running iOS 8 or later. 
  3. A Lightning cable (the cable that comes with current iOS devices).

Next, follow these steps to display your device's screen to your Mac:

  1. Connect your device to your Mac via the Lightning cable.
  2. Open QuickTime
  3. Select 'File' from the menu bar and then 'New Movie Recording'. Don't worry, you won't be recording anything.
  4. The recording window will appear. Select the little down-facing arrow adjacent to the 'record' button. Click that arrow and select your device.
  5. Voila! You've mirrored your device's screen. 
  6. For the full screen experience, click 'View' from the menu and select 'Enter Full Screen'
  7. For sound, we recommend plugging earphones into the device's jack or pairing a Bluetooth speakers or headphones to your device, as your Mac will not play any sound from the Sufferfest video.

For best results...

Now this is not a supported use of this OSX/Quicktime feature, so it's definitely buggy. Cavete patientis, Sufferer beware, this may not work perfectly. But here's what we learned so far...

  1. Make sure you've downloaded the video by using the 'Make Available Offline' feature. We tried streaming it and it didn't work too well.
  2. Close any open apps on your Mac and iOS device so that sufficient processing resources can be allocated to running this.

N.B.: We haven't been able to test this out for QuickTime on Windows OS. If it works, we'd love to know!

Hope you enjoy this neat hack!


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