Ever wondered how you can get what’s showing on your iPhone X screen onto the biggest screen in the room? Whether it’s a TV, projector or monitor, we’ve got four simple methods to accomplish this goal, including both wired and wireless options. Let’s get right into it!
1. Official Apple Lightning HDMI adapter
This is definitely the fastest way to connect your iPhone X to your TV. Just pick up this official Lightning to HDMI adapter made by Apple and an HDMI cable, and you’re ready to go. Plug the adapter into your iPhone’s Lightning port, then connect your HDMI cable between the adapter and your TV. Go to the right input, and you’ll see your iPhone X’s screen.
You’ll notice that you can play videos on the TV while keeping the controls out of sight on your screen. Best of all, there’s even a Lightning port on the adapter itself, allowing you to connect a charger and keep your iPhone X topped up throughout. This method is one of the easiest, and also allows for perfect visual and audio quality, without the compression found in wireless methods.
2. Apple TV and Apple TV 4K
Of all of the wireless methods, using the Apple TV is probably the most streamlined. Simply connect both your iPhone X and the Apple TV to the same wireless network, then swipe up from the bottom of the iPhone X to see the control centre. Select the AirPlay option, and choose to either mirror the display entirely or send individual videos over. You get reasonable quality despite the wireless link, and you can even send 4K and/or HDR videos if you have an Apple TV 4K.
3. Chromecast and Chromecast Ultra
Both of Google’s current-generation Chromecast devices also work surprisingly well with the iPhone X. These are a lot cheaper than their corresponding Apple TVs, so they can make a good budget choice — particularly if you want to have one device that works for both Android and iOS! Simply plug in the Chromecast into the back of your TV and set it up using the Google Home app. Once it’s on the same wireless network as your phone, you can either hit the Cast button in supported apps (including BT Sport, YouTube, Google Music and others) or mirror your entire screen from an option inside the Google Home app.
4. Official Apple Lightning VGA Adapter
If your TV or projector is a little old-school and doesn’t have a spare HDMI port, then you can still accomplish the same goal with a correspondingly old-school adapter: Lightning to VGA. This works the same as the HDMI adapter we covered earlier, but it’s worth noting that VGA is video only: no sound will be sent along the cable. For that reason, you’ll have to rely on the iPhone X’s built speakers or connect up a Bluetooth speaker (which may introduce audio lag, unfortunately). For that reason, the Lightning to VGA adapter should only be used as a last resort!
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