How to get your iPhone on the TV
Ways to connect your iPhone to your Samsung TV without wires
No matter what model of Apple device you have, the diagonal of the display can never match the size of the TV screen in terms of practicality. Especially when it comes to watching TV shows at home, family videos, vacation photos, etc.д.
Smartphone owners often connect their gadgets to an external monitor. Why it is possible to comfortably view any content.
Next, let’s look at instructions and recommendations for connecting your smartphone to your TV device using wireless technology, different physical interfaces. How the user can simplify watching your favorite videos and photos.
How to display an image from your phone to your TV
To begin with, I suggest figuring out how to connect your iPhone to a Samsung TV (that’s the one I use, so I’ll use its example to explain):
- Start the TV and connect it to Wi-Fi;
- If you want to display your iPhone screen on the TV screen, bring up Control Point by swiping down from the top;
- Click on the “Repeat Screen” feature icon (two overlapping rectangles);
If your TV supports AirPlay, that solves a bunch of problems
- In the window that opens, find the name of your TV and click on it;
- After a second of pairing, your iPhone screen will appear on the TV screen.
As of 2018, many Smart TVs have AirPlay support. Thanks to this technology, iPhone users can output images from their screens to the TV.
However, if your goal is to play a film, series or video from a popular video hosting on the TV screen, you can do it directly. Let me take YouTube as an example:
Play video from your iPhone on your TV directly from the video content app
This method is described on Apple’s official website, so don’t worry about its legality and security. If you want to know the instructions for connecting the iPhone screen to the TV, you can read about it in this link. it is described there in detail.
Wireless connection via DLNA
DLNA standard (Digital Living Network Alliance) is designed to transmit content over a local network, and is supported by most modern televisions. To broadcast photos, videos, and music from your iPhone or iPad to the big screen, you’ll need to install a special application from the App Store, and most of them (such as iMediaShare) are available for free.
The algorithm of such programs is quite simple, the only condition. iPhone (iPad) and TV (supporting DLNA) must be connected to the same Wi-Fi network. It remains to select the desired TV in the application to create a pair, and then start streaming content to the big screen. At the same time the application itself often offers the user a variety of streaming services, movies and music (in most cases in English), as well as the ability to transfer content from the Photo, Video and Music apps.
If the TV is not equipped with a Wi-Fi module or does not support applications for streaming content from the iPhone (iPad), you can use a special TV adapter that supports AirPlay piercing, such as MiraScreen (even cheaper can be found on AliExpress at the link).
The adapter is connected to the HDMI socket of the TV and receives the signal from your smartphone or tablet via Wi-Fi. To transfer video, photos and music, you also need to install a special application on your device, such as the aforementioned iMediaShare.
Next, you need to select the HDMI-connector on your TV, to which the device is connected, and establish a connection to Wi-Fi.
The advantage of this method is that the connection does not require any additional devices (except for the transmitter in some cases) and is fairly easy to set up. However, such programs are not able to display images from the iPhone (iPad) screen directly on the TV, but only transmit content from certain applications iOS and connected partner services. In addition, DLNA technology involves the use of resources of the final output device (ie, TV), which can affect the speed.
What is needed for work
Any modern iPhone or iPad supports sound or picture output via AirPlay. It’s harder to find a receiver to send the signal to the TV.
The best receiver is the Apple TV set-top box. It allows you to output an image without any problems and does not require additional software or long settings.
You can output an image through your computer. A Mac or Windows computer can also act as an AirPlay receiver. You will have to install a special application. The best programs at the moment are AirServer and Reflector.
Both programs are paid, but have a trial period to test their functionality. They allow you not only to display the image, but also to record the screen or connect multiple devices simultaneously.
You only need to connect your computer to the TV via HDMI.
Some set-top boxes can also receive the AirPlay signal. Many of these receivers are sold on AliExpress or GearBest.
The stability of such gadgets leaves much to be desired, the connection is often interrupted, devices do not see each other, there are delays in the signal.
It is better to focus on the set-top boxes running on Android OS, the developers of the Reflector application have released a version for this mobile system.
