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Question: no Internet service. Can I mirror iPhone to Apple TV?

That’s basically it. I turned off my cable modem service for this apartment, and would like to play music and stream video from my iPhone, for which I have “unlimited“ data, to my Apple TV so I can watch on a decent size screen. Is there any way to do this? I spend most of my time in another city, and don’t want to pay $1000 a year for internet the few weeks I spend in this city. If not, is there such a thing as a lightning to HDMI cable?

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Nov 15, 2017 10:22 PM in response to Jonathan Hayes In response to Jonathan Hayes

OK – I see there is in fact a lightning to HDMI adapter, so I am not 100% lost here. However if it’s possible to mirror my iPhone to my Apple TV without an Internet connection, I would like that approach better.


Thanks in advance!

Nov 15, 2017 10:22 PM

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Nov 16, 2017 9:47 AM in response to Jonathan Hayes In response to Jonathan Hayes

If you have a 3rd gen (REV A) or newer then you can use peer to peer airplay.


However, even though it is unlimited the carrier can choose at any time to throttle once certain thresholds are reached. Also, if you are using Apple TV to stream a lot of high quality content on a regular basis then that would be in violation of their fair usage policy.

Nov 16, 2017 9:47 AM

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Nov 16, 2017 7:02 PM in response to Jonathan Hayes In response to Jonathan Hayes

Thank you. What I found was this: when I purchased an airport express, I was able to create a local network, and airplay my way onto the screen. This let me access material I had stored on my iPhone or computer. However, I wasn’t able to stream for example Netflix since I had switched my signal to the local network I had created, and therefore wasn’t getting my data signal.


I think I should just call it a day, return the router and get a lightning to HDMI adapter. In any case, the video quality was choppy, although the sound using iTunes wasn’t bad.

Nov 16, 2017 7:02 PM

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Nov 16, 2017 7:41 PM in response to Jonathan Hayes In response to Jonathan Hayes

You can skip wifi network and just directly mirror and explained in the link above. You need nothing else but your phone and apple tv, and should still be able to use your Cell connection to stream content.

Nov 16, 2017 7:41 PM

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Nov 16, 2017 7:43 PM in response to Phil0124 In response to Phil0124

My concern there is this (and I may be mistaken): I have unlimited data streaming, but I don’t think that applies to using the phone as a hotspot. The lightning to HDMI adapter may be inelegant, but I think it’ll be fairly effective, and I’ll be able to stream at full speed. Or least I imagine that to be the case.

Nov 16, 2017 7:43 PM

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Nov 16, 2017 8:04 PM in response to Jonathan Hayes In response to Jonathan Hayes

Yes, the adapter will work directly with no fuss.


Beyond that, the solution above has nothing really to do with Personal Hotspot.


It uses Bluetooth to find the Apple TV, and what is know as an adhoc wifi connection to mirror. No personal hotspot involved.


As far as your carrier is concerned your iPhone is streaming to itself.

Nov 16, 2017 8:04 PM

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Question: no Internet service. Can I mirror iPhone to Apple TV?