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How can I mirror my iPhone to my TV without using Apple TV?

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Don't have the pleasure of Apple TV's AirPlay? Discover the alternatives here

If you have an iPhone and an Apple TV, it’s easy to mirror the phone’s screen on your TV with the built-in AirPlay features. But how can you do it if you’re not lucky enough to have an Apple TV? We look at the options available to you.

The methods below will also work on a PC monitor, which can double as a TV with the right setup.

Mirror an iPhone with Chromecast

Quite a simple one this – connect a Chromecast or Android TV device to your television and then use any Chromecast-compatible app to stream directly to the TV.

If you need to mirror apps that don’t support Chromecast, then there are third-party apps, such as Streamer for Chromecast or MyCast – TV Cast to Chromecast available for your iPhone.

Use an AirPlay compatible Roku device

If you have a 4K Roku device then it includes AirPlay compatibility out-of-the-box. Head to Settings -> Apple AirPlay and HomeKit to set this up. Afterwards, use the AirPlay option on your phone to connect and stream to your Roku device.

This has the added bonus of adding your Roku to HomeKit too, which means that it can be operated from the HomeKit app, along with other IoT devices.

Use a cable

Another option is to use a cable to connect your iPhone to the HDMI ports on your TV.

There are various options available, but one of those is the Digital AV adapter from Apple itself. Connect this to your phone’s Lightning port and then connect an HDMI cable between the adapter and your TV. Alternatively, non-branded equivalents are available, for much less money.

Use Third-Party apps

With all the previous options, other than an HDMI port, there are no requirements for your TV. However, for this your TV will need to have some kind of built-in mirroring capabilities. Most popular brands have had this for quite some years.

In this case, you need to install an app onto your iPhone and it will connect the output straight through to your TV’s mirroring. One example of such an app is Screen Mirroring – Smart View TV.

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David Artiss

Works for Automattic Inc., the company behind WordPress.com and Tumblr. Tech geek, international speaker and occasional PC Pro podcaster. Lover of Lego and video games.

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  • Thank you David. When I connect an iplayer download to a tv via an Apple Digital AV adapter & hdmi cable, I see the ipad homescreen on the tv, and get sound, but I don’t get the iplayer picture? Am I missing something obvious? Many thanks, Richard