How to display your iPhone on your TV without Apple TV
Most modern televisions support the DLNA standard, which allows you to transmit content over a local network. This way to connect your iPhone to the big screen is perfect for viewing photos, listening to music, and watching videos. To connect, you need to download and install one of the applications available in the App Store, such as AllCast or iMediaShare. The programs are free, and the paid versions differ only in the absence of advertising inserts.
Thanks to such programs, connecting the iPhone to the TV is not difficult, but it is important to keep in mind that both devices must be connected to the same Wi-Fi network, because otherwise the iPhone simply does not recognize the TV as a streaming device. Next, you need to create a pair by simply selecting the desired device in the app, and then select the content you want to stream to the screen in the program. These can be movies or TV series from various streaming services, or media files stored in the iPhone memory. By the way, and if you haven’t decided which iPhone to buy yet, Go ahead and read about it in our review.
Not all televisions are equipped with a Wi-Fi module, and also do not support the above applications, so in this case it will be appropriate to use a TV adapter that supports the already mentioned AirPlay protocol. The cost of such an adapter cannot be called high, and in addition, there are different models on sale. Therefore, if you are interested in how to display images from the iPhone to the TV without Wi-Fi, the adapter that connects to the HDMI connector allows you to do this, but for the full work of such a connection you will also need to install one of the special applications on your phone.
This method of transmitting content from your smartphone to the big screen has several disadvantages:
- The inability to output images directly and view online broadcasts;
- Attracting the hardware capabilities of the final output device, which in the case of some TV models can seriously slow them down.
The best solution. Apple TV
At this point (12.01.2019) Apple TV set-top box is probably the only normal and best solution. It is not strange, because the Apple ecosystem works very well.
We buy an Apple TV, connect it to the TV (not even the newest TV, without Smart TV) and without any problems or complicated settings broadcast iPhone screen, or with iPad on a big screen TV.
To do this, just open the control panel and click on “Repeat Screen” (AirPlay). After that, we choose our Apple TV set-top box and we’re done. You may need to enter a password, which will appear on the TV screen. I take it this is the first time you connect.
The screen of our iPhone, or iPad will be displayed on the TV.
I haven’t bought myself an Apple TV yet (I’m planning to). so I can’t show you how to connect in detail and beautifully.
With this wireless connection, you can stream any photo, or video from the Photo app. Just click on the “Share” button and select “AirPlay”.
How to connect your iPhone to your LG TV
There are a few ways to connect your iPhone to your LG TV, depending on which TV model you have and why you’re connecting it.
LG Smart TVs have Wi-Fi, which makes it easy to connect your iPhone to your TV.
- Install the free LG Smart Share app on your TV.
- Install the Twonky Beam app on your iOS device.
- Check “show or hide the visual indicators at the edge of the screen” in the app.
- Choose a video file that you want to output from your smartphone to the big screen of the LG TV.
- Playback will start after the inscription “beaming”
An alternative is the iMediaShare app.
Connecting your iPhone to the USB input on your LG TV isn’t difficult. all you need is an “iPhone” to USB cable. In this case, the device will also be charged by the TV! But this connection will allow you to use your iPhone only as a storage device, allowing you to view videos and photos stored in memory, but not to stream live soccer game broadcasts or video calls from Skype.
If you have a special adapter for your smartphone. you can connect it to your LG TV directly with an HDMI cable. The adapter for the iPhone with the old connector is called the Digital AV Adapter, for the iPhone 5 and newer you need the AV Adapter Lightning. Connect your devices with an HDMI cable. this should connect automatically. If not, activate HDMI as a signal source on your TV.
Connecting via another standard
If you are using an older model of LG TV that does not have an HDMI input, you can still stream video from your iPhone. to the composite input. You’ll need a USB AV cable (iPhone 4 and up) or a VGA Lightning adapter (iPhone 5).
You can also use special add-ons like Google Chromecast or Apple TV to connect your iPhone to your LG TV.
Can I connect my iPhone to my TV through USB??
If you connect your iPhone to your TV through the USB connector, the smartphone will not play content, but act as a removable drive. Depending on the phone model, you should connect a micro-USB cable and a 30-pin or Lightning connector.
If you’re using a Samsung Galaxy smartphone or tablet, swipe down from the top edge of the screen and turn on Smart View or Screen Mirroring in the menu. After that, the connection between the cell phone and the TV will be established.