If you’ve got an old Mac that isn’t compatible with AirPlay but want to reap the benefits of mirroring your display to your TV, don’t throw your Mac away just yet – take a look at AirParrot 2. This bit of software enables you to mirror your Mac’s display to your TV via devices such as Apple TV – or if you prefer to use something more cost-effective – the Google Chromecast device. It also streams audio directly from your Mac to your TV or speakers with wireless capabilities around your house. Perfect if you’re entertaining guests! AirParrot 2 also enables simultaneous mirroring to multiple devices, which means that you can stream a video or some music to multiple screens around your house. Let’s take a look at how you can get started.
1 Download AirParrot 2
Head to www.airsquirrels.com/airparrot and purchase a license (£9.99/$14.99) for AirParrot 2. Once downloaded, install it. AirParrot can be found in your Applications folder.
2 Install display drivers
When launching for the first time, you may be asked to install a display driver: this will help AirParrot 2 run correctly. Click on Install Display Driver. You’ll then need to reboot your Mac.
3 Choose your mirror
Getting started with streaming is easy. Click on a display you want to stream from (more than one display shows if you’ve got multiple displays connected to your Mac).
4 Which display?
If you’ve got multiple displays connected to stream from and you’re not sure which display is which, hover your mouse over the display in the list and it will be outlined in green.
5 Choose your destination
Next, you need to choose where you want to stream your display to. Under the To heading, click on the device that you wish to stream to, ie Apple TV or Chromecast.
6 Stream your browser
If you want to only the stream the contents of one app such as Netflix or Spotify via an internet browser to your TV, click on Applications and select the app from the pop-out menu.
7 Choose your tab
If you want to stream from an internet browser and have multiple windows or tabs open in that app, you can select which window or tab you want to stream wirelessly to your TV.
8 Stream your audio
Alternatively, if you’ve got guests, you can easily stream music from your Mac to your TV to keep them entertained. Click Audio Only and choose which audio channel is to be mirrored.
9 Stream only media
Lastly, you can choose to stream a media file, such as a movie, to your TV. Select Media and click Open to find the file that you want to launch and stream to your TV.