How to Display iPhone Photos on the TV

by Julius Vandersteen ; Updated September 28, 2017

Items you will need

  • VGA, HDMI, Component AV or Composite AV cable

  • Digital AV adapter with HDMI cable

If you’ve shot some pictures with your iPhone, you might prefer to view them and share them with others by displaying them on a TV set. The Apple iPhone has a 3.5-inch touch-sensitive LED display and two built-in cameras for shooting photos and videos. The photos are saved in the device’s “camera roll.” You can connect the iPhone to a TV using the inputs for VGA, Component AV, Composite AV or HDMI and a corresponding cable purchased separately.

Connect the iPhone Dock Connector cable end to the iPhone’s Dock Connector port, located on the bottom edge of the device.

Plug the other end of the cable into the VGA, Component AV, Composite AV or HDMI port on your television. Consult your TV’s user guide for details on the location and appearance of the inputs on your television.

Press the “Home” button or the “On/Off-Sleep/Wake” button on the top of the iPhone to turn it on. Drag the “Slide to Unlock” slider to the right.

Tap the “Photos” icon on the iPhone’s home screen. A list of albums appears. Tap “Camera Roll” or the name of another album. Thumbnail images of your pictures appear on the screen.

Tap a thumbnail to open the photo and see it displayed on the TV.

Tap the “Play” button at the bottom of the iPhone’s screen to start a slideshow of your pictures.

About the Author

Julius Vandersteen has been a freelance writer since 1999. His work has appeared in “The Los Angeles Times,” “Wired” and “S.F. Weekly.” Vandersteen has a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from San Francisco State University.

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