Are you looking on how to stream from iPhone to TV without WiFi? Or confused if this is possible?
In this guide, we’ll walk you through the process of how you can stream Netflix from iPhone to the TV without Wi-Fi, as well as other offline streaming services. So, sit back and relax!
There are quite a few ways to stream Netflix and other video-streaming websites from your iPhone to your TV without having Wi-Fi. You can use Apple Peer to Peer Airplay, an HDMI cable, and Chromecast!
Let us learn in details!
How to Stream From iPhone to TV Without WiFi?
Contrary to popular belief, there are a couple of ways on how you can mirror content from your iPhone to your TV without the use of Wi-Fi, and we’ll detail everything out separately.
Wi-Fi, in its sense alone, is already a hub or a centralized place where various devices can meet. Therefore, having Wi-Fi immediately takes care of the problem of how devices can interact with each other.
However, you can’t have Wi-Fi everywhere you go, especially when you’re traveling. For instance, if you’re at a hotel and you’re not comfortable using their public internet, but you want to mirror or stream content from your phone without an internet connection.
So, here are the different methods you can use to stream content from your iPhone to a TV with no internet connection.
Screen Mirroring Through Apple Peer to Peer Airplay
Out of all the different methods, this remains to be the best and the highest-tech of all. However, it’s the most requiring one as well.
To make it work, you would need an Apple TV (at least Third Gen running Software 7.0 or later), an iOS device that is at least a 2012 model (that is currently at iOS 8 at least).
If you have all the requirements, then we’re all set! Here’s the comprehensive guide on connecting or mirroring your iPhone to your TV without the assistance of Wi-Fi.
Step 1: Disconnecting iPhone From Wi-Fi
The very first step you need to do is to ensure that both devices aren’t connected to any Wi-Fi network.
Airplay or Peer to Peer would not work within a Wi-Fi environment. Therefore, you need to make sure that the capability of both devices is disabled.
To disconnect your iPhone from any network, go to Settings > Wi-Fi. You’ll automatically see if it’s connected to a network.
If it’s connected, simply tap on it and select Forget Network.
Step 2: Disconnecting Apple TV from Wi-Fi
Now that you’re done disconnecting your iPhone, what you need to disconnect now would be your Apple TV.
On your Apple TV, go to Settings > Network. Opening network will redirect you to a prompt where it will give you the option to choose Wi-Fi.
Akin to an iPhone, you’ll immediately see if the TV is connected to any Wi-Fi network. Simply tap on Forget Network to disconnect it entirely.
Forgetting the network means that you wouldn’t be able to automatically reconnect to it again. Therefore, you need to ensure that you have the SSID (network name) and the password memorized.
Step 3: Activating Bluetooth of Both Devices
After you disconnect both devices from Wi-Fi, the next step is to activate the Bluetooth capabilities of both devices.
By default, the Bluetooth of Apple TVs are turned on. So, you don’t have to think about how you’ll activate it.
On an iPhone, though, you can activate it via the quick action menu or by swiping down from the top of your screen, enabling Bluetooth. Alternatively, you can go to Settings > Bluetooth and activate it there.
Step 4: Turning Wi-Fi on Your iPhone On
We’ve disconnected from it earlier, do we need to reconnect it again?
The purpose of forgetting the network is for both your iPhone and your Apple TV to be disconnected from Wi-Fi but still, have the Wi-Fi feature enabled.
When you turn your Wi-Fi on and you successfully connect your iPhone to your Apple TV, it will give you a prompt on your iPhone as Screen Mirroring.
9 times out of 10, it wouldn’t work immediately. You would need to restart both devices to make it work.
More so, if you established a password on the connection, you would have to enter it. It’ll usually appear on the Apple TV’s screen.
That’s how you can link or mirror your iPhone to your TV without the help of Wi-Fi. Now that we’re done with the “wireless” part, let’s get onto the wired and the traditional one, which is…
Connecting via the Apple Lightning Connector to HDMI
If you want to stream Netflix from your iPhone to your TV without Wi-Fi, this is the method you should be doing. Unfortunately, streaming Netflix using Peer to Peer Airplay doesn’t work – and it has already been proven and tested.
It’s not just Netflix – other third-party apps don’t work under Peer to Peer Airplay, too. And that’s what this next tutorial is for.
So, without further ado, here’s the complete and detailed guide on how you can use the Apple Lightning Connector to stream contents from your iPhone to your TV.
All you have to do is to connect the Apple Lightning Connector to your phone; plug in one end of the HDMI cable to your TV, and one end to the Lightning Connector – and there you have it, your screen is instantly mirrored.
It’s that easy – you don’t need to toggle anything on your iPhone or on your TV. It’s as simple as purchasing the Apple Lightning Connector, plugging the iPhone into it, and plugging the HDMI in!
The only drawback of using this method is that you need to have the Lightning Connector, which comes at a price.
But, you’ll have the freedom to be able to stream Netflix, as well as other content from your iPhone to your TV even if you’re not connected to any Wi-Fi network.
In using Chromecast to stream content from your iPhone or iPad to a TV, you need to have some preparations.
For one, the Chromecast device needs to be at its latest version. It wouldn’t be effective if the version is outdated.
Then, on your iPhone and TV, you need to have the latest version of the Google Home application installed.
Lastly, you would need a travel router. No, it’s not a device you’ll use to have a Wi-Fi connection, we’ll explain what you need it for at the latter part of this guide.
Step 1: Setting Up the Travel Router
The first thing you need to do is to establish your travel router. Assign a network name (SSID) for it, as well as a password.
This will serve as a “meeting point” for all the devices that will take part. It’s the phase where you’ll establish a “network” even if it doesn’t have internet – it’s just an area designed to make all devices meet.
Step 2: Connecting Chromecast and TV to the Travel Router
Then, on your TV, access Google Home and connect Chromecast to the travel router (SSID) or the network you’ve set up.
Afterwards, you have to plug the travel router into a plug so that it will provide a new network connection. This is what allows you to connect to it even if it doesn’t have internet.
Step 3: Connecting the TV to the Network
The next thing you need to do is to connect your TV to the travel router. You’ll be able to see it on the Settings part of your television.
If the SSID or the network doesn’t automatically appear, you have the option to search for it. Search for the exact network name you’ve set up on your travel router – synonyms, keywords, or similar characters would not work.
Step 4: Connecting the iPhone to the Network
Lastly, on your iPhone, you need to turn wireless on to join the network (travel router). Once you’re successful in connecting your iPhone to the network, access Google Home on your iPhone and connect to Chromecast.
From there, you’ll now be able to stream all the local or saved content on your device to your TV.
Got Other Ideas?
Those are some of the tried and tested ways on how you can stream local content from your iPhone to your TV without the aid of wireless internet networks.
Many people thought to stream from iPhone to TV without Wifi as an impossible thing at first, but after they found out about these methods, they became believers.
You don’t have to be an expert or an IT professional to be able to do it. As a matter of fact, you can do any of these in less than 10 minutes!
So, for all the different ways on how you can stream from your iPhone to TV without Wi-Fi, what is your favorite? Which of the methods appeal to you the most and why?
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Kevin has over five years of experience working in various Tech startups and providing Technical solutions. He has contributed to many Tech publications and websites.