When you’re trying to show off videos, photos, apps, and other visual content from your iPhone or iPad, there are many situations that the small screen isn’t enough. Luckily through screen mirroring technology, you can connect those devices to the big screen of your TV.
[Learn more about the screen mirroring technology here]
To start connecting your phone or tablet to the TV, you don’t need fancy equipment. We listed some of the several methods for this, ranging from using a basic HDMI adapter to uncomplicated wireless streaming.
Probably this is the most popular way to connect an iOS device to a TV. While this method supports sound and video, you need an adapter for each of your devices.
To connect your iPhone or iPad to your TV using an HDMI cable, you need:
Some points to consider before getting an HDMI cable:
An AV adapter from Apple costs around 40 dollars but there are similar brands in the market. Bear in mind that these cables might not mirror certain applications like Netflix.
Your cable’s size
The HDMI port is located in the back of your TV so it’s recommendable to get a cable at least 15 feet long if you sit a comfortable distance from the TV.
Additionally, when buying any cables make sure that your iPhone/iPad and iOS version are compatible with the brand you choose.
If you have an Apple TV or you have a TV with Airplay built-in, you can use its features to connect your phone or tablet to your TV. You can stream music, presentations, share photos on your TV, and more.
If you aren’t looking into paying a high price for an Apple TV ($149), your TV doesn’t support Airplay, or you just don’t want to hassle with cables and extra hardware, you can count with screen mirroring apps, like MirrorMeister.
Many of the streaming apps cast your iPhone or iPad screen to one single TV or device. MirrorMeister, on the other hand, is compatible with all TVs and streaming devices available in the market.
To connect your iPhone or iPad wirelessly using MirrorMeister, you need:
Smart View is a screen mirroring app for Samsung Smart TVs only. It is developed by Samsung and it only sends content to certain compatible TVs. Also, your wifi connection needs to be on. So, before installing be aware of that.
To use Smart View to Screen Mirror your Samsung TV, you need to:
Once you decide what’s the best option for screen mirroring your iOS devices, you can start viewing everything that you see on your phone or tablet on your TV.
This isn’t limited only to videos. You can also cast photos, other apps like YouTube or Twitter, work presentations, and the list goes on.
And remember to turn your phone horizontally and use the landscape view for a better experience. Enjoy!