How To Play Video From Phone To TV

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Most of us play videos on our phones or tablets. But watching on small screens just doesn’t give that same entertainment experience as enjoying a show on the big screen with surround sound.

It’s simple to figure out how to play video from phone to TV or from your iPad. There are many options ranging from plugging in a cable to screen mirroring to your TV from iPhone, iPad, MacBook or Android devices.

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Using a cable, such as an HDMI cord or Plug and Play (PnP), may be the cheapest way to play video from phone to TV. However, that means setting up cables long enough to extend from your device to the TV. You may also need to purchase an adapter.

Plus, certain HDMI cables do not support paid subscriptions and apps when you try to watch videos from your phone to the TV.

You can simplify your entertainment setup with a wireless app that instantly casts videos from your phone or tablet, cable-free. For example, the screen mirroring apps from AirBeamTV casts video straight from your Mac, iPhone & iPad to your television.

Anyone can learn how to watch video from your phone to the TV. Continue reading to find out how to play video on your smart TV from your phone, tablet or computer in just a few easy steps.

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AirBeamTV App To Watch Videos From Phone To TV

You can stream video from your phone using Apple’s AirPlay. But you’ll need to make sure to have a compatible Apple TV unit. Some TV brands offer integrated AirPlay solutions for certain models.

If you don’t have an Apple TV or AirPlay, you can turn to third-party apps, like AirBeamTV, which work on a larger variety of television sets.

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AirBeamTV records the screen on your phone and then “beams” that video to your television through the WiFi network. You don’t need any additional hardware to set it up. Once you download the AirBeamTV app of choice to your device, you can mirror the video to your TV. Then you can share your screen “live” on any TV. The app works across all popular TV brands.

  • Download the app.
  • Choose your video on your phone.
  • Click “Start Mirroring”.
  • The app plays the video from iPhone to TV.

Ready to watch videos from your phone to the TV, or from your iPad? Keep reading to find out how to play videos on the big screen from your iPhone or iPad.

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How To Play Video From iPhone To TV

If you have an iPhone, you may not be able to play video from iPhone to TV using Apple’s built-in wireless display standard. You’ll need a compatible Apple TV unit, like Apple TV 2 and up, which can cost $150 and up.

Television owners who don’t have an Apple TV or AirPlay 2-compatible televisions can turn to Screen Mirroring apps, which work similarly. Just make sure to update your device to the most current software for the latest compatibility. Then take the following steps to play video from iPhone to TV, or using your iPad.

Step 1: Select Your TV

Download the AirBeamTV Screen Mirroring App for your TV brand. Click “Install” and launch the app on your phone. Select your TV from the menu that you would like to use for mirroring.

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Step 2: Start Mirroring

Click “Start Mirroring”. Select ‘Mirror [Name of TV]’ and press “Start Broadcast”.

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Step 3: Enjoy watching!

Your screen will appear on your television. Start playing videos and enjoy!

How To Play Video From iPad To TV

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Want to know how to play video from iPad to TV? If you have already downloaded an AirBeamTV Screen Mirroring app for instance, you can start watching video right away.

Open the app on your iPad. A window should appear. Make sure that the target device matches the television you wish to use. The source should show the name of your iPad. You can also choose the streaming quality, enable sound on the TV or display video to fit the screen.

When settings meet your preferences, click the “Start Mirroring” button. The video on your iPad will instantly appear on the TV. Sit back and enjoy!

How To Watch Videos From Android Phone On TV

Choose one of the options below to watch videos from Android phone on TV:

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Use a Chromecast dongle to cast a video to your TV. The attachment for Android phones support a range of popular streaming services.

Learn how to set up Chromecast in minutes.

How to play video from phone on Roku tV?

AirBeamTV allows you to play video from your phone on Roku TV. AirBeamTV is an app that can be downloaded onto your phone. Once AirBeamTV is installed, you will need to connect your phone to the same WiFi network as your Roku TV.

After your phone and Roku TV are connected to the same WiFi network, you will open the AirBeamTV app and select “Roku TV” as the destination device. Then, you will select the video you want to play on your Roku TV.

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Screen Mirroring

Use screen mirroring to watch videos from Android phone on TV, for apps without a casting option. Open your phone settings and click on “Cast” to begin.

Samsung Galaxy Smart View

Use the “Smart View” option to mirror your phone on TV, if you own a Samsung Galaxy. Discover it in “Settings”.

HDMI USB Adapter

Another way to watch videos to your TV from most Android phones is by using a cable. Connect your phone to TV with a USB-C to HDMI adapter. A disadvantage is that it may not support paid streaming services, like Netflix, or Disney. Also, HDMI-cables are clunky and quite unsafe.

How to screen mirror from Android to Roku?

The easiest and quickest way to mirror your Android device to Roku is with the AirBeamTV Roku Screen Mirroring + Cast app. Get it now for free on Google Play Store!

The app allows you to easily cast from your Android smartphone or tablet to your Roku.

How do I screen mirror to LG TV from Android phone

LG TV is one of the most popular Smart TV manufacturers out there. It’s not surprising that you might want to mirror your Android to your LG TV.

Good news – with the AirBeamTV LG TV Cast & Screen Mirroring app, you can easily cast your Android to your LG! What’s more – it’s free to try!

How to screen mirror to Samsung TV from Android

Samsung produces virtually everything and anything. That includes excellent Smart TVs!

Do you own a Samsung TV and want to cast your Android phone or tablet to it? Look no further than the AirBeamTV Screen Mirroring Samsung TV app!

How to screen mirror from Android to Firestick

Fire TV or Firestick is a popular streaming device made by Amazon. You can cast to Fire TV from your Android smartphone or tablet using the AirBeamTV Fire TV & Firestick Mirroring.

You can set this free-to-try app up in less than a minute. Then, all that’s left for you to do is to sit back, relax and enjoy!

Mirror Livestream Videos To TV

One of the great things about screen mirroring is that it prevents you from having to watch content on small screens. Like livestreams on YouTube, Twitch or Instagram Live. You don’t want to watch that on your little phone. Screen mirror all web videos to TV from your phone with the AirBeamTV app.

Discover this list with 30 free live cams on YouTube. And, stream it to your smart tv in record time.


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Why settle for the small screen? Use the best way to play videos from your phone to tv. With screen mirroring apps, like AirBeamTV, you can cast any video from your phone to the TV without a hassle.

Remember, these apps aren’t just limited to videos either. You can mirror the screen, which is great for showing presentations, viewing pictures and browsing websites, too. Whichever you prefer, enjoy all your favorite content on the big screen casting directly from your phone or tablet.


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