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

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

Connect an iPhone or iPad with an HDMI cable

The most straightforward way to connect an iOS device to a TV is using a wired connection. For an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch with a Lightning connector, you can use Apple’s Lightning Digital AV adapter.

  • 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.

iPhone to Apple TV via AirPlay

  • Ensure that both the Apple TV and iOS device are on the same Wi-Fi network.
  • If you have an iPhone X or newer or an iPad running iOS 12 or later, swipe down from the upper-right corner to reveal the Control Center. Otherwise, swipe up for Control Center instead.
  • Tap the “Screen Mirroring” button.
  • Select your Apple TV from the list. (If you have multiple Apple TVs, consider labeling each one based on the room it’s in.)
  • On your iOS device, enter the four-digit code that appears on your TV screen. (By default, you’ll only need to do this once for each device.)
  • To disconnect from the TV, follow steps 1 through 3, and then select “Stop Mirroring” from the list.

Mirroring to Roku, Fire TV, and Chromecast

  • If you don’t have an Apple TV and don’t feel like paying for a pricey adapter cable, you can use mirroring apps to share your iPhone or iPad screen on Roku, Fire TV, and Chromecast devices instead.
  • Several apps offer this with varying degrees of success, but I’ve gotten good results from  Consulting’s Screen Mirroring apps for Roku, Fire TV, and Chromecast. These apps use the iOS’ Screen Recording feature to capture video from your iOS device and send it to the streaming player.
  • With Chromecast, be aware that you can also send video, audio, pictures, and information to your TV from thousands of supported apps. These apps will allow you to play content directly on the television, so you don’t need to mirror your iPhone or iPad display.
  • 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.

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