How to Project iPhone Display to TV

There are many ways to project an iPhone display to TV. But unfortunately, not all of them work under all circumstances. And since not all of them work well under all conditions, this would mean some of our readers would have a hard time projecting their iPhone display to a TV. But to save our readers from such stress, we’d only be discussing the method which works under all circumstances. In other words, it doesn’t matter what iPhone or TV you’re using, this method should work.

How to Project iPhone Display to TV

To project an iPhone display on TV, there are things needed. First and foremost, you need the iPhone you’d like to project its screen.

Secondly, you’d need a TV which comes with an HDMI port.

Thirdly, you’d need an adapter called the Lightning Digital AV adapter. You may have never heard of this adapter, so below is a picture of how it looks.

How to Project iPhone Display to TV

Also, when you walk into a store selling things like this cable, they should understand what you’re saying when you tell them you want to buy the cable. You’d also need an HDMI cable. The need for an HDMI cable is not optional. In other words, you should get one, even if you don’t have one. HDMI cables are very popular, so getting one shouldn’t be a problem.

Lastly, you’d need a Lightning cable. This is an optional item. But if you’d like to charge your phone while projecting its display, then you’d need this cable. A Lightning C cable isn’t also something that should be difficult to get.

So after you must have gotten all these items, follow the following steps:

Step 1: Connect the small end of the Lightning Digital AV Adapter to your iPhone

With the help of this adapter, you can project as high as 1,080p graphics to a TV. This adapter is among the things produced by Apple, so you should find it in most Apple stores. And as you might have already predicted, it costs some severe amount of money to get this adapter. But even though the adapter can be pretty expensive, the quality of the adapter is epic.

It is also worthwhile stating that Apple isn’t the only company producing Lightning Digital AV adapters. We also have a good number of other companies producing it. In other words, if you find those contributed by Apple to be too expensive, you can opt-in for a product from some other manufacturer.

Step 2: Connect one end of the HDMI cable to the other end of the Lightning Digital AV adapter

Ordinarily, the HDMI cable is all we should have needed to project an iPhone display to the TV. But since iPhones don’t directly support HDMI cables, we have to bring the Lightning Digital AV adapter into the picture.

Step 3: Connect a Lightning cable to the Lightning pass-through of the Lightning Digital AV adapter

The connection we have made so far only helps project an iPhone display to TV. In other words, This doesn’t necessarily mean the phone would also be charging as its screen is being projected. And for those who’d love to charge their phone, while projecting its display, you’d have to connect a Lightning cable to the Lightning pass-through featured on the Lightning Digital AV adapter.

Step 4: Connect the other end of the HDMI cord to your TV

This step is the last one you’d have to do. Once you connect the HDMI cord to your TV, the display of the iPhone should appear on your TV. If it doesn’t, check if you have selected the HDMI port as your input source.

We’d also like to state that when taking this approach, the set up would not only display your iPhone screen on your TV, it would also forward its audio output to the TV. In other words, if your TV comes with built-in speakers, the sound would start coming out of your TV speakers and not your iPhone.


Projecting an iPhone display to TV, is as simple as we have discussed. This method should work for everyone. You should, however, note that only the following iPhones have support for this display projection:

  • iPhone 11 Pro
  • iPhone 11 Pro Max
  • iPhone 11
  • iPhone XS
  • iPhone XS Max
  • iPhone XR
  • iPhone X
  • iPhone 8
  • iPhone 8 Plus
  • iPhone 7
  • iPhone 7 Plus
  • iPhone 6s
  • iPhone 6s Plus
  • iPhone 6
  • iPhone 6 Plus
  • iPhone SE
  • iPhone 5s
  • iPhone 5c
  • iPhone 5

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