Sometimes your iPhone or iPad screen is just too small. Fortunately, it's easy enough to connect your iOS device to any recent TV for a bigger-screen workout experience. Here's our guide, from the simplest to the most complex solutions.
By far the simplest way to connect to your TV is to use a cable like Apple's Digital AV Adapter, which connects your Apple device to your TV's HDMI port. You'll also need a standard HDMI cable — any one will do, so just buy the least expensive one you can find.
Just check what kind of port is on your iPhone or iPad and choose the corresponding AV adapter. The most recent models have a USB-C port. Older models have a lightning port.
You'll find lots of cheaper non-Apple branded AV adapters on Amazon etc. One caveat is that these tend to lack High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection (HDCP), which prevents pirates capturing digital content so they often don't work with digital streaming services.
Maybe you don't want a pesky wire between your iPhone and your TV. The easiest way to connect wirelessly is with Apple's AirPlay feature, which allows you to mirror your iPhone or iPad via the Apple TV or TVs that support AirPlay 2.
If you have an Apple TV set up, make sure it's connected to the same Wi-Fi network as your iPhone or iPad. Swipe up from the bottom of (or diagonally front the top-right corner onto) your iPhone or iPad's screen to launch Control Center, tap AirPlay Mirroring (a box with an arrow pointing up into it), then select your Apple TV. Your Apple TV will stream a mirror of whatever is on your device's screen.
Apple finally opened up its streaming platform and some smart TV's support AirPlay streaming. Among the vendors are LG (2019 models), Samsung (2018 and 2019 models), Sony (2019 models), and Vizio (2017, 2018, and 2019 models). While you're not likely to run out and buy a new television to cast workouts and YouTube videos, it is probably something to keep in mind when you're shopping for your next big screen.
One warning regarding this method: In very crowded Wi-Fi environments, AirPlay video might break up or stutter. In that case, use a cable. But it should be fine for most homes. Get more help with: AirPlay to AppleTV.
You may have another streaming device. The apps required often require some sort of one-off purchase or subscription but it works well for many users so we've put together some guides: