How to Mirror iPhone to TV Without Wi-Fi
There are times that you want to share content from your iPhone with others, but don’t have Wi-Fi readily available. Fortunately, there are a few solutions available if that’s ever the case.
In this article, we’ll show you how to mirror your iPhone to your TV without using a Wi-Fi connection.
Connecting Through Apple Peer to Peer Airplay
The latest versions of the Apple TV, such as the Fourth Generation Apple TV, or Third Gen Apple TV’s Rev. A, will support Peer to Peer Airplay without Wi-Fi. If you have the Third Generation Rev. A, it should also be running on Apple TV Software 7.0 or later.
In addition, you’ll need to have an iOS device that’s at least a 2012 model or later, and that has at least iOS 8 running on it. Unfortunately, Peer to Peer Airplay isn’t supported in earlier devices. You may still use screen mirroring on the older devices but a Wi-Fi connection will be required.
If you have the necessary devices available, then Screen Mirroring through Peer to Peer Airplay may be done by following these steps:
- Disconnect both your Apple TV and iOS from any Wi-Fi Network – Peer to Peer Airplay works outside of Wi-Fi and may not work while any of your devices are connected to a network. On Apple TV, Wi-Fi may be turned off by going to Settings, clicking on Network, then clicking on Wi-Fi. If the Apple TV is connected to any network, it will be shown here. Click on the name of the current Wi-Fi network, then Click Forget Network.
On your iOS, proceed to Settings, find Wi-Fi, then click or tap on it to see the connection information. Click on Forget Network to disconnect from it.
Do note that forgetting the network is done so that the devices don’t automatically reconnect to your Wi-Fi. You’ll need to remember both your Wi-Fi’s SSID and password if you want to reconnect to it later. Do not proceed if you don’t know either your Wi-Fi’s SSID or password.
- Connect both devices to Bluetooth – As Peer to Peer Airplay is a wireless function, it will need Bluetooth to communicate with each other. Bluetooth is on by default on Apple TV. Check your iOS if it’s turned on by swiping down and tapping on the Bluetooth icon.
- Turn on Wi-Fi on your iOS – Turning this on will engage the Peer to Peer Airplay. You don’t need to be connected, but it has to be turned on. Airplay Controls show up as Screen Mirroring on the Control Center. If it doesn’t show up, try moving the devices closer together. If that fails, try restarting your iOS device.
- Once you see the Screen Mirroring, tap on it. Your Apple TV should be listed. If you’re prompted for a connection password, it should appear on your TV’s screen. Enter that to activate the feature. You’ll now be able to mirror the screen to your TV.
Using the Apple Lightning Connector to HDMI Port
Another method of Mirroring your screen would be to connect both devices with a cable. The Apple Lightning Connector will link your iPhone through its bottom port then through an HDMI cable. Connect one of the ports to your phone, attach an HDMI cable to your TV, plug it onto the Lightning connector, and your screen is instantly mirrored to your TV.
This is a very quick and uncomplicated solution if you don’t mind dealing with all the wires. Plus, you don’t need an Apple TV to make this work either. As long as your TV has an HDMI port, this solution will work. If you want to stop mirroring, just disconnect the cables.
There are other connector cables out there that aren’t officially from Apple that can be used, if you so wish. If you want to make sure that you’re not going to damage your hardware, it’s preferable to stick with the official product if possible.
A Handy Feature
Not everyone has Wi-Fi available at all times, and being able to mirror your iPhone to your TV without it is rather useful. So too, the ability to share the contents of your phone to a larger screen.
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