As an owner of an Apple device, I know the frustration of trying to connect Facetime to a TV. After much research and testing, I am here to share with you how I was able to successfully connect Facetime to my TV, as well as some other solutions I discovered along the way.
Can You Connect Facetime to the TV?
Yes, you can. However, you should know that Facetime is exclusive to Apple devices, aka iPhones, iPads, and Macs.
As for TV sets, you can mirror the screen on any of your Apple devices to almost any type of smart TV. You just need to have a few things to make sure the TV is able to pick up on the signal coming from the Apple device.
This is an excellent time to point out that there’s no way to directly connect Facetime to your TV unless it’s an Apple TV, which basically means any TV that’s been set up with an Apple TV Box.
On the other hand, other TVs can only mirror the screen from the device you’re using to Facetime onto your smart TV.
From those, there are some smart TV models, such as LG, Sony, and Vizio, that don’t need specific apps or additional hardware to mirror your screen.
Alternatively, other brands, the most popular being Samsung, requires you to download a mirroring app and configure it with your device before you can start mirroring Facetime on your TV screen.
How to Connect Facetime to the TV?
To get Facetime on your TV, you need to have an Apple TV Box. This black-colored, small-sized streaming device may look like a simple piece of hardware. Trust us, it’s not.
It’s literally your gateway to almost every content on the internet, and all it does is it allows you to stream that content onto almost any modern TV model with an HDMI input port.
Not only that, but it makes the whole casting process go over much more smoothly and efficiently.
So, what happens if you don’t have an Apple TV Box? We have a few ways around this problem.
Take a look.
AirPlay, and its upgraded version AirPlay 2, is the app that comes with all Apple TV Boxes. It lets you cast the screen from an Apple device onto any compatible TV device.
So, if you’ve set up your Apple TV, you should have no problem connecting Facetime to the TV.
It’s worth mentioning that some smart TVs come preloaded with the AirPlay app. This includes brands like Roku, Sony, Vizio, and LG, among others.
Easy access to this app makes connecting devices much quicker and more seamless.
It also means you can do without an Apple TV Box.
HDMI Lightning Port Dongle
This option is an inexpensive and efficient way to connect Facetime to your TV. It’s a two-part system consisting of an HDMI cable and a dongle.
First, plug the dongle into the Apple device you’re using, whether it’s an iPad or iPhone. Next, attach the cable to one of the TV’s HDMI ports.
Then, switch to the HDMI source using the ‘Source’ button on your remote control. This will automatically mirror the phone or tablet screen onto your smart TV screen.
Android Screen Mirroring Apps
Here are two of the most commonly used mirroring apps for smart Android TVs.
This app for Android smart TVs is the one that most resembles the AirPlay app. It’s available for both Android and iOS devices.
To use AirBeam:
- Download the app on your device and your Android TV.
- Next, connect both devices to the same Wifi network.
- Then, open the Control Center on the iOS device and search for ‘Screen Recording.’
- Tap the name of your TV and give the two devices to connect.
- Your device screen will automatically mirror on the TV screen.
LetsView is a free Android app that allows you to mirror content from your iOS device to your TV. Here’s how to use it:
- First, download the LetsView app on your Android TV and iOS device.
- Then, connect both devices to the same Wifi network and open the app on both devices.
- In the Control Center on your iOS device, click on ‘Screen Mirroring.’
- Next, search for the app and then for your TV.
- Automatically, the screen of your iOS device will appear on the TV screen.
A Final Note
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Whatever model or brand TV you have, there’s a way to Facetime on your TV. Some sets allow for a smooth, direct connection, while others need some kind of app or hardware to allow this feature.
Either way, you now know how to connect Facetime to your TV for a more enjoyable experience.
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