Most of us are used to watching video and listening to music on our iPhones and iPads. But did you know it’s really simple to send video and music from your phone to your TV (and even your home stereo)?
There are several simple options, ranging from plugging in a cable to beaming the signals wirelessly via a smart TV or Apple TV.
This might be the cheapest way for you to use your apps and see your favorite content on a bigger screen, and the good news its it’ll also support both sound and video – and is really simple. If you have an iPad, this method might be useful for you as well – although you may need a different type of adapter (also known as a dongle).
When buying HDMI cables, there’s a huge selection to choose from.
Think about your budget, interests and most common uses. Also bear in mind the cable will need to run from the back of your TV to your iPhone – so make sure you buy one that’s long enough.
Additionally, when buying any cables making sure that your iPhone and iOS software are compatible with the one you choose.
If you have a TV that allows you to connect a USB to your phone you can get a Plug and Play cable that has an HDMI side, a USB connection and also the Lighting side for your iPhone, instead of having to buy two different cables. But bear in mind that certain HDMI cables will not support paid subscriptions and apps.
Some models of smart TV actually have iPhone support built in – look for a feature called Airplay on your TV’s specs.
For TVs that don’t support Airplay, there are specific apps, depending on the brand of your TV, that allows you to mirror what you are seeing on your iPhone on your TV. This way you can play games and stream your paid subscriptions on a big screen.
Depending on the brand of your smart TV there might be a brand-specific app to stream photos and videos directly from your iPhone and you can also use the app as a remote control. If you don’t have a TV-specific app, the Nero Streaming Player app lets you mirror the content in your iPhone directly to your smart TV.
If you have an Apple TV, you can use its features to almost instantaneously connect your phone to your TV. You can use the options to stream music, presentations, share photos on your TV, see videos and more. Some of the latest TVs also have Airplay built in, meaning you can connect directly using the process below.
If your iOS device is compatible, just follow these instructions to connect your phone to your TV with your Apple TV.
This option is also how you connect an iPad and iPod Touch to your Apple TV.
Once you connect your iPhone to your TV with the option best for you, you can start viewing everything that you see on your phone on your TV – you aren’t limited to just video, you can also mirror the screen, which is great for looking at pictures and even browsing websites.
Remember that for a better view you can turn your phone sideways, usually, videos do this automatically on both your phone and your TV, and even if your phone is horizontal, it will change to full landscape view on your TV.