What is Screen Mirroring on an iPhone, and how does it work?

Have you  ever wondered how iPhone screen mirroring works or how to connect your iPhone to a smart TV? Well, wonder no more as we are about to dive deep into the details to move from an amateur to a pro on the subject.. 

What is iPhone Screen Mirroring?

Screen mirroring refers to showing the iPhone’s display on a Mac, Apple TV, or Smart TV. Screen mirroring lets you see what you are doing on your phone on your TV through a Wi-Fi connection. Whether you are playing games, watching videos or the other ‘million’ things that you do on your phone but now on these other bigger devices.

There is an essential distinction between “mirroring” and “AirPlay”. Mirroring makes a copy of what you’re doing on your iPhone, but AirPlay lets you play any image, audio, or video on your iPhone on a TV without losing quality.

How to Show Your iPhone’s Screen on a Mac or TV

This is how to mirror an iPhone’s Screen on a TV or Mac:

Step 1:

 Ensure you connect your iPhone to the same Wi-Fi network as your Mac, Apple TV, or a smart TV that is AirPlay compatible.

Step 2: 

  • Launch your iPhone’s control center.
  • On iPhones 8 and older, swipe up from the bottom of the Screen.
  • On the iPhone X and newer, swipe down from the top right of the Screen.

Step 3:

Turn on Screen Mirroring.

Step 4:

Choose your device from the list, whether it’s a Mac, Apple TV, or smart TV.

Step 5:

If your iPhone asks you for a passcode, enter it. The big Screen will now look like the Screen on your iPhone.

Step 6: 

To turn off Screen mirroring on your iPhone, open the Control Center again and choose Screen Mirroring > Stop Mirroring. Apple TV menu button stops reflecting.

How to Send Video from your iPhone to a TV using AirPlay

Step 1:

Ensure your iPhone is on the same Wi-Fi network as your Apple TV or a smart TV that works with AirPlay.

Step 2:

Stream any video or audio on your iPhone.

Step 3:

Switch  AirPlay on. In some apps, you may need to tap Share before using AirPlay.

Step 4:

Choose your TV from the list that shows up. 

Step 5:

To stop the broadcast, tap the AirPlay icon on your app.

Using my iPhone with a Regular TV 

Even though screen mirroring is a quick and easy way to watch entertainment on a bigger screen from your iPhone, not everyone has it. However, there are several ways to connect your iPhone to a regular TV.

Mirroring your iPhone with Apple’s Digital AV Adapter

With Apple’s Digital AV Adapter, which changes from lightning to Type C and HDMI, you may connect your iPhone to any television with a HDMI port. Connecting your iPhone to a significantly larger display with an HDMI cord allows you to watch videos with 1080p pictures and audio on a much bigger screen.

This method has only one problem: you always have to keep your phone connected to the adapter.

Mirroring an iPhone with a Chromecast by Google Device

Chromecast is a casting device that  transforms any TV into a smart TV, allowing you to connect to your phone or tablet. It’s a small device that looks like a dongle and plugs into the tv’sHDMI port. It lets you mirror the Screen of your iPhone to any TV, as long as your television and your iPhone device are linked to the same Wi-FI network. In addition to the hardware, you’ll need to download the Chromecast app to your iPhone.

Mirroring your iPhone with Third-Party Apps

There are many third-party apps, like LetsView and AirBeamTV that you can use to mirror your iPhone screen to a smart TV. You do not need any tools to purchase these apps, but you may have to pay a subscription. Ensure that your iPhone and smart TV are connected on the same Wi-Fi network, then follow the on-screen instructions to install apps on both devices to finish the process.


There are many reasons to use Screen mirroring on an iPhone. With this guide, you won’t have trouble mirroring your iPhone’s Screen to a PC or a Smart TV. Enjoy your phone on a bigger screen!