How to use Apple AirPlay to mirror your iPhone, Mac screen on TV, Roku and more

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Getting your iPhone screen onto your TV is easier than you think.


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Ever want to get a video clip of photos from your phone to the big TV screen? If you have an iPhone, or an iPad tablet or Mac computer, it’s incredibly easy. The only catch is that your TV needs a way to work with AirPlay, Apple’s system for screen mirroring. The good news is that more smart TVs than ever, as well as Roku and Apple TV streaming devices, can make it happen.

Any iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch running iOS 4.2 or newer will have AirPlay built-in, so even if you have an Apple device that’s several years old, it most likely supports and works with AirPlay. On the TV side you’ll need a compatible Roku TV or streamer, an Apple TV streamer or a 2019 or newer smart TV from LG, Samsung, Sony or Vizio. Amazon’s newest Fire TV models also support AirPlay, but Fire TV sticks do not. Note that Roku and smart TVs require AirPlay 2 on your Apple devices, which is available with iOS 12.3 or later and MacOS Mojave 10.14.5 or later.

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Roku streamers and Roku TVs work with Apple AirPlay now too.


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Have an Apple TV or AirPlay 2 compatible device? It’s easy peasy

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If you already use an Apple TV to stream movies and shows, or have a Roku device or smart TV that supports Apple’s AirPlay 2 protocol as mentioned above, then you don’t need to buy or do anything other than tap a few buttons on your screen. Just make sure your Apple device and Apple TV are on the same Wi-Fi network, then follow these instructions. There are two sets: One for the iPhone and iPad, and one for Mac. 

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