How to Use Airplay: View iPhone Pictures on Your TV Easily

Want to show off your latest iPhone pictures on a bigger screen? Using AirPlay, you can easily view your pictures on your TV. All you need is an iPhone, a TV that supports AirPlay, and a Wi-Fi connection. It’s perfect for sharing memories with friends and family or just enjoying your photos in high definition.

Step by Step Tutorial: How to Use Airplay to View an iPhone Picture on Your TV

Before we dive into the specific steps, let’s understand what we’ll be accomplishing here. By following the steps below, you’ll be able to wirelessly send a picture from your iPhone to your TV. This way, everyone in the room can see it in full detail.

Step 1: Connect your iPhone and TV to the same Wi-Fi network

For AirPlay to work, both your iPhone and TV must be connected to the same wireless network.

When your devices are connected to the same Wi-Fi network, they can communicate with each other. This is essential for AirPlay to work because it relies on this network to transmit data. If they’re on different networks, they won’t be able to find each other, and you won’t be able to share your pictures.

Step 2: Open the photo you want to view on your TV

Find the picture you want to share in your iPhone’s Photos app and open it.

This step is straightforward. Just like you would to view any picture on your iPhone, navigate to your Photos app, find the picture you wish to display on your TV, and tap on it to open.

Step 3: Tap the share icon on your iPhone

The share icon looks like a square with an arrow pointing up out of it, usually found at the bottom left of your screen.

Once you’ve tapped the share icon, a menu will pop up with different options for sharing your photo. This is where AirPlay comes into play, as one of the sharing options.

Step 4: Select “AirPlay” from the list of options

Scroll through the list of sharing options until you see AirPlay and select it.

After selecting AirPlay, your iPhone will search for devices on the same Wi-Fi network that are available for AirPlay. This should include your TV if it’s compatible and connected properly.

Step 5: Choose your TV from the list of available devices

Your TV should be listed by its name. Tap on it to connect.

Once you tap on your TV’s name, your iPhone will start the process of AirPlay mirroring to your TV. The picture you selected should appear on the TV screen within a few seconds.

After completing these steps, you’ll see your iPhone picture displayed in all its glory on your TV. It’s a great way to share photos with a group, or just enjoy your photography on a larger screen.

Tips: Making the Most of AirPlay for Viewing iPhone Pictures on Your TV

  • Ensure that your TV’s firmware and your iPhone’s iOS are both up to date for the best AirPlay experience.
  • If you’re having trouble connecting, try restarting both your iPhone and TV, as well as your Wi-Fi router.
  • For a slideshow effect, you can select multiple photos in your iPhone’s Photos app before tapping the share icon.
  • Remember that while using AirPlay, phone calls or messages may interrupt the connection. Consider enabling ‘Do Not Disturb’ mode for uninterrupted viewing.
  • If your TV does not support AirPlay, you can use an Apple TV or an AirPlay 2-compatible smart TV to connect.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I AirPlay to a non-Apple TV?

Yes, as long as the TV supports AirPlay 2, you can use this feature with a non-Apple TV.

Non-Apple TVs that support AirPlay 2 can work just as well as Apple TVs for this purpose. Just ensure that the TV has the latest firmware installed that supports AirPlay 2 functionality.

Will AirPlay work over a cellular connection, or do I need Wi-Fi?

AirPlay requires both devices to be connected to the same Wi-Fi network to work.

Because AirPlay transmits data over Wi-Fi, a cellular connection will not suffice. For the best results, make sure you have a reliable Wi-Fi connection.

How do I know if my TV supports AirPlay?

Check your TV’s specifications or settings menu for mention of AirPlay 2.

Many modern smart TVs support AirPlay 2. If your TV is relatively new, chances are good that it has this feature. You can usually find this information in the TV’s settings menu under network or connection options.

Why isn’t my iPhone finding my TV when I try to AirPlay?

Make sure both devices are on the same Wi-Fi network, and that AirPlay is enabled on your TV.

Sometimes the issue is as simple as the devices being on different networks. If that’s not the problem, check your TV’s settings to make sure AirPlay is enabled. If all else fails, restarting the devices can often solve the issue.

Can I use AirPlay to show videos or music on my TV as well?

Yes, AirPlay supports video and audio mirroring in addition to photos.

AirPlay is versatile enough to handle video and audio streaming as well as photos. So feel free to show off your latest vacation video or play your favorite album through your TV’s speakers.


  1. Connect your iPhone and TV to the same Wi-Fi network.
  2. Open the photo you want to view on your TV.
  3. Tap the share icon on your iPhone.
  4. Select “AirPlay” from the list of options.
  5. Choose your TV from the list of available devices.


In the era where smartphones are our primary cameras, it’s common to have a gallery full of memories we want to share with our loved ones. Thanks to the wonders of AirPlay, you can easily beam your favorite iPhone pictures onto your TV and enjoy them in full screen. The process is simple, requiring only a few taps on your iPhone and a compatible TV. Just make sure both devices are connected to the same Wi-Fi network, and you’re good to go. Whether it’s a family gathering or a solo trip down memory lane, AirPlay is a convenient way to bring your digital memories to life on a larger canvas. So go ahead, start the show and let those beautiful pictures tell their stories on the big screen.

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