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At the same time, we are often near large screens – maybe there is a television nearby or a computer monitor. Just connect your iPhone or iPad to the larger display and enjoy your content on the big screen, right? Yes, you can do that! And there are different options too, depending on what you’re laying around. Find the best way to connect your iPhone to a TV or computer screen below.
Method 1: Use AirPlay with an AirPlay Compatible Smart TV
Just swipe down from the top-right corner of the iPhone screen, then tap Screen Mirroring to find nearby devices that support AirPlay
You will need:
- A smart TV with AirPlay support
The most convenient and wireless way to mirror your iPhone or iPad screen to a TV is to use AirPlay, Apple’s own solution for wireless sharing. A variety of modern televisions from LG, Samsung, and other major brands are supported by AirPlay. So if you own a TV with it, this simple method is for you.
If you didn’t see your TV after tapping Screen Mirroring, make sure the TV is AirPlay compatible and connected to the same Wi-Fi network as your iPhone or iPad.
Method 2: Using Apple’s Official Lightning to HDMI Adapter
Apple’s Lightning-to-HDMI adapter
You will need:
- A Lightning-to-HDMI adapter
- An HDMI cable
It costs $ 49, which is quite a bit, especially when you consider that an HDMI cable isn’t included but is also required. You’ll either need to buy an HDMI cable separately or borrow the cable used with your receiver, set-top box, or video game console. Some TVs may also come with an HDMI cable.
There are a number of disadvantages to using a Lightning to HDMI adapter to bring your media to the big screen. Primarily, the connection is wired rather than wireless. Sure, you’re not consuming any bandwidth on your WiFi, but you will likely miss the convenience of flipping through movies from the comfort of your couch. Additionally, there are some complaints about resolution inconsistencies and softer images when you connect your iDevice to a larger screen with a cable.
If you still decide to use this method, simply connect the Lightning to HDMI adapter to your Apple device. Then use an HDMI cable to connect the iPhone or iPad to your TV through the adapter. Make sure you’ve set your TV to display an HDMI input as opposed to an antenna, cable, or AV input. TVs usually have a menu where you can select HDMI. Your device will automatically send video and audio to your TV within seconds. Note that the image projected on your TV screen will be slightly delayed. This delay is caused by the adapter converting the signal and is not a malfunction.
With the Apple adapter you can also connect your iPhone or iPad to a computer monitor with an HDMI input. And if using HDMI isn’t possible for some reason, Apple also offers a Lightning-to-VGA adapter ($ 49). It is compatible with most older TVs and computer monitors, but it cannot carry audio.
Method 3: using Apple TV and AirPlay
You will need:
You’ve heard of Apple TV, haven’t you? It’s Apple’s set-top box that lets you enjoy movies and music on the big screen of your TV. In addition, it offers AirPlay support, which allows you to mirror the screen of your iPhone or iPad directly onto the display of your TV – wirelessly over your home’s Wi-Fi network.
Enabling AirPlay mirroring through Apple TV is a pretty straightforward process. You just need to make sure that both your iDevice and Apple TV are connected to the same Wi-Fi network. Once that’s done, an AirPlay icon will appear in your Control Center. Tap on it, select Apple TV and turn on mirroring. Voilà! Your device’s screen will now be displayed on your TV.
Method 4: using Reflector or other screen mirroring software
You will need:
- Reflector (trial version or paid version) installed on your PC
So let’s say you want to use your iPhone or iPad on a bigger screen like the one on your computer, and the methods above are not an option. Well, there is one more way – download a third party app that specializes in mirroring your iPhone’s screen to your PC’s screen.
We found Reflector 3 to be great for our needs. In short, it turns a computer, be it a Mac or a PC, into an AirPlay receiver. The software works wirelessly, via WLAN or via USB if your computer does not have a WLAN adapter. Overall, it’s a pretty cool and inexpensive solution, and offers a free trial for up to 7 days if you want to try it out first.
Using it to play large video files over WiFi isn’t ideal due to some delays and frame jumps, but it’s a great way to share pictures from your recent trip on the big screen.
To use Reflector wirelessly, just go to the app from the website and launch it on your computer. Note that a window may not appear at all, but there should definitely be an icon on your app bar indicating that Reflector is active. This is your cue for reaching for your iPhone or iPad and enabling AirPlay from the Control Center. If the AirPlay button isn’t there, make sure your computer and phone or tablet are on the same wireless network. Using Reflector over USB is just as easy: just connect your device to your computer and launch the app. Then you can find the AirPlay button in your Control Center.