How to connect your iPhone to a TV using AirPlay, screen mirroring, or a simple cable

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It’s easy to connect your iPhone to your TV in a few different ways. Hirurg/Getty Images
  • You can connect your iPhone to a TV using an AV cable, AirPlay, or screen mirroring.
  • To AirPlay or screen mirror your iPhone, you also need to have an Apple TV or AirPlay 2-compatible smart TV.
  • With AirPlay, you can stream content directly from video apps like Hulu and HBO Max.
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No matter what your reason, it’s easy to connect your iPhone to a TV or computer monitor. Photos and videos display at full resolution – much better than the limited resolution of your iPhone – so connecting an iPhone to a larger screen can be a viable substitute for a smart TV.

There are three ways to connect your iPhone to a television or monitor: via an AV cable, using your iPhone’s built-in screen mirroring feature, or using AirPlay from directly within third-party apps like Hulu.

The process is essentially identical to connecting your iPad to a TV, and in fact, you can use the same adapter or Apple TV for both your iPhone and iPad.

Here’s how to do it.

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