Stream music, apps, movies, and more
What there is to know
- You can stream content from your iPad or iPhone in four different ways: using cables and adapters, Chromecast, Apple TV, and DLNA.
- The easiest method is to use a Lightning Digital AV adapter with an HDMI cable, but you can also get an app for TVs that support DLNA.
- Some of these methods work for all iPhone and iPad models running any version of iOS, but others have strict minimum requirements.
This article explains four ways to enable streaming on your iPad or iPhone so that you can see content from your device on a TV screen.
Stream to TV with cables and adapters
Perhaps the easiest way to stream from iPad or iPhone is to connect a cable, but you can’t use just any cable. Since iOS devices use Apple’s exclusive Lightning connector, you need a special adapter.
Apple Lightning Digital AV Adapter (usually around $ 50 from Apple.com) is the first half of what you need to stream to your TV. The other half is an HDMI cable to connect the adapter to the TV.
Once you switch the input on your TV to the HDMI port the cable is plugged in, you will see your iPad or iPhone on the TV. From there, you can stream apps, photos, videos, and more directly to your TV.
Use Chromecast to cast with iPad or iPhone
Apple isn’t the only company that offers a streaming device for iPhone and iPad. There is also Google’s Chromecast which is similar, but works wirelessly.
Chromecast works much differently from the adapter in that everything on the screen cannot be streamed to the TV. Streaming is app specific, which means you must have an app that supports Chromecast to view content on the TV.
While there are many apps that support Chromecast, you’re limited in that you can’t cast your iPad or iPhone home screen, nor can you open any app and cast it all to your TV. You need additional software to make AirPlay work with Chromecast.
- Make sure the Chromecast device and iOS are connected to the same Wi-Fi network. This is the easiest way to connect them together, although there are ways to use Chromecast without Wi-Fi.
- Open a Chromecast compatible app. A few examples include Netflix, YouTube, Google Photos, and Hulu, but there are many others,including games, movie apps, sports apps, etc.
- Select the mold button (a square merged with a Wi-Fi icon).
- If prompted, select the correct Chromecast from the list you want to cast your iPad or iPhone to.
Stream with Apple TV
If you like to keep all of your devices centered around the Apple brand, but want to stream to the TV wirelessly, check out Apple TV.
Apple’s set-top box can do a lot of things: stream Netflix, HBO, or more; play games from the App Store; deliver music from Apple Music; and serve as a hub for HomeKit-enabled smart home devices. Of course, it also allows you to stream content to the TV from your iPad or iPhone.
All iOS devices and Apple TV support AirPlay, an Apple technology for wireless audio and video streaming between compatible devices. In this case, use AirPlay Mirroring, which allows you to cast your device’s screen to your TV.
Make sure Apple TV and your iOS device are connected to the same Wi-Fi network, then connect to Apple TV through Control Center.
When you want to stop streaming from your iPhone or iPad, open Control Center, tap Apple TV, then choose Stop Mirroring.
Stream iPad or iPhone to TV using DLNA
You don’t always need to purchase additional hardware to stream your iPad or iPhone to your TV. If you have a smart TV that supports DLNA, all you need is a compatible app.
Not all apps work the same, but specific instructions for using the app with your TV should be included in the app or on the developer’s website.
If your TV supports DLNA, install a compatible app on your iPhone or iPad, add content to it, and then use it to stream to a TV on the same Wi-Fi network as your iOS device.
Some protected content, such as videos from the iTunes Store, may not be playable using these apps because they do not support DRM.