How to stream audio and video from your Mac to your iPhone or iPod Touch

This tutorial could also be called “how to use your iPhone or iPod Touch to control your Mac” – because the featured (open source) software actually allows you to do both. Continue reading to be taken step by step through installing, setting up and accessing iPhone Remote on your Mac.

  1. Download iPhone Remote – just unzip the file and drag it to your Applications folder to install it. Launch it from there.
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  3. The first time you run iPhone Remote, it will prompt you to create a user name and password. As noted in the Choose your Login window, make sure to choose a password carefully, because the account you’re creating will have access to all of the files on your Mac that you do. Click Save to create the account.
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  5. Safari will launch (if it isn’t open already) and load a secure web page. This page is actually on your Mac – Safari is connecting to the iPod Remote, which is accessed as a web server. Click Continue if a certificate window appears.
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  7. Enter the user name and password you created in step 2. Place a check in the box labeled Remember this password in my keychain if you don’t want to enter the info each time you access iPhone Remote via your local computer (which probably won’t be that often).
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  9. And Safari will display the iPhone Remote interface.
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  11. Now for the fun part. On your iPhone or iPod Touch open Safari. Enter the IP address of your Mac running iPhone Remote, followed by :5010 (because iPhone Remote runs on port 5010 by default). Enter your user name and password (again, the one created in step 2).
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  13. And the iPhone Remote screen will be displayed. From here you can launch applications on your Mac, take and view snapshots with your Macs iSight, control iTunes, search using Spotlight etc.
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  15. Below is a screenshot of the Documents folder on my Mac, accessed via my iPod Touch. Clicking the Open button will open the file on your Mac.
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  17. Use the Screen section of iPhone Remote and you’ll be able to view whatever is on the screen on your Mac.
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  19. Clicking (tapping?) a file itself (rather than the Open button) will display that file, when possible, on your iPhone or iPod Touch.
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  21. If you want to be able to stream media – movies, songs/audio – select Preferences… from the iPhone Remote drop-down list on your Mac.
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  23. After you’ve read the caveats of media streaming and fully understand the important security implications – place a check in the box labeled Share media insecurely. Click the Restart Server button. Back on your iPhone or iPod Touch, you may need to reload Safari before streaming audio or video works.
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  25. Once you’ve reconnected to the iPhone Remote server, when you click on a supported audio or video format, it will stream to your iPhone/iPod Touch.
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  27. And on top of all of that, there are more apps for telekinesis (iPhone Remote).
{ 25 comments… add one }
  • penn December 10, 2007, 9:13 am

    Is there application like this for windows.?

  • Simon December 15, 2007, 2:39 pm

    @penn

    I wrote an article about the same application about a month ago and from what I could tell it was barely a fully fledged mac app so I doubt there will be a windows one anytime soon.

    @ross
    Nice work, you’ve gone into a little more detail than I did on my article.

    Simon

  • Zach December 25, 2007, 7:59 pm

    I’m having trouble getting videos to play on my ipod touch. I can launch the videos through telekinesis but they open and play on my mac and not on the ipod….I have the share media insecurely option checked.

    I am wondering what I am doing wrong?

  • @Zach May 18, 2008, 10:48 am

    your videos prob need to be converted to MP4 or something that iPod touch and iPhone can understand… a good mac program prob PC too is ffmpegX

  • Jeff Sharkey July 10, 2008, 4:00 pm

    Will this allow me to listen to “any” streaming audio on the internet with my Touch? There is only limited stations available via special sites for radio on the Touch.

    Thanks, Shark

  • Duy July 21, 2008, 6:11 pm

    Wow this is a great feature! I never knew that I could do this. I am going to look it up right away and test it! Thanks

  • chris August 14, 2008, 12:11 pm

    I use dyndns instead of a static IP, will I be able to get it to work?

  • Caleb January 13, 2009, 11:11 pm

    I store a lot of movies on an external hard drive that is always on and hooked to my computer and I can not access this hard drive with this app. any suggestions ?
    Thanks

  • vyoumans February 26, 2009, 5:27 am

    I am a windows guy, doing php and LAMP and DRUPAL. I was asked about doing streaming audio, as in a live radio station, that would play on an iPod. But here is the rub: we have our own radio content. So, I am looking for a streaming server ( just for audio) and perhaps writing a custom app that plays the stream ont he iphone. I am also thinking of doing this on a gPhone as well. so, perhaps someone can suggest the servers that I would need to use.

  • Dave April 1, 2009, 9:52 pm

    Couldn’t you just put the files you want to stream (or Symbolic links to the files) in the Web Server Documents folder and then just surf to the file via Safari?

  • dan May 7, 2009, 12:06 pm

    i have my main computer downstaires with all my music on it. i have my laptop upstaies connected to my sterio. i was wondering how would i use my iphone remote app to control the laptop upstaires with the music downstaires? if you could e-mail me the answer to dan_petko@hotmail.com that would be great

  • Tom23137 March 21, 2010, 1:07 am

    Thanks this is a wonderful application. I just can’t seem to stream music from my computer to my ipod. This would be SO useful if I could just get it to work. I have tried doing the ‘share media insecurely’ but it doesn’t seem to make a difference. Any ideas>

  • Nyk May 7, 2010, 5:22 am

    If you’re having trouble streaming media onto your iphone- click on the name of the file you want to open, not the open button next to it.

  • RJ July 2, 2010, 2:40 am

    You can use avc streamer (www.avcstreamer.com) to stream any video to an iphone. It can also stream live tv using apple’s http live spec to any iphone. It runs on windows to stream mp4 files, but the live tv streaming is only available on a mac or linux.

  • mac July 23, 2010, 12:28 pm

    como configuro mi modem y firewall para conectarme en un area de red externa

  • Tom July 27, 2010, 12:31 pm

    Can this bring the mac out of sleep (lid open)

  • maarten December 11, 2010, 8:20 am

    When I launch the Remote app after installing, it brings me to an internet page which cannot be openned :S.
    Anyone know why?
    Thanks!

  • kumar January 10, 2011, 4:13 am

    i am new to iphone development,
    i want tutorials for develop streaming in iphone

  • Stven April 27, 2011, 7:17 pm

    Hi please help. Everything has gone fine with the step by step process until the the fun part. When I try and access my mac from my iPhone safari will not load the page. My mac is connected wirelessly to a netgear router?

    Please help

    Thanks
    Steven

  • 2CG December 25, 2011, 5:52 pm

    Does this work for streaming music as I write it, kind of like another headphone jack for my computer?

  • mexx January 7, 2012, 6:08 am

    this is strange, none of the apps you can see in your screenshots are there. safari shows only an empty screen with no apps. also the apps folder of iphone remote is empty. so in the end i cant do anything. can you download the apps separately?
    Thanks!

  • Sam- January 21, 2012, 10:27 am

    I see the same thing mexx mentioned ‘no apps’.

  • Garo January 22, 2012, 7:04 pm

    Seems great! But i only get an empty screen! No apps!
    Please help.

    Thx

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