How to Stream Netflix From Phone to TV

You can cast Netflix to your TV from your iPhone and Android smartphone

What to Know

  • Open the Netflix mobile app, tap the Cast icon, and select your smart TV or device from the list to stream Netflix to your TV.
  • Your smartphone, TV, and any other devices you’re using all need to be on the same Wi-Fi network.
  • You can also use a tablet to cast Netflix to your TV or install the Netflix app on your TV or console directly.

This article will walk you through the steps for how to stream Netflix to your TV from your iPhone or Android smartphone. You’ll find detailed steps for each stage of the setup process along with a list of requirements for casting Netflix media wirelessly to other devices connected to the same Wi-Fi network.

The instructions on this page apply to iPhone and Android smartphones though they can also be used on iPod touch, iPad, and Android tablets with the iOS or Android Netflix app installed.

How Do You Connect Netflix to Your TV From Your Phone?

The Netflix mobile app can connect to your TV via a Chromecast connection or a separate wireless connection to the Netflix app installed on your smart TV, PlayStation or Xbox video game console, or Blu-ray player.

The good news is you don’t need to waste time working out which type of connection to use. The Netflix app on your phone will automatically detect what compatible devices you have available and will display them as options you can choose from.

Here’s the process for how to stream Netflix from your smartphone to your TV.

  1. Turn on your devices and make sure your smartphone and TV are connected to the same Wi-Fi network.

    If you’re casting Netflix from your phone to a video game console, streaming stick, or Blu-ray player, they will also need to be on the same Wi-Fi network.

  2. Open the Netflix app on your iPhone or Android smartphone.

    You can also use an iPod touch, iPad, or an Android tablet if you like.

  3. Tap the Cast icon in the app (it looks like a square with a wireless signal in its lower-left corner).

  4. Tap the name of the device where'll be watching watching Netflix.

    If your device isn’t showing in the list on your phone, try opening the Netflix app on it. Also try checking the Wi-Fi connection. If you haven’t already, install the Netflix app from the device’s built-in app store.

  5. The Cast icon in the Netflix mobile app should flicker for a bit while the connection is being made. Once your smartphone is connected to your TV or other device, the Cast icon should turn red.

    Cast icon and Xbox highlighted in the Netflix app
  6. Once connected, find a movie, TV episode, or special to play in the Netflix mobile app and tap Play. The media should immediately begin playing on your TV.

  7. Use the minimized controls to pause or play what’s playing on the TV. Tap Up to view and use the following controls.

    • Left icon: This is the Cast icon. Tap to disconnect from the TV.
    • Middle icon: Tap this icon to view other episodes in the show you’re watching.
    • Right icon: Tap this icon on the right to view audio and subtitle language options.
    Play icon, casting options, and Disconnect highlighted in the Netflix app

Can I Stream From My Phone to My TV?

To cast Netflix content from your smartphone to your TV, you’ll need all of the following:

  • An iPhone, iPod touch, iPad, Android smartphone, or an Android tablet.
  • The Netflix mobile app installed on your smartphone or other smart device.
  • An active Wi-Fi connection.
  • An active Netflix subscription.

You’ll also need at least one of the below items:

  • A smart TV with either built-in Chromecast support or a connected Chromecast device. 
  • A connected Xbox or PlayStation video game console, TV box, or Blu-ray player with its own Netflix app installed.

If you want to watch 4K Netflix content on your TV, you will need a 4K TV. If you’re casting to a device connected to your TV via cable, it will need to support 4K output.

Why Can't I Cast Netflix From My Phone to My TV?

If you’re having trouble connecting your smartphone to your TV, you may want to try some of the following troubleshooting tips.

  • Check your TV is connected to your Wi-Fi network. You will need to manually log in via the TV’s internet settings.
  • Connect your connected devices to the same Wi-Fi network. Like with your TV, you’ll need to make sure your Xbox, PlayStation, or Blu-ray player has been manually connected to the same network.
  • Turn on your phone’s Wi-Fi. Make sure Airplane Mode has been turned off and it’s not just connecting to a 4G or 5G signal.
  • Install the Netflix app. You don’t need the Netflix app installed if you’re using a Chromecast TV or dongle, but you will need to install it on any console or other connected device you’re using.

How Can I Watch Netflix on My TV From My Phone Without Wi-Fi?

If you don’t have a Wi-Fi connection and you’re determined to still use your smartphone to control the Netflix experience on your TV, you may want to try connecting your iOS or Android device to your TV via a cable.

Other Ways to Watch Netflix on Your TV

You actually don’t need your smartphone to watch Netflix on your TV at all. Here are some of the more popular ways to watch Netflix without a mobile or smart device.

  • Install the Netflix app on your smart TV directly.
  • Download Netflix on your Xbox One, Xbox Series X, PS4, or PS5 video game console.
  • Install Netflix on a compatible Blu-ray or DVD player.
  • Use the Netflix app on a TV box or dongle such as Apple TV, Roku, or Amazon Fire Stick.
  • Connect a Mac to a TV or Windows computer to a TV.
FAQ
  • Can I stream Netflix from my phone to my TV via USB?

    Yes, you can connect your phone to your TV with USB using an HDMI-to-USB adapter. Switch the TV source to USB and use the Netflix app on your phone to find something to watch.

  • Can I stream Netflix from my phone to my non-smart TV?

    Yes. Use a streaming device such as Apple TV, Roku, Chromecast, or Amazon Fire TV Stick, or connect to your Netflix account using a gaming console. Alternatively, connect your laptop to your TV with an HDMI cable.

  • How do I mirror my iPhone on my TV?

    To mirror your iPhone on your TV, use the Mirroring function in the Control Center, or use an adapter to connect your phone to your TV with an HDMI or VGA cable. You can also mirror your iPhone through your Roku or other streaming devices.

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