Sometimes your small phone screen doesn’t turn out to be the best interface to view media or present files. That said, you’ll want an easy way to display your phone’s display on a bigger screen, such as a TV. And you want to do it quickly, as time is crucial, such as in presenting for a group of people. For example, you might need to connect your iPhone to a TV in a meeting room in case you forget your laptop. How do you do that?
Well, with modern technology today, it’s easy. If you follow along with us below, we’ll take you step-by-step to get your iPhone’s content displayed on your TV screen. And this will work with iPad and iPod devices, too! Let’s get started.
YouTube to Chromecast
If you want to connect YouTube from your iPhone to the TV, the best method is to connect via Chromecast. Since Google produces both the Chromecast and YouTube, they will naturally sync with each other. Make sure your Chromecast is set up on your TV — all it takes is to plug it into the HDMI port on the back — then go to your YouTube app — a free download — on your iPhone. You should see a Chromecast symbol at the top right corner. Tap the symbol to cast your YouTube content to your TV.
Chromecast works well, but it isn’t always the best way, especially if you don’t have an Internet connection you can use for the TV. That said, something a little more reliable would be through HDMI — a wired connection between iPhone and your TV. All you need is an Apple Digital AV Adapter — it has to be plugged in the HDMI port of your TV and the other end — the lightning end — to your iPhone.
When the iOS device gets connected, you can swipe through your iPhone to see all the content on the TV screen almost instantly.
Another method to easily connect your iPhone with your TV is by purchasing an Android TV stick, such as the Fire TV stick. Once you plug it into your TV, you can run the Kodi media app on your iPhone with AirPlay-enabled. Play and enjoy unlimited music and videos on a large screen without a hitch. It’s easy to set up, too.
Another way to connect your iPhone to the TV is through a piece of hardware called Apple TV. It’s able to display content on your TV, wirelessly, through the use of AirPlay mirroring. You can easily stream videos, photos, and even some games. You need Apple TV, an iPhone 4 or higher. Your Apple TV will need to be 2010 or newer, as well.
- Turn on AirPlay on your TV
- Connect your iPhone and TV to the same internet connection.
- Next, turn on AirPlay from the control settings of your iPhone.
- Next, your iPhone screen will immediately appear on the TV. The iPhone itself can be used as the controller or remote.
- Finally, play and watch any media that you want.
If you have a Smart TV, you can easily display the content on your iPhone on your TV. There are a handful of free and paid apps on the AppStore that will help you display that content. For one, there is a paid app called ArkMC UPnP. Your iPhone can be connected with your Smart TV wirelessly, just using this app. All you need to do is connect both devices — the Smart TV and iPhone — over the same Wi-Fi connection.
- TV’s internet connection.
- Run the ArkMC app on iPhone.
- Choose the media renderer screen in Options.
- Select the media to be played.
If you own a TV that does not support an HDMI, then a composite AV cable can be used to set up an analog network between TV and iPhone. You will have to connect the lightning port to an iPhone with an adapter, and then the yellow-colored cable with the analog video port of the TV. After the connection, everything you view on the iPhone will be displayed on the TV screen.
As you can see, there are several different ways to connect your iPhone, iPad, and iPod to a TV. Any one of these ways can be set up within just a couple of minutes — it’s mostly just a matter of choosing which one you think is going to work best for your situation. For example, if you have spotty Internet or no wireless internet available, HDMI is probably the most reliable way to make connecting to a TV happen.
What way are you using to display your iOS device’s content on a TV? Let us know in the comments section below.