No matter how big is the screen of your iPhone, it can’t beat the vision offered by a TV. It’s not unreasonable for anyone to wish to connect their phone to a large screen.
Don’t have a smart TV? No worries, you can still watch Netflix and view photos in the old fashioned slideshow or create a social TV like experience by connecting iPhone to your TV. There are several ways to do that. This guide walks you through 3 common methods.
Method 1: Using HDMI Cable
This is the cheapest and easiest method of all. No special TV equipment is required. It works on an iPad and iPhone. However, you need a different adapter depending on the device you are using.
These are the items you will need to connect your iPhone to a smart TV:
- An HDMI cable
- Lightening digital adapter
You will find different types of HDMI cables when you head out to shop. It’s best to do your research at home to narrow down your options. Buy a longer cable because you have to connect the cable to the back of your TV and then to the iPhone. Choose the cable that your iPhone and its operating system are compatible with.
How to Connect the iPhone with HDMI Cable
Follow these steps to view content a big screen:
- Plug the cable in the TV
Take the HDMI cable and connect its end to the HDMI port on your TV. It may be located on the side of your TV or behind it. Look for the HDMI label to be sure you are connecting it to the right port.
- Connect the cable to the adapter
Take the other end of the cable and connect it to the digital AV adapter.
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- Connect the adapter to the iPhone
Connect the digital adapter to your iPhone.
- Turn on the TV
Make sure all three items are connected and everything’s intact. Use the remote control to turn on the TV. Your iPhone’s screen will now be available on your TV. You should be able to hear audio too.
Method 2: Connect to your Smart TV
If you have a smart TV, it might already support an iPhone. Check your TV’s manual to learn about the Airplay feature work.
In case your TV does not support Airplay, you can use specific apps that let you mirror whatever you are seeing on the iPhone on your TV. This is a great way of playing games and streaming content on a big screen.
- A smart TV
- A mirror app
How to Connect the iPhone to your Smart TV
Depending on the brand of your smart TV, chances are there is an app that allows users to stream videos and phones from their iPhone directly. IF not, then you need a mirror app such as Nero streaming player to form a connection. This app allows you to mirror the content from the iPhone to your smart TV.
Follow these steps to get started:
- Download the mirror app in your iPhone
- Use the Wi-Fi connection to connect the iPhone with smart TV
- Choose the content you want to stream on the big screen
Method 3: Using Apple TV or a TV compatible with Airplay
Those who have Apple TV can connect their iPhone to the big screen right away. You can easily stream music, presentations, see videos, share photos on your TV.
The latest smart TVs have Airplay feature built-in. you can easily connect your iPhone with your TV.
These are the two items you will need:
- An Apple TV
- An iPhone
How to Connect the iPhone to the Apple TV
If you have had the chance to stream on Contour TV, this method is just as simple. Follow the steps to get started:
- Connect the iPhone to Apple TV
Use your Wi-Fi network to connect your iPhone with Apple TV.
- Go to the Control Center
Swipe down to find the control center. From there tap on “Screen mirroring” and then “Apple TV” or “Airplay-compatible TV.” Enter the name of your iDevice.
- Choose the Orientation
Pick from vertical or horizontal orientation depending on your preferences.
- Enjoy the Big Screen View
The TV will automatically display from your iPhone on the TV. You can now swipe photos, view presentations, stream shows, or play games on a big screen.
For a better view, turn your iPhone sideways. The videos or content on the TV’s screen will automatically adjust. The apps that work horizontally will not change sideways because they are not programmed to operate that way.
With this technique, you can also watch channels provided by Cox TV Starter pack from your iPhone on TV (in case you don’t have a smart TV).