How to Mirror Your iPhone to a TV Without Wi-Fi

How to Mirror Your iPhone to a TV Without Wi-Fi

There are times when you want to share content from your iPhone with others, but Wi-Fi is not available. Fortunately, there are several solutions available if that is the case.

In this article, we will show you how to mirror your iPhone to your TV without using a Wi-Fi connection.

Connecting via Apple Peer to Peer Airplay

The latest versions of Apple TV, such as Apple TV Fourth Generation, or Third Generation Apple TV Rev. A, will support Peer to Peer Airplay without Wi-Fi. If you have a Third Generation Rev. A, it must also run on Apple TV Software 7.0 or newer.

Additionally, you must have an iOS device that is at least a 2012 model or newer, and that has at least iOS 8 running on it. Unfortunately, Peer to Peer Airplay is not supported on previous devices. You can still use screen mirroring on older devices but a Wi-Fi connection will be required.


If you have the tools needed, then Screen Mirroring through Peer to Peer Airplay can be done by following these steps:

  1. Disconnect your Apple TV and iOS from any Wi-Fi network – Peer to Peer Airplay works outside of Wi-Fi and may not work when your device is connected to the network. On Apple TV, Wi-Fi can be turned off by going to Settings, clicking Network, then clicking Wi-Fi. If Apple TV is connected to any network, it will be displayed here. Click on the name of the current Wi-Fi network, then click Forget Network.
    On your iOS, proceed to Settings, look for Wi-Fi, then click or tap to see connection information. Click Forget Network to disconnect from it.
    Note that forgetting the network is done so that the device does not automatically reconnect to your Wi-Fi. You must remember your SSID and Wi-Fi password if you want to reconnect later. Don’t continue if you don’t know your SSID or Wi-Fi password.2
  2. Connect the two devices to Bluetooth – Because Peer to Peer Airplay is a wireless function, Bluetooth needs to communicate with each other. Bluetooth is active by default on Apple TV. Check your iOS if it’s turned on by swiping down and tapping the Bluetooth icon.
  3. Turn on Wi-Fi on your iOS – Turning on this will involve Peer to Peer Airplay. You don’t need to be connected, but it must be turned on. The Airplay Control is displayed as Screen Mirror in the Control Center. If it doesn’t appear, try moving the device closer. If that fails, try restarting your iOS device.
  4. After you see Screen Mirroring, tap on it. Your Apple TV must be registered. If you are asked for a connection password, it will appear on your TV screen. Enter it to activate the feature. You can now reflect the screen to your TV.

Use the Apple Lightning Connector to the HDMI Port

Another method for mirroring your screen is to connect the two devices with a cable. Apple Lightning Connector will connect your iPhone through the lower port then via an HDMI cable. Connect one of the ports to your phone, plug an HDMI cable into your TV, connect it to the Lightning connector, and your screen is directly mirrored to your TV.

This is a very quick and uncomplicated solution if you don’t mind dealing with all the cables. Plus, you don’t need Apple TV to make this work. As long as your TV has an HDMI port, this solution will work. If you want to stop mirroring, simply disconnect the cable.

There are other connector cables out there that are not official from Apple that can be used, if desired. If you want to make sure that you won’t damage your hardware, it’s better to keep using official products if possible.


Practical Features

Not everyone has Wi-Fi available at all times, and can reflect your iPhone to TV without it being more useful. Likewise, the ability to share your mobile content to a bigger screen.

Do you have other tips and tricks on how to mirror your iPhone to a TV without Wi-Fi? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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