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How to mirror iPhone 4S with AirPlay, Apple TV

Wirelessly mirroring your iPhone 4S display is possible using an Apple TV and AirPlay.

During the iOS 5 beta period, we covered how to mirror an iPad 2 with a TV using AirPlay and an Apple TV. With the release of the iPhone 4S, Apple brings the mirroring feature to its newest handset.

To get started, you will need an Apple TV with the latest software and an iPhone 4S, all hooked up to the same Wi-Fi network.

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  1. To mirror your iPhone 4S, you will need to double-click the home button, bringing up the app-switching tray. Swipe from left-to-right two times, revealing a volume slider and the familiar AirPlay icon.
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  3. Tapping on the AirPlay icon will reveal any Apple TV-compatible devices currently connected to the same Wi-Fi network as your iPhone 4S. Select the device to which you would like to mirror your iPhone 4S. Toggle the Mirroring switch to On. 
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  5. Once mirroring is enabled, the status bar on your iPhone will turn blue and have an AirPlay icon located next to the battery meter. This serves as a reminder that everything you are currently doing on your iPhone 4S is being displayed on your TV.
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Mirroring your iPhone 4S to a larger screen can come in handy for giving a presentation, showing off photos, taking a FaceTime call or even simply browsing the Internet. Mirroring works with both portrait and landscape modes.

To turn off mirroring, just repeat the steps above, but this time select iPhone on the AirPlay screen. The blue bar and AirPlay icon in the status bar should then disappear, indicating that you have successfully turned off mirroring.