If you have an Apple TV, you probably have heard of the Airplay feature which allows you to wirelessly mirror the display on your iOS and Mac OS X devices on the Apple TV. You can stream vacation photos, videos, movies and more from your mobile device onto the bigger TV screen for a better view.
But what if you hold an Android device instead? Well, if you have Android KitKat 4.4.2, there is an app that allows you to stream and screencast the display on your Android to an Apple TV: Mirror app.
With the Mirror app, you can take advantage of Cast Screen API available in 4.4.2, to allow mirroring and screencasting from your Android to your Apple TV.
Note: This app is still in beta (as of this writing) and it only works on a rooted Android device.
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Setting Up Mirror
To get it on your device, join the ClockWorkMod community to download the Mirror app here. The link won’t work unless you’re signed in to your ClockWorkMod community account. Make sure that you are using the same email account for both.
Once installed, open Mirror and select OK to install the app on your Android system.
Next, grant Superuser request.
You’re now ready to try this out on your Apple TV.
Streaming to Apple TV
Make sure you have your Apple TV and your Android device connected to the same WiFi network. Once your Apple TV is detected by Mirror (it may take a while), you will see the “Apple TV” option.
Tap on the Apple TV option and you’re done! Now you can display anything from your Android device screen on your Apple TV. Check out this demo to see how Mirror fares in real time.
Other than streaming to Apple TV, you can also screencast with Mirror. Just tap on the “Screencast” option and it will start recording what you see on your screen. You can stop recording and enable/disable touches via the drop-down notification bar.
As it’s still in its beta stage, Mirror does have some limitations. Screencasting isn’t as dependable as you might like. In one of the test runs, we got a blank screen throughout the video.
The developer is working on a version for non-rooted devices as well as ironing out a few other problems, but its low latency and the fact that this is a free app may be good enough reasons to give this a go.