If you like to watch movies, play games, or surf the web on your iOS device, we have some good news for you. You can do all these on a TV, computer screen, or projector through iPhone screen mirroring. There are 2 main ways to connect your IOS device to another mirroring device: via a cable or via an app. We’re going to cover all you need to know about both of them in this article, from what you need to how to use them.
You can easily mirror an iPhone or iPad to another device with a digital AV adaptor and an HDMI cable. The first one costs around $50 at an Apple store and comes with a lightning connector, a lightning port, and an HDMI cable. If you already have the first 2, you’ll be able to find an HDMI cable for about $5 at other stores or online.
Now, here’s how to mirror an iPhone to a TV, computer, or projector with these cables:
- First, connect the first end of the HDMI cable to the AV adaptor’s port.
- Then, plug the second end of the HDMI adaptor to the back of your TV, PC monitor, or projector.
- Finally, connect the AV adaptor to the lightning port of your iOS device, the same port you use for charging.
- If you also want to charge your phone while mirroring it, also connect your charging cable to the AV adaptor.
Then, simply turn on your TV and enjoy the view. Some TVs might need a few additional settings regarding the source of the video. If this is your case, use the remote to select the appropriate HDMI input. Some TVs might also display your iPhone’s or iPad’s home screens as much smaller than the TV itself. However, this is only temporary. Once you will start playing a video or open another application, everything will appear in full definition.
If you stop here, your phone will display the “TV Connected” message. If you want to also be able to use your phone regularly while connected to another display, simply go to Control Center and select “iPhone screen mirroring”. You can also select specific apps you want mirrored to your TV or display, of course.
Apps & Programs for iPhone Screen Mirroring
A few apps can also help you in mirroring your iPhone’s or iPad’s contents to a TV, monitor, or projector.
AirPlay is an app that streams the content from your iOS device to your Apple TV. It only needs to connect to the same Wi-Fi network as your TV. You can activate the option through the Control Center of your iOS phone or tablet. Then, tap on AirPlay Mirroring and select your TV from the drop-down list. An alert with an AirPlay passcode may appear on your TV during this step. If this is your case, simply input the code into your iPhone or tablet.
Here are the steps to using AirPlay for iPhone screen mirroring to an Apple TV:
- First, play a video on our iPhone or iPad, be it a video on your phone’s memory or through an app.
- Then, open up the control centre and open up the AirPlay menu.
- Finally, select your Apple TV and turn on Mirroring.
Now, you will be able to view your home screen and everything else your iPhone or iPad displays, right on your TV.
Of course, a series of other apps are just as efficient at mirroring your iPhone’s screen to another device. However, they all use AirPlay to mirror your iPhone’s screen to another display or projector. Some of these include iTools, X-Mirage, AirServer, or Mirroring 360.
Of course, you can always use cables to mirror an iPhone’s display to an Apple TV, but the software solution is much simpler.
A Short Recap
If you have an iPhone or iPad, it would be a pity not to take advantage of the iPhone screen mirroring option. Although Apple’s cables and adaptors are a bit more expensive than other brands, the investment will pay off in no time. The convenience of mirroring your iPhone to a TV, display, or projector is impossible to measure. And if you also have an Apple TV, you won’t have to spend a cent more to do so.
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