View/Record Your iPad Screen on Your Mac

Screenshot 2015-07-24 08.49.11Recently Apple released a public beta of iOS 9. I am involved with various user groups (including this one) that discuss the use of the iPad in the practice of law. Several of the groups I am involved with use WebEx/GoToMeeting for our monthly meetings. After I updated my iPad Mini to iOS 9, I ran into a bit of a problem. I was no longer able to use Reflector or AirServer to Airplay my iPad to my computer screen (for some reason iOS 9 beta will only AirPlay sound to these software receivers). This meant that I was unable to demo some of the new features of iOS 9 beta in meetings earlier this month.

After having problems using Airplay with the Mac and PC applications that work as an AirPlay receiver, I seemed to remember that there was some way to do this natively using a Mac. The problem is that when I tried to search for instructions, I was only finding links to using Reflector and AirServer. Finally after Googling many different search terms, I located instructions for recording my iPad Screen on my Mac. How-To Geek has simple step-by-step instructions for displaying and recording your iPad screen using QuickTime for Mac OS X Yosemite (or above). This will also work with iPhone and iPod Touch.

I highly recommend reading the How-To Geek article, but for those of you that want the quick simple instructions for viewing your iOS device screen on your Mac, here are the steps:

  1. Plug your iPad/iPhone running iOS 8 or higher into your Mac using your lightning USB charging cable (your device must have a lightning connector for this to work).
  2. Open QuickTime Player.
  3. While in the QuickTime Player, choose the “File” menu, then select “New Screen Recording”.New Screen Recording
  4. A window will pop up, there will be red record button with volume controls next to it. Next to the record button is a drop-down menu. Click on the drop-down menu and select your iPad in the camera options.Select iPad for Camera
  5. If you want to record your screen, press the record button and begin to record what you are doing on your iPad (your screen will appear even if you do not record, which is great for sharing your screen in presentations).

This is a nice feature for anyone running iOS 8 or higher on their iOS device who is also running a Mac with OS X Yosemite or higher installed. Although AirServer and Reflector are wonderful products, they rely on WiFi and AirPlay for broadcasting your screen, and if you are trying to demo for a group of people, they can experience problems if the WiFi connection is not reliable.

Steven Butler EsquireThis article was written by Steven Butler. Steven is an attorney at Linarducci & Butler, PA in New Castle, Delaware that limits his practice to Social Security Disability. Steven is also a frequent presenter on using Technology in the Practice of Law.

Introduction to Control Center for the iPad

Control Center for Attorneys

Control Center is a feature on the iPad that allows a user to quickly select some basic settings without having to launch the iOS settings app. It was introduced in iOS 7, but I am often surprised that many attorneys do not know it exists. Control Center is accessed by swiping up from the bottom of your screen on your iPad, and it only takes up a small portion of your screen. I have created a short YouTube Video showing how to use Control Center, and describing all the functions that you can access with it:

In the video, you will learn how to launch Control Center, how to change settings on your device using Control Center, and how to customize when Control Center is used. As an attorney, I often use Control Center while traveling to switch Airplane Mode on and off, while presenting to enable Airplay, AirDrop, and Do Not Disturb, and when listening to Podcast or Audiobooks to quickly pause titles, skip around tracks, or to change the volume. Control Center is a useful tool that allows you to quickly access functions without leaving an application, and has often helped save valuable time.