How to connect your iPhone to a TV using AirPlay, screen mirroring, or a simple cable

You can connect your iPhone to a TV using an AV cable, AirPlay, or screen mirroring.

To AirPlay or screen mirror your iPhone, you also need to have an Apple TV or AirPlay 2-compatible smart TV. With AirPlay, you can stream content directly from video apps like Hulu and HBO Max.

No matter what your reason, it’s easy to connect your iPhone to a TV or computer monitor. Photos and videos display at full resolution – much better than the limited resolution of your iPhone – so connecting an iPhone to a larger screen can be a viable substitute for a smart TV.

There are three ways to connect your iPhone to a television or monitor: via an AV cable, using your iPhone’s built-in screen mirroring feature, or using AirPlay from directly within third-party apps like Hulu.

The process is essentially identical to connecting your iPad to a TV , and in fact, you can use the same adapter or Apple TV for both your iPhone and iPad.

Here’s how to do it.

An adapter makes it possible to connect your iPhone to an AV cable.

An adapter makes it possible to connect your iPhone to an AV cable.

Connect your iPhone to a nearby Apple TV using the Screen Mirroring button in the Control Center.

Connect your iPhone to a nearby Apple TV using the Screen Mirroring button in the Control Center.

Tap the AirPlay icon once you've started playing a show or movie.

Tap the AirPlay icon once you’ve started playing a show or movie.

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