How to Mirror an iPhone to a TV Without Apple TV?

Discover cable-free and wired options for mirroring your iPhone screen to a TV without Apple TV. step-by-step instructions for both AirPlay and adapter methods.

By Abhishek Chandel
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How to Mirror an iPhone to a TV Without Apple TV

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Tired of squinting at your tiny iPhone screen? Want to enjoy photos, videos and more on the big screen with friends and family? Mirroring your iPhone to a TV or compatible device opens up new possibilities for jointly experiencing content in a glorious enlarged display.

This guide will walk you through both cable-free and wired options for projecting what's shown on your iPhone onto a television without an Apple TV. Clear step-by-step instructions are provided for linking up wirelessly via AirPlay as well as using adapters and cables. AirPlay allows for a seamless cordless connection whereas other methods employ physical ports.

The wireless solution for showing your iPhone screen is through AirPlay. This feature enables wireless transmission of both video and audio signals. However, for AirPlay to work its magic, the television must support the technology. Therefore, before configuring any settings, be sure to verify within your television's on-screen menus that AirPlay appears as an available option.

A Step-Wise Guide to AirPlay Mirroring

  1. First, confirm that both your devices are connected to the same network. This ensures a wireless connection can be established between devices.
  2. Pull down from the top-right of your iPhone screen using your finger to reveal the Control Center with its quick-access controls like WiFi, Bluetooth and Do Not Disturb.
  3. Within the Control Center, find the icon depicting two overlapping rectangles which initiates screen mirroring. Tap it to view AirPlay pairing options.

4. Now the iPhone will scan the compatible televisions. Choose the one you want from the list by selecting its name.

5. During initial linking, a security passcode will flash on your television screen. Carefully input this same code on your iPhone when prompted to securely link the devices.

6. Once paired correctly, your iPhone interface will be visible on your television for large-display viewing and sharing of videos, photos, web and more through apps.

7. Repeat the above steps in reverse to "Stop Mirroring" when finished and disconnect the pairing.

Mirroring with an Adapter and Cable

For televisions lacking AirPlay support, wired screen mirroring through an adapter is still possible. However, finding the proper adapter is key. Different iPhone models incorporate distinct ports, while televisions also house a variety of input options.

The first step is determining your iPhone's port. Each iPhone variant utilizes a unique input connector type, so verifying yours is crucial. Now for the connection process:

  1. Grab your newly acquired adapter and plug one end into the port of your iPhone.
  2. Attach one end of an HDMI cable (or other type depending on your TV's input) firmly into the open port of the adapter.
  3. Plug the opposite end of the HDMI/other cable into the appropriately labelled and shaped port on your television, usually situated on the rear or side panel.
  4. Power on your television if it isn't already and use the remote or on-screen menus to switch the input source selection to the HDMI/input port now in use.
  5. Your iPhone screen should display! Customize zoom/aspect ratio settings as needed for a perfect fit.


With either the wireless AirPlay method or the physical adapter technique, mirroring your iPhone screen to a television is quite simple. Both provide full access to everything on your iPhone interface in glorious big-screen format. Once the set-up is complete, you can watch videos, browse photos, surf the web and share content seamlessly between devices.

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