Screen-mirroring technology allows a phone, tablet or computer screen to wirelessly appear on another device screen. Screen mirroring is frequently used during meetings, presentations and lectures to easily display relevant content to others in the room.
Screen mirroring is not an online meeting, desktop sharing or video conferencing software like GoToMeeting or join.me. Rather, screen-mirroring technology requires devices to be on the same Wifi network and generally in the same room for viewing purposes. Since connections are point-to-point and remain on the local network, screen data never crosses the internet.
Screen mirroring requires a screen-sending technology such as Apple’s AirPlay or Google’s Google Cast and a screen-receiving technology such as Apple TV or Chromecast.
Screen-mirroring connections can be established in a number of ways based on the devices involved. Different devices come equipped with different native screen-mirroring technology, and therefore do not always share the same compatibility. This is an issue for businesses and schools using multiple device types. Third-party screen-mirroring solutions with cross-platform compatibility like Ditto help bridge the gap.
Here’s how screen mirroring differs among popular devices:
Note: iPhone X users need to swipe down from the top of the screen to select Screen Mirroring.
Educators, business professionals and general consumers use screen-mirroring technology for in-class content sharing, collaboration, meetings and home entertainment.
Screen-mirroring technology is used in K-12 and higher education to promote collaboration, display student work and add mobility to instructional delivery. Screen-mirroring solutions that have cross-platform compatibility are ideal for education settings because a wide number of device types are used in schools.
Professionals often need to share presentations or reports, brainstorm and collaborate during meetings using screen-mirroring technology. Similar to schools, companies utilize multiple devices types. They often require a screen-mirroring solution with cross-platform compatibility.
General consumers mirror and stream movies, videos, photos, mobile gameplay, music and more from their devices to TVs with a compatible receiver.