How to Mirror an iPhone to a TV Without Apple TV

Connect your phone to a smart TV wirelessly

What to Know

  • You can mirror your iPhone to a TV using an adapter that connects your phone to your TV using an HDMI or VGA cable.
  • You can mirror your screen wirelessly to a compatible smart TV using the Mirroring function in the Control Center.
  • You can also use a third-party app to mirror your iPhone to your TV (but should choose a well-known app if going this route).

This article provides instructions and information about how to mirror your iPhone to a television without using Apple TV and includes both wired and wireless options.

Can I Connect My iPhone to My Smart TV Wirelessly?

You can wirelessly connect your iPhone to a smart TV as long as the TV is AirPlay 2-compatible. To find out if your TV is AirPlay 2-compatible, check with your TV manufacturer. Once you know the two are compatible, here's how you mirror your iPhone.

  1. First, make sure your iPhone and smart TV are connected to the same Wi-Fi network and powered on.

  2. On your iPhone, swipe down from the upper right corner to open the Control Center.

  3. Tap Screen Mirroring.

  4. Select your TV from the list that appears. If a passcode appears on your TV (may happen for first-time users), enter the code on your iPhone to complete the connection.

    iPhone showing a swipe down motion, with Screen Mirroring and a Samsung TV highlighted

When you're finished mirroring your iPhone to your TV, all you have to do is go back through those steps and tap Stop Mirroring.

How Can I Mirror My iPhone to My TV Without Apple TV?

If you don't have a compatible TV or an Apple TV, you can still mirror your iPhone to your TV, but you'll need a cable to go from your iPhone to your TV. Sometimes you'll need an adapter to connect the cable to your iPhone. The specific adapter you need will depend on the model iPhone you're using as well as the available connections you have on your TV. Most commonly that will be an HDMI connection, but older TVs may require a VGA adapter.

Once you have the appropriate cable and adapter, all you need to do is connect your iPhone to your TV. You might need to change the TV input manually if it doesn't automatically detect the active device. Once you seen your iPhone's screen on the TV, you will know it's successfully mirrored.

When using this method, you will get an exact duplicate of your iPhone screen on your television, so if you're trying to watch a movie from your iPhone on your TV, the image might not fill the whole screen.

Is There an App to Mirror iPhone to TV?

There are several apps that will allow you to wirelessly mirror your iPhone to a TV that is not AirPlay 2-compatible. However, most of those apps require a streaming device, like a Roku or Chromecast. If you have one of those devices, you can use the device software to mirror your iPhone in most cases, without the need for another app. For example, to mirror your iPhone to Roku, you need only have the Roku app on your phone.

  • How do I screen mirror my iPhone to a Samsung TV?

    If your Samsung Smart TV was manufactured in 2018 or later, you'll likely be able to use AirPlay to mirror your iPhone screen to your TV. Tap Screen Mirroring from your iPhone's Control Center to mirror your entire iPhone screen to your Samsung TV. From some apps, you can tap the AirPlay icon to mirror content from your iPhone to your TV. Or, connect your iPhone to your Samsung TV via an HDMI cable.

  • How do I screen mirror my iPhone to a Roku TV?

    To screen mirror your iPhone to a Roku device, go to your iPhone's Control Center and tap Screen Mirroring. Tap your Roku device from the list of options; you'll see a code on your TV. Enter this code into your iPhone as prompted, then tap OK.

  • How do I screen mirror my iPhone to an LG TV?

    If you have an LG smart TV, download the Mirror for LG Smart TV app from the App Store onto your iPhone, then launch the app. The app will search for and find your LG TV. Select your TV, then tap Start Mirroring. Next, select Mirror LG TV > Start Broadcast, and your TV will display your iPhone's content.

  • How do I mirror my iPhone to my TV without Wi-Fi?

    To mirror your iPhone to your TV without Wi-Fi, you'll need an adapter, such as Apple’s Lightning connector. You can purchase a Lightning Digital AV Adapter directly from Apple for $49. You'll use this adapter to connect your iPhone to an HDMI cable. Connect the HDMI cable to your TV, then connect the other end of the HDMI cable to the Lightning Digital AV Adapter. Your iPhone screen will instantly be mirrored to the TV.

  • How do I mirror my iPhone to a Vizio TV?

    If you have a Vizio smart TV, download the VIZIO Smart Cast Mobile app from the App Store onto your iPhone, then launch the app. When the app finds your Vizio TV, select it, then tap Pair on the Bluetooth Pairing Request pop-up. When the pairing is complete, you'll be able to cast your iPhone's contents to your Vizio TV.

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