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How to Connect iPhone to TV

We all need to connect our phone to our HDTV every now and then in order to see photos, videos, art, presentations and games on TV. It is something that is relatively simple with an Android device but the iPhone takes a bit more to mirror the display. Of course, this is because Apple takes quality of screen casting and intellectual copyrights seriously.

Here we’ll describe the methods by which you can achieve the objective of iPhone screen mirroring on TV. Enjoy the crisp TV display showing your family and friends what you want them to see instead of everyone passing the phone around to take a look!

The methods described here are applicable to almost all Apple devices commonly used today: iPhone 5 and beyond, 4thgeneration iPad and beyond, 5th generation iPod Touch and any iPad Mini or iPad Air.

HDMI Cable Method

The most hassle-free method to connect an iPhone to an HDTV is to use an HDMI cable connection. You can get up to 1080p output on your HDMI-equipped TV, projector or other display device.

The first thing you need to do is to buy a good quality, long length HDMI cable. You can find it on Amazon or other reputable retailers. Then you need a genuine Lightning Digital AV Adapter for $49. Don’t fall for the lure of cheap knockoffs which claim to do the job, you will just be wasting your money.

The process to connect iPhone to HDTV is simple:

  1. Plug in HDMI cable to TV.
  2. Connect other end of HDMI cable to Lightning Adapter.
  3. Plug lightning cable into iOS device.
  4. Change TV input to HDMI.
  5. Plug a charging cable into the second port of the adapter if you don’t want to worry about running out of battery during screen mirroring.
  6. Play media and watch on TV screen.

Some users report that the official Lightning Digital AV Adapter is not of the build quality we’ve come to expect from a premium brand like Apple. Critics complain about the short lifespan of the device. We suggest that you use the device with a bit of care. Don’t bend the lightning cable and don’t move your phone around too much when using it for screen mirroring with an AV Adapter.

Google Chromecast Method

The second best option for screen casting your iPhone or iOS device to an HDTV or other large screen display device is to use Google Chromecast. It is a device which is cheaper than the Lightning Digital AV Adapter. There is also a fancier version named Chromecast Ultra for 4K UHD streaming.

Google Chromecast supports thousands of apps and more importantly the likes of Netflix, YouTube, Hulu, Showtime, Spotify and many more popular ones, which are perfectly compatible with this device on the iPhone or iOS platform.

Follow this simple process:

  1. Plug Chromecast into HDTV HDMI port.
  2. Use Google Home to connect to wireless Network.
  3. Tap Google Chromecast icon in supported app.
  4. Select Chromecast device from list.
  5. Play media and watch on TV screen.

Apple TV Method

In order to use a wireless method of screen mirroring you need Apple TV 4k or Apple TV HD.  Apple TV HD 32 GB model is for $149.

Here’s how to screencast:

  1. Ensure both iPhone and Apple TV are connected to same Wi-Fi network.
  2. Open control center on your iPhone.
  3. Tap Airplay mirroring icon.
  4. Select Apple TV from list.
  5. Play media and watch on TV screen.

You can also look for the Airplay icon during playback of media and simply tap it to start screencasting without the need for mirroring which could save battery life.

Roku Streaming Method

Another wireless method for connecting iOS device to HDTV or other display device exists, which is a smaller expense on your wallet. Roku streaming player does the same job of screen mirroring as Apple TV.

Here’s the process:

  1. Ensure both iPhone and HDTV are connected to the same Wi-Fi network.
  2. Tap the cast button in a supported app, such as Hulu.
  3. Tap cast icon.
  4. Select Roku device from list.
  5. Play media and watch on TV screen.

DLNA App Method

Any device or adapter, which doesn’t have Digital Rights Management compatibility will not work with iOS devices for screen casting purposes. There are some applications available on iOS App Store, which are DLNA compatible and allow you to mirror different formats of photos and videos on TV.

With a DLNA App you can stream unprotected audio and video files, which means music and videos bought from the App Store won’t work. Though the apps have some features to cast files present on your Mac, PC or laptop different apps have different methods to do this.Tinker around and learn how to maximize the usage of such DLNA Apps.

Wrap Up

These are the recognized and legal methods of screen mirroring of an iOS device to an HDTV, projector or other display device. You can use these methods to project your iOS device screen (iPhone, iPad, iPod, etc.) onto a big screen for home recreation or business purposes.

Let us know your experience of iPhone and iOS screen mirroring to HDTV. Which method works best?

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