At first blush, this might seem too “techy” for a lot of people, but I urge you to read on. There are several great reasons why this matters to you. If you’ve ever wanted to do any of the following, it’s now possible …
- Share your iPhone photos and videos to your big-screen TV
- Stream a Facebook Watch video (like a church service) to your big-screen TV
- Join or host a Zoom meeting using your big-screen TV
- Play podcasts or music on your TV
Apple’s version of screen mirroring is called AirPlay and it’s been limited to its own Apple TV until now. Just recently Apple and Roku added support for AirPlay and screen mirroring. Your devices just have to meet a few minimum requirements.
- For Roku, the device has to support 4K, so that includes many devices including the Streaming Stick +, Ultra, and Premiere. Full details can be found here.
- For Apple, the iPhone or iPad has to be version iOS 12.3 or higher. There are a bunch of different ways to mirror content to another device, and Apple covers those details here.
- Zoom, knowing this is going to be a big thing, even has instructions on how to enable AirPlay screen sharing.
AirPlay support also means support for Apple HomeKit. (This is where it gets super techy.) This would include things like turning the TV off or on at specific times, using Siri voice control to play music or video on your TV, and even turn off the TV when you leave the house.
I urge you to give screen sharing a try. If you have trouble figuring it out, please contact Streaming Installers for some help.