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How to Stream iPhone/iPad to Apple TV

By Carrie Murray, Thursday, January 25, 2018

Summary: Want to play iOS games, or watch videos and photos from iPhone or iPad on an Apple TV with bigger screen? Here you will learn how to mirror and stream iPhone/iPad to Apple TV with AirPlay.

It is always better to play iOS photos, videos, games or other media on a bigger screen rather than huddle around your iPhone or iPad to watch the contents. So you may want to connect and mirror your iOS devices to smart TV to enjoy the movies or terrific photos.

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AirPlay is the best way to mirror your iPad or iPhone screen to an Apple TV. This guide walks you through how to mirror or stream your iPhone or iPad to television wirelessly. The procedure is very easy and you will share your iOS screen in no time.

How to Stream iPhone/iPad to Smart TV

To start streaming iPhone X/8/7/6s to smart TV with Apple TV, do the following steps:

Step 1. Go to your Apple TV's settings and enable the AirPlay option on it. Additionally, you need to make sure your iPhone/iPad and your smart TV are connected with the same Wi-Fi network.

Apple TV


Step 2. On your iPhone or iPad, you need to swipe up from the bottom of the screen to access the Control Center.

For iOS 11, tap "Screen Mirroring" and select your Apple TV to connect.

For iOS 10/9/8 or earlier, tap on the "AirPlay Mirroring" button and then select your Apple TV to connect.

Connect iPhone to Apple TV


Step 3. You are able to see an AirPlay passcode on your TV screen. All you need to do is inputting this code on your iPhone.

The job is done. You can now stream videos and photos on iPhone to Apple TV. Just enjoy yourself!

Stream iPhone/iPad to Apple TV


Step 4. To stop screaming iOS to TV, just open Control Center and tap Screen Mirroring (or AirPlay Mirroring) button on your iPhone or iPad to disable it.

Some of you may wonder if you can hook up an iPad or iPhone to a TV via a Lightning Digital AV Adapter. Of course you can! But you need to firstly get this Adapter with HDMI cable (sold separately) from Apple store. If you have got the Lightning Digital AV Adapter, all you need to do is to connect the TV to the Lightning port on your iPad and iPhone via the HDMI cable and adapter. Then you can mirror your iPhone or iPad to smart TV and enjoy photos or movies on a big screen.


That's the whole guide to stream iPhone to smart TV. By using AirPlay or Lightning Digital AV Adapter, you can get your way easily. If you have any question when following the steps to display your iOS screen to Apple TV, please let us know by leaving a message on the comment box below!

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