I want to mirror the screen of an iOS device to a a Windows PC. I only found solutions which either use a VGA-adapter or AirPlay. Because AirPlay uses WiFi I seek for a more stable and independent solution. I stumbled on iTools but it seems it isn't developed anymore. It used a USB connection for showing the screen.

The only things which would suit my needs are either using a VGA/HDMI-adapter or using iOS 8 with Ad-Hoc WiFi and AirPlay. But then I would adapters for Lightning and Dock-Connector. On the other side it won't work for iOS 7 if I use the AirPlay method.

So is there any software which can mirror the screen via USB onto a Windows PC?

  • USB cable do not have the capability for screen display.
    – Ruskes
    Commented Mar 2, 2015 at 1:05
  • @Buscar웃: For what are the VGA/HDMI-Adapter used then?
    – grabner
    Commented Mar 2, 2015 at 17:56
  • HDMI might look like USB but it is not.
    – Ruskes
    Commented Mar 2, 2015 at 18:29
  • I still don't get what you mean. This is an adapter which should convert to a video signal (VGA, HDMI). Because it's an official adapter there should be a video output.
    – grabner
    Commented Mar 2, 2015 at 18:43
  • That is correct, but what dos that has to do with USB ? your question.
    – Ruskes
    Commented Mar 2, 2015 at 18:57

3 Answers 3


If you are using a Mac you can try Quicktime Player. Start a new video recording, and select the connected iPhone as your video source and audio source.

  • Welcome to Ask Different. Can you please provide more details on how to do this?
    – Behdad
    Commented Dec 24, 2015 at 7:56
  • 2
    Does this also work on Windows?
    – grabner
    Commented Dec 28, 2015 at 14:20
  • 1
    1. open quicktime 2. choose "new movie recording" 3. next to the big red "record button" there's a small downwards arrow, where you can select your iPhone, if it is connected via usb needs a lightning connector on the idevice, and at least yosemite
    – BvG
    Commented Jun 23, 2016 at 20:27
  • 3
    Yeah but that only works on MacOS, not windows Commented Nov 9, 2016 at 10:51

The HDMI or VGA adapter that can be purchased from Apple allows mirroring to an external monitor, projector or other display that allows video IN. Does your PC allow video in via HDMI? (I'm not aware of any that do, most are video OUT) There is a 3rd party application called Duet that allows your iOS device to be used as an external or second monitor via USB but I think that is the opposite of what you are trying to accomplish based on your question. The screenshot shows Duet for Mac but there is a PC version as well.

From the Apple documentation regarding cable:

Use the Lightning to VGA Adapter with your iPad with Retina display, iPad mini, iPhone 5, and iPod touch (5th generation) with Lightning connector. The Lightning to VGA Adapter supports mirroring of what is displayed on your device screen including apps, presentations, websites, slideshows, and more — to your VGA-equipped TV, display, projector or other compatible display in up to 1080p HD. It also outputs video content - movies, TV shows, captured video- to your big screen in up to 1080p HD. Simply attach your Lightning to VGA Adapter to the Lightning connector on your device and then to your TV or projector via a VGA cable (sold separately).

Apple Store Link

Duet dialog

UPDATE: This may or may not be useful, but this article mentions a method that may suit your needs. From the article:

Apowersoft Phone Manager
It is completely compatible with iOS and Android operation system. To learn how to display iPad on computer, get started with the following steps.
Download this tool and connect iPad to computer through USB cable.


You are going to want to look for something like this that can capture the video from another device.


And then just get an adapter based on the type of input you are using. For example, if you decide to use VGA:


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