How to Hook an iPhone Camera to a Screen

The AV Adapter also lets you stream movies from your iPhone to your TV.
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Hooking an iPhone to a TV or computer monitor enables you to mirror your phone's display on a much larger screen, making it easier for audiences to see the content on your device. The iPhone becomes an ideal tool for class presentations when connected to a screen, allowing you to view photos and show live footage through the phone's camera app. The iPhone can be connected to HDMI monitors using the Apple Lightning Digital AV Adapter.

Connect the Lightning Digital AV Adapter to your iPhone's Lightning interface, and connect an HDMI cable to the adapter's HDMI interface. Plug the other end of the HDMI cable into your display.

Select the channel that corresponds to the HDMI port that the phone is connected to on your display. The display automatically begins mirroring the iPhone's screen.

Tap the iPhone's “Camera” icon. The display changes to show live pictures from the iPhone's on-board camera.

Tap the iPhone's “Shutter” button to take a picture, and then tap the picture's thumbnail. The picture shows on both the iPhone's screen and the display.

  • Information in this article applies to iPhone 5, 5c and 5s devices. It may vary slightly or significantly with other versions or products.

Andy Walton has been a technology writer since 2009, specializing in networking and mobile communications. He was previously an IT technician and product manager. Walton is based in Leicester, England, and holds a bachelor's degree in information systems from the University of Leeds.