How to Extend (Airplay) Mac Screen to Windows Computer (Free Solution)

Last Updated: January 12, 2018

Here is a simple solution to Apple Airplay Mac screen to a Windows Monitor for free. As you know, dual monitor setup can improve productivity and easy to work by sharing few windows or apps on a secondary monitor. What about casting Mac screen direct to a Windows tablet or Windows Desktop screen without any cables? This trick is very convenient, easy and work over Wi-Fi that let you extend or mirror your Mac Screen to Windows-based PC or Tablet Screen. Obviously, there are a few pre-requirements to work with this airplay mirroring solution. As a side note, this solution will work with most of the Windows operating system including Windows 10.

In this workaround, we will demonstrate how to setup Windows Monitor as a secondary monitor to Airplay Mac Screen without any physical cables.

Step 1. Make Sure Mac Support Airplay

Before you start, please make sure that Windows and Mac system is under same Wi-Fi network. The second requirement is that your Mac OS (whether it is Laptop or Desktop) must have airplay support. Just in case if you want to check or enable Apple Airplay, please go to System Preferences > Displays > Check for Airplay Display at the bottom of the window.

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Step 2. Install Airplay Software on Windows

5KPlayer Airplay

Now open Windows Internet browser and go to the 5KPlayer download link, download and install 5KPlayer for Windows. This is a good DVD player for Windows operating system that supports multiple video formats. This DVD player is coming with a lot of other excellent features including youtube streaming, music player internet radio, etc., and free to download for Windows operating system.

Step 3. Initiate Apple Airplay Mac to Windows PC

Once you download this Airplay App on Windows System, go back to your Mac System and go to Mac Airplay settings. You can set to display Airplay icon on OS X top menu, and this is optional but convenient. Go to System Preferences > Displays > Check-in > Show Mirroring options in the menu bar when available.

Mac AirPlay ConnectYou can see Windows PC name as available for Apple Airplay if you click on Airplay icon on the menu bar or settings. Click on the Windows PC name to start Airplay from Mac to Windows screen.

Step 4. Extend Mac Display to Windows Screen.

You can Airplay MacBook screen in two different modes, mirror mode or extend mode. The airplay mirror mode simply displaying the mirror image of the primary monitor to secondary monitor. In extended mode, you can extend your Mac screen to Windows as a second monitor. Go to AirPlay menu > Use AirPlay Display to > Select Extend Desktop.

AirPlay Mac extend WindowsNow you can click and drag a couple of Apps and browser or website windows to extended Windows screen and start working on it with apple screen mirroring. Please be aware, at any time, you can disconnect AirDisplay by clicking Disconnect AirPlay Display from top menu icon.

Alternative Solution to Airplay MacBook to Windows

This is a free solution to utilize Apple screen mirroring to Airplay MacBook or Apple computer screen to Windows screen. There is an alternative Airplay mirroring solution called LonelyScreen to replace 5KPlayer. This is like an Apple TV running on your desktop for Windows and MAC. You can cast anything from your iPhone or iPad to your computer screen just like an Apple TV. You don’t need to install anything on your iPhone/iPad, just need install LonelyScreen on your Windows or Mac.

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Apple Airplay MacBook to Windows Computer

I work with my Mac Laptop and sometimes, I wish I had a secondary monitor to move a couple of windows to the second monitor. Apple ecosystem is very closed and isolated. Usually, Apple won’t allow you to share the screen with a Windows Operating System. However, if you own an Apple TV (buy from Apple Store), then Apple Operating System like iOS or OS-X let you airplay from these Apple devices to a big TV Screen using Apple TV.

This workaround is coming very handy when you want to work with two screens. Don’t need to spend money on a second screen. When you have a Windows and Mac computer with you, this a free and quick solution to connect Windows screen to Mac without any extra cable complicated setup.

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