How to connect iPhone to TV with or without cables: all options!

Surely many of you, have left on the top of the shelf or in a drawer, your old laptop and at the moment you have no intention of changing it since from our iPhone or iPad we can do everything, we can also show all the content of our devices on the big screen our lounge. Apple offers us different methods to be able to connect iPhone or iPad to TV. If we want to connect it to our computer, the company itself also offers us different options, with or without cables. But we also have different options without going through the hands of Apple.

Some of the applications available in the App Store that allow us to enjoy streaming content, have the AirPlay function disabled by the developer, a function that allows us to show the content of our device on the screen of our room through an Apple TV. Fortunately, the possibility of displaying the content of our iPhone or iPad through a cable can not deactivate it, so it becomes the only method to enjoy the content of these applications in our salon without having to do it on the screen of our iPhone or iPad

Many are the users who have started to put aside their laptops due mainly to the lack of use since with the iPhone or iPad you can perform practically the same tasks, always, saving the distances. As the smartphone has evolved, not just the iPhone, computer sales have been falling to historic levels and the trend has not seen change. In 2008 almost 90% of the devices connected to the Internet using the Windows operating system, but for a few months, Android has become the most used operating system to connect to the internet, which reflects the change in trend that the market has suffered in recent years.

Connect iPhone to TV without wires

Apple TV

The best way to share the content of our iPhone, iPod touch or iPad is through the AirPlay protocol, created by Apple to allow the exchange of video content, music or images with a TV or stereo. AirPlay requires that both the transmitter and the receiver be connected to the same WiFi network and as its name indicates, the communication takes place without any cables.

The Apple TV is the device par excellence to be able to show the content of our iPhone, iPad or iPod touch on the TV screen of our house. Over the years, the functions offered by Apple TV have been extended, especially after the arrival of the 4th generation Apple TV, a device with its own application store that allows us not only to enjoy music services in streaming like Netflix, HBO, Hulu … but it also allows us to enjoy iOS games on the big screen our lounge no need to share or duplicate the screen, as long as they have adapted the interface to this device.

If you only want to show the contents of your iOS devices on TV, with the 3rd generation Apple TV is more than enough. The 3rd generation Apple TV stopped selling shortly after the launch of the 4th generation model, just over a year ago, but today we can still find for about 60 euros on the internet. Or we can also choose to use the second-hand market, where we are likely to find it cheaper.

At present Apple offers two models of Apple TV, 32 and 64 GB. The 4th generation Apple TV is priced at 179 euros, while the 64 GB model is available for 229 euros in the Apple Store Online. This device not available on Amazon because the Amazon video streaming video service is not installed natively on the device, more than enough reason for the head of Amazon to refuse to sell this device.

Mac or PC connected to TV

If we have a Mac Mini as a multimedia center in our living room connected to television, we can also use the AirPlay function. In order for our Mac to begin offering this service we must make use of applications such as AirServer, Reflector 2, LonelyScreen or 5KPlayer. The first two applications are priced at 13.99 and 14.99 euros respectively, while 5KPlayer and LonelyScreen are completely free. In addition 5K Player is a complete video player compatible with almost all formats.

In this way, using one of these applications installed on our Mac connected to our TV, we can share the content of our iPhone, iPad and iPod touch directly on the screen of our living room without having to buy adapters, devices or cables. AirServer, Reflector 2, LonelyScreen and 5KPlayer are available for the Windows and macOS ecosystem.

Connect iPhone to TV with cables

Mac connected to TV

If we do not want to install any application on our Mac to activate the AirPlay function we can make the native QuickTime application. For a couple of years, Apple allows us to display the content of our device through QuickTime, allowing even the ability to record everything that is displayed on the screen. To do so we just have to connect our iPhone, iPad or iPod touch to the Mac using the Lightning cable.

Lightning to VGA connector adapter

If our veteran television continues to war and we do not plan to change it. Or while our TV with HDMI connection does not have any free connection of this type, we can make use of the Lightning to VGA adapter, an adapter that only shows the image of our device on the screen of our TV or monitor (if applicable), since this type of connection is not able to transmit the sound, as if we can do it with the Lightning adapter to HDMI

If we have a stereo nearby, we can connect the headphone connection of our device to avoid having to enjoy the content with the audio of our device. Or, if we have a bluetooth speaker, we can send the audio signal to this device. Or, we can connect a bluetooth headset to the device to enjoy the audio without disturbing anyone. As you can see, there are solutions for everything.

The Lightning to VGA connector It has a price in the Apple Store of 59 euros. From time to time this same official connector, signed by Apple is available on offer at Amazon.

APPLE MD825ZM / A – Adapter to connect iPhone to TV

Official Lightning to HDMI cable

Officially known as Lightning to AV Digital Connector Adapter. This cable that has a price in the Apple Store of 59 euros, allows us Play the content of our iPhone, iPad and iPod touch with Lightning connector with resolution up to 1080p on a TV, projector or HDMI-compatible screen, a definition more than enough for 32-inch TV onwards although it may fall short if you have a TV 50 inches or more. In this way we will be able to enjoy football matches, television series or movies from our iOS devices on a TV, projector or large screen.

This adapter offers us an HDMI input and a Lightning connector to be able to charge the device while we consume content on the big screen. To connect we must buy an HDMI cable separately, since this adapter does not include it. If we are not in a hurry to purchase this adapter, we can regularly visit Amazon, where sometimes this adapter is on sale.

Apple MD098BE / A – Lightning to Digital AV (HDMI) Connector Adapter

Obviously if we don't want to spend the money that adapter costs, we can use unofficial adapters available on both eBay and Amazon, but over time they stop working since Apple detects that it is not the official one and lets us use it. In addition, the quality of construction and materials leaves much to be desired.

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