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How to mirror an iPhone to your TV

Apple Airplay on a phone, with a TV in the background
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Knowing how to mirror an iPhone to your TV will unlock a whole world of new possibilities.

When AirPlay was introduced in 2010 as part of iOS 4, it enabled audio, video and photos to be streamed via an Apple TV device. In 2018, however, Apple went one better and launched AirPlay 2. 

It prompted manufacturers such as LG, Samsung, Vizio and Sony — i.e. the companies behind the best TVs — to announce that some of their TV models would incorporate the technology, allowing users to mirror their iPhone display to a television without the need for any other device.

But what does that mean? Well, screen mirroring allows you to duplicate the entire screen of your iPhone on a television. That means anything you do on an iPhone when screen mirroring is active will be displayed on the TV. 

It's a great way to show a group of people something that is on your iOS device without having them crowd around a small screen. You can even flip your iPhone from landscape to portrait and replicate that movement on the TV as well.

If you have a compatible TV and iPhone — any iPhone from the iPhone 5S up to the latest, the iPhone 13 series, will work — here's our guide on how to mirror an iPhone to your TV.

How to mirror an iPhone to your TV

 1. Connect your AirPlay 2-compatible TV to a Wi-Fi network. Each television is different, so follow the manufacturer's instructions. It needs to be on the same Wi-Fi network as your iPhone. 

Image of LG TV homepage with Wi-Fi settings highlighted

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2. Now, open the Control Center on your iPhone. You do this by swiping down from the upper-right corner of the screen on an iPhone X or later. If you have an older iPhone with a Home button, swipe up from the bottom of the screen. Then, tap the Screen Mirroring icon.

Screenshot of iOS Command Center

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3. You should now see your television listed as one of the compatible Screen Mirror devices (it is also possible to screen mirror if you have an Apple TV attached to a television). Tap your TV model. Enter the passcode that appears on your TV into your iOS device if you are prompted to do so.

Image of iOS screen mirroring menu with LG TV highlighted

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4. Your iPhone screen will now appear on your TV. Any action you perform on your iPhone will be mirrored on the television.

Image of LG TV homepage with Wi-Fi settings highlighted

(Image credit: LG)

5. When you want to end screen mirroring, open the Control Center again. Tap Screen Mirroring and select Stop Mirroring

Image of iOS screen mirroring menu with "sotp mirroring" highlighted

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How to stream videos from iPhone to TV 

If you only want to just play a video rather than mirror your entire iPhone screen, you can make use of the AirPlay function built into many video apps, including YouTube. 

Here's how to stream videos from an iPhone to your TV.

1. Find a video you want to stream in an app such as YouTube. 

Image of YouTube video on iOS

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2. Tap the streaming icon and choose the device you want to connect to. 

Image of YouTube app on iOS with connect to device highlighted

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3. If you are playing a video from the Photos app, tap the Share button and select the AirPlay icon from the list of options. Once again, you'll be asked to choose a device. 

Image of iOS share menu with AirPlay highlighted

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David Crookes is a freelance writer, reporter, editor and author. He has written for technology and gaming magazines including Retro Gamer, Web User, Micro Mart, MagPi, Android, iCreate, Total PC Gaming, T3 and Macworld. He has also covered crime, history, politics, education, health, sport, film, music and more, and been a producer for BBC Radio 5 Live.