How To: Connect Your IPhone To An HDTV

How to: Connect your iPhone to an HDTV. Jared Newman  reveals how to view iPhone or iPad content on a bigger  screen, and you don’t need a fancy smart  TV to do so.

How To: Connect Your IPhone To An HDTV

When you’re trying to show off photos, videos, and other visual content from your iPhone or iPad, there are too many times  when the  small screen just won’t do. Fortunately, there are several ways to connect those devices to the  biggest screen your home: your TV.

How To: Connect Your IPhone To An HDTV

You don’t even need a fancy smart  TV to do it. We’ll show  you several easy  methods, ranging  from using  a basic  HDMI adaptor to sophisticated wireless streaming.


How to: Connect your iPhone to an HDTV – HDMI cable

The simplest way to connect iOS devices to a TV is using a wired connection. If you have  an iPhone 5 or later, a fourth-generation iPad or later, any iPad Mini, or a fifth- generation iPod Touch, you can use Apple’s Lightning Digital AV adapter (£34  from (You’ll also need to supply your own HDMI cable.)

Setup is easy: just plug the  HDMI cable  into your TV on one  end  and the  adapter on the  other, plug the Lightning cable  into your iOS device, and set  the  TV to the  appropriate input. You can also plug a charger into the  adapter’s second Lightning port  to keep your iOS device’s  battery from draining.

Most apps  will simply mirror the  iOS device’s display onto  the  television, but video  apps  such as Amazon Prime and Netflix might offer persistent playback controls while the video plays on the TV.

For users of older  iOS devices, a 30-pin-to-HDMI adapter is available, though Apple does not carry it in its stores as of this writing. It’s still available through other retailers, such as Amazon, for around £20.

Apple also offers  a Composite AV cable  (£37  from that  connects to standard- definition televisions, but this only works with older iOS devices that  use a 30-pin connector. (Users report that  connecting this cable  with a Lightning-to-30-pin adapter only supports audio  output.)

How To: Connect Your IPhone To An HDTV

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How to: Connect your iPhone to an HDTV – Apple TV

If you’d rather not deal  with wires, you can also stream video  and audio  to any Apple TV (£139 from fave. co/2v9aoKq for the  32GB model)  using the  wireless AirPlay protocol. This allows you to either mirror your iPhone or iPad display on the  TV, or beam video  and audio  from within supported apps.  Here’s how to mirror what’s on your iOS device’s  screen:

  • Ensure that both the Apple TV and iOS device are on the same  Wi-Fi network.
  • On the iOS device, swipe up to reveal the Control Centre.
  • Tap the AirPlay Mirroring button.
  • Select Apple TV from the list. (If you have  multiple Apple TVs, consider labelling each  one  based on the room they’re  in.)

Most video and music apps support AirPlay without mirroring. Just look for the icon during playback

  • On your iOS device, enter the four-digit code that appears on your TV screen.
  • To disconnect from the TV, follow steps 1 through 3, and then select Turn Off AirPlay Mirroring from the list.

Keep in mind that  with many video  and audio  apps, mirroring  isn’t necessary. Instead, you can just tap the AirPlay icon during  audio  or video  playback (it looks like a TV with a triangle at the  bottom), and then select your Apple TV from the  device list. This consumes less battery than  mirroring, and it allows you to use  the  iOS device for other tasks  while music and video  play on the television.


How to: Connect your iPhone to an HDTV – Google Chromecast

Although  Google’s Chromecast dongle (£30  from fave. co/2v9yrcf) doesn’t let you mirror an iPhone display on the  television, it does allow you to send video, audio, pictures, and information from thousands of supported apps.  (For your phone’s media files, we suggest the Allcast app, covered below.)

After plugging the  Chromecast into your television, use the  Google  Home companion app  to connect the device with your wireless network. You should then see the  Chromecast icon appear in supported apps.  Tap on it, and then select your Chromecast from the  device list. Once you begin  media playback, it will appear on the television instead of your iPhone or iPad.


How to: Connect your iPhone to an HDTV – AllCast

If you don’t have  an Apple TV, you might still be able  to send photos, videos,  and music stored on your iPhone to the  big screen with a free  iOS app  called  AllCast ( It works with any device that supports DLNA rendering, including Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, Xbox One, Xbox 360,  and various  smart TV platforms.

Once installed, it will detect any TV devices that  are powered on and connected to the  same  network as your iOS device.  Just press the  Cast button in the  bottom-left corner, select the  device to play on, then choose the media you want  to send to the  TV.

Although  the  app’s basic  function are free, a £4.99 in-app purchase removes advertisements, splash screens, and limits on video  length. How to: Connect your iPhone to an HDTV.

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