Sometimes an iPhone or iPad screen is too small for streaming video or viewing a game. Most TVs now have streaming apps. Sometimes you need to cast your phone to TV.
You’re not out of luck if you don’t have a smart TV or need a website. It’s easy to connect your Apple device to any TV using software or hardware.
To use AirPlay, make sure your streaming device or smart TV is connected to the same home Wi-Fi network as your iPhone or iPad. Open the Control Center on your device and tap AirPlay Mirroring, then select the appropriate destination. Whatever is on your mobile device’s screen will be mirrored onto your TV’s screen.
You can also send individual pictures and videos to your television by selecting the Share icon inside the Photos app. Tap AirPlay from the pop-up menu and choose a destination. AirPlay works with third-party apps to stream media—including music, podcasts, movies, TV shows, and more—from your favorite streaming services to the television.
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Apple’s built-in AirPlay function makes wireless connections easy. It mirrors or casts iPhone or iPad content to an AirPlay 2-compatible smart TV, Apple TV, or select Roku devices (Opens in a new window). Chromecast enables casting from Apple devices but not mirroring.
Go to Settings > General > AirPlay & Handoff on your phone to streamline the process. Automatically AirPlay to TVs. Choosing Ask will prompt you before sending media to the TV. Before connecting to an Apple TV, you can request an AirPlay code.
AirPlay video may stutter in congested Wi-Fi environments. If you have a difficulty, a cable may be better.
With the correct adapter, you can connect your iPhone or iPad to your TV. Apple sells a Lightning Digital AV Adapter for your TV’s HDMI connector and a Lightning to VGA Adapter for VGA-compatible devices.
Amazon sells cheaper third-party Lightning-to-HDMI cables than Apple, but they won’t function if they lack HDCP, which stops thieves from collecting high-def digital video.
You’ll also need an HDMI or VGA cable to connect the converter to the TV’s socket. Buy the cheapest one. Our cable guide should help you choose the proper cable for your TV.
iPhone or iPad Lightning port to adaptor, then adapter to cable. Connect the TV cable. Switch the TV’s input to the cable’s port to display your device’s screen.
The adaptor maxes out at 1080p when playing iTunes or Netflix content, even in 4K. Certain games and services don’t operate with dongles, and anything transferred to the TV will be delayed, making it less optimal for gaming.
The converter doesn’t need power to work, however you may wish to charge your device for extended use. Apple’s approved adapters offer an extra Lightning port for charging while watching media. Third-party adapters may lack this feature.
DLNA, a general form of media streaming, is supported by most internet-enabled TVs. Check DLNA for TV compatibility. MCPlayer HD lets you stream media to a smart TV.
With one of these apps, you can stream unprotected music and video files on your iPhone or iPad. Apps won’t play iTunes media.
DLNA isn’t just for iOS devices. Some apps can look at material on other devices, including your PC, and set up PC-to-TV streaming. TVs, consoles, and PCs can stream. No video conversion or codec installation is required.
If your TV doesn’t appear when using an app, activate DLNA. Look for a PC or home server streaming option in the TV’s internet menu. DLNA
DIY iPhone and iPad TV connections are available. You can get an Android-powered TV stick and install Kodi on it (Opens in a new window). The AirPlay button will play unprotected music and video from your device’s apps, but it won’t allow screen mirroring or protected video streaming (so no Netflix).
If you don’t know how to use Kodi, this strategy can be more bother than it’s worth. Kodi support is slow, flaky, and unreliable. The stick can run any Android app on your TV, which is fantastic, but what’s your time worth? Over $50.