Whether you need to mirror your phone screen or use your iPhone as a remote, we’ve rounded up the most common ways to connect your iPhone to your TV and how to do it.

Connect Your iPhone to Your TV with an HDMI Cable

The simplest way to get video from your iPhone (or another iOS device) to your TV is to just plug it in. You’ll use the HDMI port on your TV for this, and you’ll need the following:

  • HDMI cable to connect to the TV
  • Adapter to connect the HDMI cable to your iOS device

 

Apple sells the adapters you’ll need. The fare is typical of Apple—expensive, but the product is well-made. Apple always recommends that you buy its products rather than knockoffs, but if you want to save some money, you can also pick up an adapter from Amazon or another third party that will get the job done. Just make sure it supports High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection (HDCP).

Pro Tip: HDCP is an anti-pirating measure implemented by many streaming providers. If the adapter doesn’t support this protocol, you can’t play content from several services, like Netflix and HBO NOW.

Once you have the HDMI cable and TV adapter, the rest is easy:

  1. Connect one end of the HDMI cable to your TV.
  2. Connect the other end to the adapter.
  3. Plug the adapter into the Lightning port on your iOS device.
  4. If you need to charge your device while using it, plug one end of a Lightning to USB or Dock Connector to USB cord into the second port on the adapter and plug the other end into a power source.
  5. Switch to the HDMI input on your TV.

Connect Your iPhone to Your TV with AirPlay and Apple TV

If you prefer the wireless life, connect your iPhone to your TV easily with an Apple TV and Apple’s AirPlay wireless protocol. This lets you stream content directly or mirror your device’s display on your TV.

The setup is about as easy as it gets:

  1. Make sure your iPhone and Apple TV are on the same Wi-Fi network—otherwise they won’t see each other.
  2. Open Control Center on your iOS device. On iPad or any iPhone other than the iPhone X, do this by swiping up from the bottom of the screen. On iPhone X, swipe down from the right of the notch.
  3. Tap the AirPlay Mirroring button. (It looks like a triangle pointing up to a rectangle.)
  4. Select your Apple TV from the list that appears.

Cast Your iPhone through Chromecast

Chromecast users can use their iPhones to cast to any TV with a Chromecast or Chromecast Ultra plugged in. This is a more affordable option since the Chromecast dongles cost only about $35.00.

  1. Plug the Chromecast into the HDMI port on your TV.
  2. Open a Chromecast-supported app on your iPhone or iPad.
  3. Tap the Cast button. (It’s a rounded rectangle with a Wi-Fi symbol in the bottom left corner.) Select “Chromecast” from the list of available devices.

Many popular smart TV brands now come with Chromecast already built in. Just look for the Cast button!

Connect Your iPhone to a Roku Streaming Player

There are a couple ways iPhone and iPad users can wirelessly connect their devices to a Roku streaming player.

Cast from your iOS device by doing the following:

  1. Make sure your iPhone and Roku device are connected to the same Wi-Fi network.
  2. In a supported app such as YouTube or Netflix, look for the Cast button.
  3. Tap the Cast button, and select the Roku device from the list.

 

Use the “Play on Roku” feature of the Roku app by doing the following:

  1. Download the Roku mobile app to your iOS device.
  2. Launch the app.
  3. Choose the Photos+ option from the bottom navigation bar in the Roku app.
  4. Select the media you want to share to the Roku device.

Whatever combination of devices you have, there’s a way to get your content on the big screen. Get connected, and then kick back and enjoy the show!