It is not at all unusual to want to connect our devices to a television so that our family can see what we are showing on the iPhone or on the Mac. This can be really useful for example to put a movie on television or to teach some Photographs. This is possible both wirelessly and also using an Apple cable.
These will be provisional measures since with televisions they are increasingly compatible with different devices, so it will not be necessary to connect any type of cable or have an external device since it will be much easier to connect our equipment, although it is true that there will still be to wait for this connection to become a standard.
How to do it
There are several ways to do this, using cables or wirelessly. In this first part we will see the simplest ways to achieve it, without third-party applications, simply with the device software will be enough.
Use the official cable
One of the easiest solutions to mirror your iPhone or iPad screen to TV is using an official Apple adapter and HDMI cable . If you do not have the adapter, you can buy it at different points, such as Amazon, official Apple stores or different electronics stores. If this option is somewhat expensive for you, you can choose to purchase an adapter that is not original, since its price drops much more.
However, if you want to use this option and you have an iPad Pro from 2018 or a MacBook Pro, you’ll need to add a USB-C to HDMI connection. There are many options available to buy this type of adapters, both official and unofficial for a fairly cheap price.
If the cable option does not quite convince you, there is another without cables, which is less messy, but for this you will need to have an Apple TC that is connected to your computer. Thanks to Apple TV you can share the content of your iPhone or iPad to your television telematically, but you can only do it if the apps you want to share are compatible. You can also mirror the screen, but keep in mind that everything you do on your mobile will be seen on the screen.
If you want to duplicate the screen of your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch you have to follow these steps:
- Open Control Center on the device you are going to use.
- Click on the “Screen mirroring” option
- A list of available Apple TVs near you will appear. Select the one you want to mirror the screen on.
- Finally, enter the code that will appear on your television on your device.
Use third-party apps
If, for whatever reason, you need to duplicate the screen quickly and you can’t do it with either of the two previous ways, one option you can consider is downloading a third-party app. These apps make it easy for you to mirror your screen, and most of them are completely free.
ApowerMirror is a wireless screen mirroring app that can be used to stream iPhone image to Mac or Smart TV and other mobile devices in high quality. This screencasting app also works well to mirror Mac screen to TV.
You will be able to enjoy videos and other screen activities on a bigger TV screen with it. It is compatible with TVs such as Sony TV, LG TV, Philips TV, Sharp TV, Hisense TV, Xiaomi MI TV, etc. Screen sharing is easily achieved and once connected, you can also use the app itself as a remote control. Without a doubt, it is a very complete app with which you can duplicate the screen in a few simple steps.
LetsView is a completely free screen mirroring app that supports multiple platforms and devices. Its main function is to mirror the iPhone screen, whether it is Mac or Windows, televisions and other smart devices. Besides, you can also display the computer screen on iPhone or iPad. This app is a screen sharing tool that can be very useful in the areas of education and business.
The app allows you to mirror iPhone or iPad to a projector and other smart devices wirelessly. There is no need to buy any cables, so you can make a connection to make presentations during a class or conference efficiently and very quickly. Also, platforms like YouTube, Twitch, Instagram, etc. are also compatible with LetsView. With this tool, you can also stream your own content from games like League of Legends or Call of Duty.
ApowerManager is a free app to manage and organize all the files stored on your iPhone or iPad. With this tool, you can easily transfer photos, music, videos and other files between your mobile device and any computer.
This file organizer allows you to manage all files including photos, videos, music, documents and contacts. With its intuitive interface, it is very easy to find the files you need. Also, you can delete all the unwanted data with just one click. With this file transfer app you can transfer contacts, music, photos and various types of data from iPhone or iPad to PC and vice versa. You can connect your mobile device to the computer via WiFi or USB.
Unlike the rest of the apps that we have seen before, LonelyScreen is an application to install on your computer and not on your mobile. It enables users of iPhone and iPad portable devices to cast their screens via the AirPlay standard directly to the desktop of their Windows desktop or laptop computer. This app allows Windows computers to become a fully compatible AirPlay receiver.
In order to send the video screen on your computer, you simply have to activate the AirPlay function on your portable Apple device. The default name of the computer connection will be “LonelyScreen”, but you can change it. The app supports receiving streaming media content and direct screen mirroring, which can allow users and professionals to easily set up mirroring for their presentations or play games on a larger screen.
This is another mirroring tool. Reflector 3 connects with devices using Google Cast, Miracast and Airplay mirroring. This app can receive mirror connections from iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch. Furthermore, it allows users to wirelessly connect and record multiple devices at once.
Among the advantages, it stands out that users can add a narration while you are mirroring the screen and it can also be transmitted simultaneously to other mobile devices. However, its price is somewhat higher than that of other similar apps and the recording function requires another, more specific operating system.
These are our favorite options
If we have to choose any of the proposed options, the cable option stands out from the first block. It is true that today most services of this type are wireless, but if you can do it with cable you will not have WiFi or coverage problems, which will solve many problems. It is always much more reliable to use cables whenever possible, since failure is less likely.
To choose one of the third-party apps, we stick with ApowerMirror. It is a very complete app, which allows connectivity with many different devices, which will make your work much easier and you will not have to try several apps to see if it works or if they are compatible. It’s also free, so you won’t have to spend to duplicate the screen.